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 cells.
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 placebo.
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 medical marijuana?
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.