Medical Marijuana is a common controversy in the medical society. According to Laura Borgelt, Pharm.D (2013), “your body already makes marijuana-like chemicals that affect pain, inflammation and many other processes. Marijuana can sometimes help those natural chemicals work better.” The chemical THC in marijuana is analogous to the brain chemical anandamide. Medical marijuana may not be a benefit for all conditions but the ones that it can help with can make the difference of living pain free and in some cases the difference between life and death. Although many doctors do not have faith in using medical marijuana as a substitute for common medicines, cases have shown that it can help with a variety of conditions.
It keeps me from wanting to kill myself and call Dr. Kevorkian." Dixie Ramagno is one of the many people in the United States who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.1 Ramagno has done research on her own research that has shown how marijuana helps patients with multiple sclerosis, AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, nausea and pain. She claims that it has especially proven effective in helping AIDS pa... ... middle of paper ... ...ese applications for treatment has been proven to be legitimate by at least one court, legislature or government agency in the United States. 3 Activists who lobby to change the laws regarding the legalization of marijuana have many reasons why the drug should be changed from a schedule I drug to at least a schedule II drug.
The issue at hand is whether the good health effects of the drug than the bad health effects and from this the argument arises for whether the drug should be legalized. In the past few years, it has been evaluated this issue through various studies in pharmaceutical laboratories, and it needs to star been considered as a form of medication, and it has been showed new beneficial uses of this illicit drug. Marijuana is viewed by society as having negative effects on everybody’s health. Marijuana is currently being used for medical purposes such as to relieve pain, nausea, and even to treat glaucoma. Considering all statements and opinions made, it shows and it has been proved that the topic about the legalization of Marijuana use has to be based on facts and not in Myths, and only with small sporadic studies because Marijuana is illegal under Federal Law.
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Legalizing marijuana would bring great advances in medical opportunities, our government, and our country as a whole. With the number of people that are in desperate need of something new, and something that can help them, doctors all over the world are beginning to accept the possibility that medical marijuana can help cure these people’s problems. Many professionals in the past have looked at the usage of marijuana for any medical purpose as foolish and not very possible. Now, some of the world finest medical doctors are taking back their observations made about the usage of marijuana as a medical product. Yet, the usage and legalization of marijuana has more to give than just inside the medical field.
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The use of medicinal marijuana has been a debate in healthcare for many years now, as there can be both positive and negative side effects to the usage of this cannabis. Nurses and healthcare professionals need to be knowledgeable about the effects that marijuana has on the body as well as the legalities behind the medication if it is prescribed for the patient so they can properly educate the patient on proper usage. There has been much research suggesting that marijuana provides extensive pain relief especially in illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, glaucoma, cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and seizures ("About marijuana- medical," 2013). When considering the American Nurses Association’s stance on medicinal use of marijuana they are in support of effectively treating patients for different symptoms of many conditions. The ANA states that nurses should be educated on the therapeutic effects of marijuana as well as each individual state law in order to protect the patient from criminal penalties.
Memory is a serious matter and it should be taken into consideration before legalization. Medicinal marijuana continues to be an issue in America because of those that seek an alternative from the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Medicinal marijuana can be beneficial towards glaucoma and increasing the appetites in those with HIV but medicinal marijuana does have its health risks. The three most important health risks of medicinal marijuana are the loss of memory, lung cancer, and addiction. With daily marijuana use, all of these health risks could quickly become reality.
The legalization of marijuana for medical use has always been a sharply debated subject, and many of the debaters are uneducated about the effects of using this illegal drug for therapeutic use. Many studies have been done and the results are clear. As a medical drug, marijuana should be available to patients who do not adequately respond to currently available therapies. Marijuana is commonly called by its scientific name, Cannabis or its chemical name THC, tetrahydrocannibinol (tetrahydro-6,6,9-trimethyl-3-pentyl-6H-dibenzo[b,d]pyran-1-ol). Its chemical formula is C21 H30 O2.