Marijuana Should Be Legal For Medical Purposes

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Marijuana is a cannabis drug that may be used for medical purposes. It was used to soothe malaria and constipation in many Asian countries including India and China (Ashton). It has the capability to relieve the pain of a serious sickness like malaria as well as a common every day stomach sickness like constipation. Marijuana has also been used therapeutically for the common disease asthma (Ashton). It “exert[s] a bronchodilator action on the small airways” therefore allowing a person to breathe better (Ashton). Marijuana has not only been used for amusement but it has been a treatment for many illnesses therefore; we need to consider all the characteristics of marijuana before making a decision to legalize it for medical purposes.

One of the main factors that enables marijuana to be used as a medicine is the immediate effects the user feels after smoking the drug. According to Michael D. Lymann and Gary W. Potter in the Drugs in Society: Causes, Concepts and Control, “The high from the drug is felt in minutes and usually lasts for two to three hours” (61). During the time of being “high,” the user becomes relaxed; therefore the pain he/she feels has decreased or no longer exists (Lymann and Potter 61). A journal article, “Medical Marijuana: The Continuing Story,” by Brigid Kane explains how a person that smokes marijuana will feel the effect in “3 to 5 minutes” after smoking (1162). The ability for marijuana to operate rapidly in soothing pains allows the drug to be viewed beneficially for sicknesses. Marijuana is capable of removing the tension quickly from the user’s body to make him/her feel at ease.

Another factor of marijuana that allows it to mimic a medicine is the “3 to 4 percent” of the tetrahydrocannabinol or the THC in the cannabis drug which is the “content that gives the user the desired high” (Lymann and Potter 60). Kane also explains how the THC in the marijuana allows the user to have a greater appetite (1159). In addition to Kane, C.
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