Marijuana used for vomiting and nausea has been proven highly effective. The medical marijuana serves as an appetite stimulate to help cancer treatment related anorexia. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, AACR (2007), found that medical marijuana could help slow down tumor growth. Meanwhile, some doctors like Jones, MD, PhD, and Director of the Drug Dependence Research Center (2001) say that there are other medications to take and are better treatments than medical marijuana. Even though there are many other medications available, everyone is different and sometimes other treatments than over-the-counter may be the best for a patients’ health.
In fact, doctors use marijuana to treat many conditions including muscle spasms, nausea, poor appetite, seizures, and Crohn’s disease (Harding ____). Additionally marijuana can prevent blindness. A recent study found that “cannabinoids (active chemicals in marijuana) are potentially useful to delay retinal degeneration” (Lax ___). Finally, legalizing marijuana would mean that the people who truly need the drug... ... middle of paper ... ...alcohol. Also marijuana is not a gateway drug since studies have shown that is does not lead to more harmful and dangerous drugs.
THC and marijuana promotes to relieve pain, control nausea and vomiting, and stimulate appetite in people with cancer and AIDS. Marijuana antiquated in America over the past 70+ years. Despite it includes many practical uses, medicinal and industrial, our Federal government insists on maintaining the status quo that the growth, possession and use of marijuana includes criminal despite the evidence that the legalization of marijuana retains positive influence on America. Marijuana antiquated as a harmful plant that can endanger lives and lasts as nothing more than an extra problem today’s society deals with. However, based on its economic value and medical benefits, the cannabis positives verify to outweigh its negatives with numerous other positives.
Marijuana is most well known for its use as a recreational drug. In marijuana many of the chemicals used in creating the drug version are activated as they are exposed to intense heat creating the high (Anderson, Greg). When Marijuana is used as medicine the chemicals are still there, however they are not being exposed to intense heat so the negative and damaging high is not present and the chemicals become irrelevant (Anderson, Greg). However, it is not the chemicals that are present that makes this drug have a great impact on the patients, it is the side effects. Some of the most well known side effects of Marijuana include easing pain as well as curbing nausea and increasing hunger (Anderson, Greg).
In some medical cases, marijuana is prescribed by the doctors since the pain tolerance is too high. However, marijuana can be considered as less toxic than other medicines that are out there. Medical marijuana is cheaper medicine. One can begin with comparing two medicines such as Marinol and marijuana. Marinol is a generic form of the name brand drug that is an alternative for marijuana.
While this is an issue states should approach, it should stay just that as is, more of a states right and not a federal issue because the people will still be voting for it of course. The federal government had already passed a law banning illegal drugs such as marijuana, but it started a big conflict because of the medicinal uses it could provide for patients with life-altering diseases. This drug is used illegally throughout the country as a way to get that rush or “high,” but patients in hospitals with critical condition diseases can use marijuana to sort of alleviate some of that pain to make living with the disease a little easier for them. While most are pushing for it to be legalized, it is only because those who use it illegally want to do so without getting in trouble. If it were to be legalized it would not only make an industry out of it like it did to tobacco, as well as making it hard for some who actually needs to use it for medicinal purposes.
The federal government should legalize the use of medical marijuana because it does not inflict the harm critics claim, it possesses known medical qualities, and it can generate billions of dollars for the economy. Before one can adequately assess the benefit or harm of medical marijuana, one must sift through what is fact and what is fiction. To begin understanding, one must first learn how marijuana works. Marijuana’s main hallucinogen is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, THC (“Cannabis and Cannabinoids”). This compound reacts with receptors in the brain to produce the euphoric “high” associated with pot smokers.
Although some will claim marijuana should not be legalized for medicinal purposes because it has harmful effects and is a gateway drug, I feel that it should be legalized. Marijuana should be legalized for medicinal purposes because it has many positive effects on diseases and health conditions. Marijuana should also be legalized for medicinal purposes because it is safer and less toxic than many other drugs that physicians are prescribing every day. For over 10,000 years, the marijuana plant has been used by humans. Marshall (2005) stated, “The first record of human consumption of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes dates back to 2737 B.C., when the Chinese emperor Shen Neng recorded the use of cannabis to treat gout, malaria, beriberi, rheumatism and poor memory.” (p.136).
Like Copernicus' idea that revolutionized science, changing the way we treat our sick and suffering will benefit our society. The effects of legalizing marijuana for only medical purposes will stop unnecessary legal action and it will change the way doctors treat a number of serious ailments. At the turn of the century, rumors equated marijuana "as a substitute for the opiates and alcohol", thus leading to The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. It was instated with little public notice and without research on the effects of the drug. The Act led to further myths such as the "gateway" term, which describes marijuana as a drug that leads to more dangerous drug abuse.
Legalizing marijuana may not get the US out of dept, but with marijuana popularity growing, there is no reason the federal government shouldn't legalize, tax an regulate the sell of Marijuana for recreational use. If marijuana is so harmful, would doctors recommend it for their own patients as a form of medicine? I sure would hope not. The reason they do is because it can be beneficial. Marijuana has been found to help people with multiple sclerosis, helping with the painful muscle spasms that come with having it (Kilmer 103).