Monday, June 15, 2015

Thought experiment

Let's say, hypothetically speaking, that you have a seventeen-year-old son, with whom you have a really good relationship. Said son goes through a rough patch and then admits to you that he's experimented with marijuana. Because you are concerned about the implications of illegal drug use, and because, hypothetically speaking, you may have had a nasty drug habit of your own until 1996, you try to encourage him to stay clean. For the most part, your son complies. 

Let's say, hypothetically speaking, that you have someone near and dear to you who has a massive stroke, and that because of the severity of this stroke your loved one goes to live in a nursing home. Because this person's faith is important to them, you go out of your way to facilitate your loved one's participation in religious observance at the nursing home. After three or four weeks of helping your special someone to attend meetings, you are hypothetically approached by the branch president and his first counselor. In the course of your conversation, the first counselor mentions that he hopes your state will soon legalize, because that would be a great benefit to stroke patients. Hypothetically you stop and say, "Wait. What? Marijuana is beneficial to stroke patients?" And the first counselor in the branch presidency says, "Yes."

Let's say, hypothetically speaking, that the evening nurse at the nursing home is a clean cut, heavily tattooed, empty plug-holed young man who looks like he might be comfortable discussing the possible benefits of medical marijuana for stroke patients. So you ask. And maybe this kid knows a few people back in his home state where it's legal and he agrees to ask around for info as well as look a few things up for you online. 

Let's say, hypothetically speaking, that with the recovery trajectory you've been given by doctors and only four weeks left for major gains, trying medical marijuana simply can't hurt, even if it isn't guaranteed to help, because some stroke patients have seen improved connectivity in neural pathways and brain plasticity following use. And, hypothetically speaking, there's nothing else pharmacological that anyone has offered your loved one that might facilitate improved function.

Let's say, hypothetically speaking, your son knows people who could hook you up with an eighth. And the night nurse is encouraging you to give it a shot. And even though it's still not legal in your state, your loved one is willing to see what it might do for him. And let's say, hypothetically speaking, you have an awesome recipe for brownies.

So. Hypothetically speaking. What would you do?

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