Should medical marijuana be illegal or legal?
Why Medical Marijuana should be legalized
There is a lot of evidence to show that marijuana is an
effective and safe medicine. Marijuana relieves people with cancer, HIV / AIDS
and epilepsy. It has fewer negative side effects than most prescription drugs.
People who need medical marijuana should not be criminalized. If you benefit
from medical marijuana, you should not have to wait and sometimes not be able
to legalize medical marijuana. Why do people who need medical marijuana risk it
if it were not effective?
“Medical marijuana is very promising for reducing
chronic pain in many causes, including cancer, spinal cord injuries and
diseases, severe spasms, post-traumatic stress disorder, nausea, glaucoma, Parkinson’s
disease and other debilitating diseases. In other applications if patients are
allowed to use it. Here are some of the benefits of medical marijuana.
1. Marijuana slows down and prevents the spread of cancer
It was found in a study published in the journal Molecular
Cancer Therapeutics that Cannabidiol has the ability to stop cancer by removing
the gene called Id-1. In 2007, researchers at the California Medical Center in
San Francisco reported that CBD could prevent cancer spread. Researchers have
experimented on breast cancer cells in the lab that had a high Id-1 level and
treated them with cannabis. The result was very positive, cells reduced the
term Id-1 and were less aggressive. In fact, the American Cancer Research
Society found that marijuana significantly slows the growth of tumors in the
brain, breast, and lungs.
2. Prevents Alzheimer’s disease.
THC, the active ingredient found in marijuana slowed down
the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, revealed a study conducted by Kim Janda
in Scripps Research Institute in 2006. THC slows the creation of amyloid
plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes them. These plaques kill
brain cells and potentially lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Treat glaucoma.
Bones can be used to treat glaucoma, which increases
pressure on eyeballs, injuring the vision nerve and causing vision loss.
According to the National Eye Institute, marijuana reduces pressure on the eye.
“Studies conducted at the beginning of the 1970s showed that marijuana,
when it was smoking, reduced intraocular pressure in people with normal blood
pressure and glaucoma.” These drug effects can prevent blindness.
4. Helps relieve arthritis.
In 2011, researchers reported that cannabis decreases pain
and inflammation and stimulates sleep, which can help alleviate pain and
discomfort in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers at rheumatologic
units in several hospitals gave their patients Sativex, pain relieving pain in
cannabinoids. After two weeks, patients treated with Sativex had a significant
reduction in pain and improved sleep quality compared to patients receiving
5. Epileptic seizure control.
The 2003 study has shown that use of marijuana can control
epileptic seizures. Robert J. DeLorenzo from the Commonwealth University of
Virginia donated an extract of marijuana and synthetic marijuana to epileptic
rats. Drugs stopped the attacks in about 10 hours. It has been found that THC
controls convulsions by linking brain cells responsible for excitation control
and relaxation regulation. The results were published in Journal of
Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Considering the benefits of medical marijuana mentioned
above, it is absurd to oppose the use of medical marijuana even in the middle
of what equates to a national epidemic of opioid dependence. Why not offer
patients a safer option? And why continue to allow doctors to prescribe
powerful and addictive opiates, but deny them permission to legally prescribe
It saves lives. Opioid analgesics, which include OxyContin,
Percocet and Vicodin, are often prescribed to patients with moderate to severe
pain. These drugs work by suppressing the perception of pain by alleviating
pain receptors in the brain. Over the past decade, the number of patients who
prescribed opioids for non-cancer pain has doubled in the United States. In
fact, in nearly 60% of all cases of fatal opioid overdose, the patient has a
valid prescription. The study has even more disastrous implications for women.
More women have died each year from overdoses. Meanwhile, an overdose of
marijuana is virtually unknown in the medical community.
It is illogical and potentially cruel to deny patients with
serious health problems a drug that may help reduce pain and discomfort with
little or no side effects. By that very fact, medical marijuana should be legal
and make available to people who needs it to cure one disease or the other.