It seems to me that the arguments against medical marijuana are becoming less valid. We have all heard of the studies citing the benefits of its use for individuals with cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and AIDS. It relieves pain, nausea and other symptoms associated with these illnesses and is not as harsh as some of the available drugs. This doesn't mean that medical marijuana should subsitute other drug and treatment plans but at the very least it can supplement them.
The stereotype of marijuana in general is that it makes you "dumb," impairs your memory, perception and judgement. It can cause automobile and workplace accidents and contains cancer-causing agents. To clarify the last claim about causing cancer, that actually depends on how the individual smokes the marijuana. Of course if it is smoked through some sort of paper or tobacco leaf it will have some chemicals. Also, if medical marijuana was obtained legally, patients could be ensured that what they were using what free of any chemicals or additives. May I point out that alcohol which is legal, and has no therapeutic beneifts (except for those who are psychologically or physiologically dependent i.e. addicted) also impairs your memory, perception and judgement. Marijuana is not addictive and if you take a look at most prescription pill vials they caution against operating heavy machinery and warn that they cause drowsiness. Those drugs are also addictive.
One last thing:
A study on the short-term effects of cannabinoids in patients with the HIV-1 infection showed that those patients that using smoked marijuana or marijuana pills had improved immune function compared with those receiving placebo. They also gained about 4 pounds more on average than those patients receiving placebo. Marinol is an approved capsule available by prescripton which contains a synthetic form of THC, the substance in marijuana that causes the therapeutic effects and increase in appetite, why take a synthetic when a patient that is suffering can easily have the real thing?
The use of marijuana for medical purposes seems highly ethical. If the notion is that medicine when prescribed is for the benefit of the user then it would seem highly plausible that it should be supported by all. Speaking from personal experience my mother was dealing with a medical illness and her doctor recommend the use of marijuana, at the time such actions were not legal in the state of New York...they are still not. Oddly my mother also had strong feelings against the use of marijuana and … more
I think medical marijuana definitely has it's place in medicine. I have personally known people that have benefited from marijuana when very ill. It's especially good for patients who have a hard time with appetite, and for pain. If you think about it many of our medicines already come from plants, so I am sometimes surprised that marijuana is viewed so negatively for use as a medicine. I think California has done a good job at bringing out the positive uses for medical marijuana and I hope … more
What did man do before the advent of synthetic medicine? He used the plants, trees, the powder from rocks and gems, animals and all other kinds of things modern man has since forgot to heal himself. if nature isn't the answer, what is?
People already abuse marijuana illegally, so what should stop the government from unilaterally allowing the legal use of marijuana? The only crime the use of marijuana should be considered is the abuse. Alcohol was illegal for a brief time in American history (Prohibition), but now there's a legal drinking age for it, and the use of alcohol is only a crime when there's abuse involved, such as driving while intoxicated, drinking in public (to prevent indecent exposure, and other … more
Medical cannabis refers to the use of the Cannabis plant as a physician-recommended herbal therapy as well as synthetic THC and cannabinoids. So far, the medical use of cannabis is legal only in a limited number of territories, including Canada, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, Finland, and some U.S. states. This usage generally requires a prescription, and distribution is usually done within a framework defined by local laws.
There are many studies regarding the use of cannabis in a medicinal context.