Medical Marijuana

Medicine or Menace?

 There’s a lot of controversy around marijuana being a medicine in the news lately. Frankly I think if it helps why not use it. Well if you’re still not convinced, here are some facts about medical marijuana.  Even though most Americans may frown on recreational pot smoking, in recent months California,  Arizona, and some other states having allowed the use of medical marijuana as treatment to those with aids, eating disorders, and certain types of cancer. Some states have even legalized the recreational use of marijuana for those of a certain age and older.

Though marijuana has been banned as an illegal since 1937, most doctors would agree that marijuana is better than other synthetic drugs on the market. Marijuana’s basic mode of action is well known. Years ago, researchers discovered that the human body makes a chemical very similar to THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, and that the human brain holds receptors designed specifically to receive it.  The receptors are found in regions of the brain meant for motor activity, concentration and short-term memory. As anyone who ever smoked will argue, marijuana can disrupt all these functions.

Marijuana has been respected  and joked about for curing glaucoma. Even though it doesn’t actually cure this disease, doctors agree that just smoking a little pot will stimulate the nausea and lack of appetite. Physicians also comment that smoking weed helps cope with the wasting of radiation and chemo-therapy that is used as an anti-nausea drug for aids and some types of cancer.

There are other drugs that do this which are synthetic which also use THC, which is the main ingredient in marijuana. I know you’re probably asking yourself what’s stopping patients from selling their drugs to others. Well it’s the same for the selling of any other prescription drugs; you just have to stress the extreme concern about giving your medication to others and the serve consequences that fallow in doing so. But marijuana being a smoke able treatment you may use it as needed. Also, as an added benefit there has never been a case involving an overdose of marijuana.

So marijuana being used as a treatment for diseases and chronic pain may be a good idea. But still with all of these facts about marijuana the FDA will not let marijuana be tested as a medication. Why do you ask the world may never know, but after hearing this do you think marijuana is a menace to society or can it be used as a medication?

 

Do you think Marijuana should be legalized for medical use?

What ways do you think we can do to stop it from being abused?

If legalized what would be good way to dispenser it to patients?

2 thoughts on “Medical Marijuana

  1. Even though marijuana is highly controversial, I do think it should be legalized. As of 2016 there are already pharmaceutical drugs based off marijuana that people are able to use. For example there is the drug nabiximols (Sativex). I feel as though since there have been no deaths do to overdose, like you mentioned, that itself should be enough reason. But when used medically, it helps with pain, spasticity, nausea, anorexia, and seizures. People who experience those things, would most likely tell you that if they could get rid of it they would. So lets help them out and give them a cure by making it legal. http://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/570788

  2. I think that marijuana should be legalized! I think because some people depend on medical marijuana for their medicine that they take to relief pain. I’m sure if they legalized it there would be some problems pop up and it might be abused but some people just need it in there everyday lives to relive their pain. Also by legalizing it, it would bring jobs and economic opportunities. Overall, if marijuana is regulated right and is kept care of it should be legalized!
    http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana-legalization-and-regulation

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