Medical Marijuana Use and Benefits
Marijuana is an older drug that has been used for thousands of years, since circa 3000 B.C. and earliest use dates back to China, spreading to other areas in Europe. China first used it as a pain reliever, kill tapeworms, stopping blood clots and for constipation (Medicinal Marijuana Association, 2015). This is a complete natural way to help patients who are suffering and there is history of its success with use.
Many individuals are in favor of medicinal marijuana. Why is a natural drug, which has shown to work for patients, is still only “quasi-legal” within the United States? The FDA has not yet approved the use of marijuana for medical use. Twenty-three states have made marijuana legal for medical use. These states include; Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Illonois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Each state does have a possession limit. Still, researchers have not performed enough clinical trials to show the benefits of marijuana (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2015). Cannaboids, that include CBD and THC, are the main ingredient of marijuana. THC and CBD are the parts of the drug that makes the user have an altered mental status; regarding pleasure, thinking, movement, appetite, muscle spasms and pain. However, this is also the ingredient that benefits the individual for chronic pain, nausea, or those with a history of seizures. Studies have shown other benefits to using marijuana include reducing symptoms of cancer, stimulate appetite in HIV patients, and studies have also shown marijuana to kill cancer cells in laboratories (American Cancer Society, 2015). Time Magazine (2015) has documented children’s benefits of medical marijuana and their illnesses. One particular story pertains to a three year old girl, at the time, who had up to two hundred seizures a day. After using the oil from marijuana plants (Cannabis oil), the child only suffers from no more than thirty seizures a day (Pickert, 2015). Seizures can have a negative effect on the brain, slowing human physical function down over time.
As a nurse I see many individuals suffering many illnesses. I have administered synthetic medical marijuana through pill form, such as Marinol, and have seen the positive effects for my patients. Imagine giving those suffering something more natural and healthier than putting man-made synthetic substances in the body. The body reacts better to holistic care. Unfortunately, no one really knows what the chemical compounds that make synthetic marijuana, making it dangerous and patients run the risk of stroke, seizures, suicide, and heart attack (Mount Regis Center, 2015). It is important that the community and health professionals are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. Those in healthcare have a duty to care for their patients, delivering the best standard and quality of care. Giving holistic and natural treatments reflect high quality of care.
American Cancer Society. (2015). Marijuana and Cancer. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/chemotherapyeffects/marijuana-and-cancer
Medicinal Marijuana Association. (2015). 3 history lessons of medical cannabis. Retrieved from http://www.medicinalmarijuanaassociation.com/medical-marijuana-blog/3-history-lessons-of-medical-cannabis
Mount Regis Center. (2015). Synthetic marijuana abuse & addiction effects, signs & symptoms. Retrieved from http://www.mtregis.com/addiction/synthetic-marijuana/effects-signs-symptoms
National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2015). Drug facts: Is marijuana medicine? Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana-medicine
Pickert, K. (2015). Pot kids. Retrieved from http://time.com/pot-kids/