Medical marijuana should be legalized because it can relieve pain, as in, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS, it is less toxic than most drugs that physicians prescribe to patients every day. The Pain Management of America said “There are few things more frightening in life than receiving a cancer diagnosis.
Fortunately for cancer patients, medical marijuana may be an effective cancer treatment and an alternative to many drugs currently used to treat cancers including breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, brain cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and more. Medical marijuana can also help to alleviate symptoms associated with traditional cancer treatment, including nausea and vomiting. ” On top of relieving pain, it also makes you hungry, which can be very helpful to people with cancer having a hard time keeping food down, or eating food in the first place.
However, smoking Marijuana can be detrimental to your lungs “. Yet medical marijuana is not used for smoking alone, the THC is extracted from it and it can be made into a pill form, so your risk of getting cancer is much less, but by smoking it, not only could you hurt yourself, but you could hurt others around you (second hand smoke). Marijuana has use as medicine in the hands of trained physicians. It does not have a place in the hands of children, teens or so called “recreational” users any more than any other medication does. Marijuana has many positive effects, and little negative ones.
Tobacco and Alcohol are legal, yet have no medical purposes, and can only harm the user. Marijuana on the other hand can actually be beneficial. Then, you might ask, why is it illegal!? Many people think that Marijuana was made illegal because in its hearing, it was determined to be harmful, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite. In fact, Guither, P. says “Many people assume that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of process involving scientific, medical, and government hearings; that it was to protect the citizens from what was determined to be a dangerous drug.
The actual story shows a much different picture. Those who voted on the legal fate of this plant never had the facts, but were dependent on information supplied by those who had a specific agenda to deceive lawmakers. You’ll see that the very first federal vote to prohibit marijuana was based entirely on a documented lie on the floor of the Senate”. For a long part of human history, marijuana has been completely legal. The marijuana plant, of course, has a large number of uses.
The earliest known fabric was apparently of hemp(Marijuana), and over the centuries the plant was used for food, incense, cloth, rope, and much more. “This adds to some of the confusion over its introduction in the United States, as the plant was well known from the early 1600? s, but did not reach public awareness as a recreational drug until the early 1900? s. ” (Guither, P). The reason it was made illegal, was because the media had perverted the way marijuana was seen. Many newspapers had quotes like “ …the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races. “Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death. ” “Marijuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing” “You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother. ” “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind. ” (actual quotes). Once people had gotten the idea that marijuana alone could alter your consciousness enough to manipulate you to kill people, it was only a short time before it was made illegal. “We have suggested that the substance be reclassified so that better research can be done on it,” Phinney said. So we can find out what the real benefits and risks are and what the appropriate doses might be” Sharon Bernstein. Now we have the scientific evidence that proves that marijuana not only has benefits, but so many benefits it would be perverse to let it remain illegal for medical purposes. Research and evidence shows, however, that there are some conditions for which medical marijuana may be the most effective treatment. Someone that has AIDS can benefit from medical marijuana, because when you have aids, your appetite decreases significantly, and weight loss can occur.
When given medical marijuana, studies show that AIDS patients had an increase in appetite, and it helped them with their severe weight loss. Some people have neurological disorders (Spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis). When given medical marijuana, it reduces the pain and unusual tightness resulting from nerve damage. Cannabinoids seem to be more effective than opiates in treating long-term, chronic pain, inflammatory pains and diseases. Dr. Robert Melamede said “The active compounds in marijuana are similar to a class of molecules in our bodies called endocannabinoids.
Both bind to receptors in the brain and throughout the body called cannabinoid receptors. This system influences our immune system, protects nerve cells from premature death, and influences mood, memory, appetite, sleep and movement. Endocannabinoids regulate every one of the systems in our bodies. ” Arthritis patients have been helped tremendously by medical marijuana, because it suppresses the immune system and results in less pain and information. Glaucoma patients, when given medical marijuana, have reduced the swelling and pressure felt in the eyes.
Marijuana can be harmful to the lungs, heres what Morgan, J said in his book “Exposing Marijuana Myths” “Except for their psychoactive ingredients, marijuana and tobacco smoke are nearly identical. Because most marijuana smokers inhale more deeply and hold the smoke in their lungs, more dangerous material may be consumed per cigarette. However, it is the total volume of irritant inhalation – not the amount in each cigarette – that matters. Most tobacco smokers consume more than 10 cigarettes per day and some consume 40 or more. Regular marijuana smokers seldom consume more than three to five cigarettes per day and most consume far fewer.
Thus, the amount of irritant material inhaled almost never approaches that of tobacco users. Frequent marijuana smokers experience adverse respiratory symptoms from smoking, including chronic cough, chronic phlegm, and wheezing. However, the only prospective clinical study shows no increased risk of crippling pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis and emphysema). Since 1982, UCLA researchers have evaluated pulmonary function and bronchial cell characteristics in marijuana-only smokers, tobacco-only smokers, smokers of both, and non-smokers.
Although they have found changes in marijuana-only smokers, the changes are much less pronounced than those found in tobacco smokers. The nature of the marijuana-induced changes were also different, occurring primarily in the lung’s large airways – not the small peripheral airways affected by tobacco smoke. Since it is small-airway inflammation that causes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, marijuana smokers may not develop these diseases. ”. But in the hands of a medical professional, they can use ventilators, pills, and sprays of extracts of marijuana, that are not detrimental to your health.
And nobody has ever over-dosed on marijuana, especially when given by a doctor. Studies have even shown that Marijuana is not addictive, Dr. William Notcutt said, “ The prediction was that we would not see any evidence of dependency or addiction, and this has in fact proved the case. Over one thousand patients have been through clinical trials in the UK and no evidence of dependency has occurred, we have got patients now that have been using Sativex (marijuana extract) for over the last five and a half years and not one of them has increased the dose.
Many of them have reduced the dose of the drug, and many have reduced the dose of other drugs such as morphine. A further thing that we’ve observed on many occasions, is that patients have had to stop using Sativex for one reason or another, such as they had to have surgery, or wanted to stop for a holiday or something like that, and we’ve found that when they stop using the drug, they have not had any withdrawal symptoms, the symptoms are an indicator that someone is dependant on the drug, and we haven’t seen any symptoms of withdrawal when someone has suddenly stopped using cannabis. Medical Marijuana has been proved through the scientific evidence to be a worthy contender for a legal medicine. It can help people with Cancer, Glaucoma, Aids, and other diseases. It is non-addictive, with no withdrawal effects, like many other drugs that are already legal. There is no reason we shouldn’t legalize this drug, and it should have been legal long before now. Thankfully, doctors in America and the UK have performed many experiments to give us this scientific evidence so that we can see for ourselves the benefits of medical marijuana.