The use of marijuana for medical benefits has been widely disputed. A number of studies have been performed studying marijuana’s effectiveness for pain management, nausea and vomiting control, hunger induction, reduction in eye pressure, and treatment for diseases and chronic conditions. In some of these studies, marijuana has been shown to be helpful. Marijuana has also been shown in studies to increase risks to the patient. A few of the risks marijuana may impose are increased acceleration of the diseases it was being used to treat and decreased immunity capabilities of the body. Marijuana for recreational use is illegal in the United States., but some individual states allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. There is wide debate among the population as to whether marijuana actually provides benefits or is simply a mild-altering drug.
Marijuana has a long history of use in many different ways. In the history of the United States, the marijuana plant was grown to cover wagons and as an ingredient in medicines. Beginning in the 1900s, the use of marijuana for any purpose began to be regulated and eventually completely outlawed by the federal government. Eventually, a number of states introduced and passed laws allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes with limited amounts of marijuana allowed in possession. The federal law is still above the state law, however, and it is possible to still be prosecuted for its use.
Benefits of medical marijuana have been found in a number of studies. The benefits range from preventing the spread of certain types of cancer to reducing the spread of Alzheimer’s disease. Ingredients for medications, such as THC, derived from marijuana has been shown to assist in the prevention of nausea and vomiting. The use of medical marijuana can also be attributed to reduced pain and anxiety. With all of these benefits, why is marijuana still illegal?
Smoking medical marijuana can produce a health risk of its own, and studies have shown that the use of medical marijuana is not any better than medical drugs and procedures already in place. Infections and irritations of the throat and lungs have been linked to medical marijuana use and its lowering of immunity defenses. Medical marijuana can cause a heightened heart rate and distort reality. Long-term use has been linked to memory loss and problems learning.
The debate on medical marijuana will continue until more studies are conducted that can give conclusive results that marijuana is the best method of treatment for a condition or it is not. The harmful effects of medical marijuana may be outweighed by benefit if it is proven to the best treatment for a disease. The studies may also prove otherwise, showing the risks of medical marijuana outweigh the benefits. Until these studies are conducted, which can be difficult to get funded and supported, the debate on the benefits of medical marijuana will persist.
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