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Medical Marijuana Where's the Truth?

Updated on March 22, 2017

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Medical Marijuana, Where's the Truth?

Medical marijuana, is it for real? Some would say that it’s only an excuse to use marijuana others would vehemently disagree, what are your thoughts? With all the hype and controversy over this one little plant I felt the need to look into and learn all I could about it.

Medical marijuana is said to help with many different ailments, but that’s where the controversy comes in, doctors differ in opinions regarding positive effects of using this drug. Many argue that the use of marijuana can be used to treat or improve on an existing disease, could this be true, and if so what are the risks?

Everything that I’ve read tells me that marijuana has not been rigorously tested in the medical field due to the federal laws that regulate it. However my research has turned up slight evidence that cannabis can help reduce vomiting and nausea for those undergoing chemotherapy or to improve the appetites in those suffering with AIDS/HIV. Even some studies show it can help with muscle spasms, and chronic pain. This is the limit of what is known about the use of medical marijuana. Other medical applications are just speculation at this time; the medical field isin the dark about marijuana’s safety or value.

How is marijuana used? It can be smoked, vaped, used as a liquid tincture, eaten, taken by pill, and used in lozenge form, dermal patches or dermal /oral sprays. There are so many ways to use this drug. In many countries abroad synthetic cannabis is available as a prescription drug.

What are the short term risks of using marijuana?

  1. Dizziness

  2. Feeling tired

  3. Vomiting

  4. Hallucinations

The concerns for long term use are as follows, however they are not completely clear.

  1. Memory issues

  2. Cognition problems

  3. Addiction

  4. Schizophrenia (mostly in young people)

Medical marijuana can be traced back thousands of years, over many cultures, but the current use of it is in question.

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Medical Conditions for Marijuana Use

In the United States cannabinoids have been shown to display some anti-cancer properties in laboratory experiments. That being said, there haven’t been many studies on their use in treating cancer for humans. The experiments that have been done suggest cannabis has an antitumor and anti- carcinogenic effect. Could this be true, and if so this could be a great medical breakthrough, however more studies need to be done.

It has been suggested that cannabis could aid in lessening the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, but there’s no sufficient data to back that up as of yet.

More evidence has been presented to show that cannabinoids could slow down the cell damage in type 1 diabetes, but again there is a lack of meaningful evidence, and the consequence of cannabis use is unknown.

Other diseases that marijuana may help are:

  1. Epilepsy

  2. Glaucoma

  3. Tourette syndrome

  4. Fibromyalgia

  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis

  6. Huntington’s Disease

  7. Parkinson’s Disease

  8. Anorexia Nervosa

  9. Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  10. Relief of Convulsions

  11. Inflammation

  12. Cough

  13. Congestion

  14. Anxiety

  15. Depression

  16. Psychosis

  17. Multiple Sclerosis

  18. Relieve nausea from Chemotherapy

  19. Improve appetite for AIDS/HIV patients

  20. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Again having listed these, there still remains not enough information to support this claim.

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Would you use cannabis for medical reasons?

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What are your thoughts?

Personally, at one time I would have told you that I would never use cannabis, but as I grow older and learn more my opinion has changed somewhat.

Now, I would have to say that I would use cannabis for medicinal purposes. I once told my husband that if I ever found out that I had cancer I would become a "pot head." I do believe that cannabis can and should be used to help people with medical problems. Life is filled with gray areas, who are we to dictate to others how they should live their lives, especially when they are terminally ill?

Someone close to me has an illness that affects them every day of their lives, as a matter of fact, her illness makes it almost impossible for her to get out of bed every day. Not only does she struggle to get out of bed, she can no longer work, she is depressed and feels like she is worthless to those around her. Will the cannabis patch help? We don't know because it has not been approved for medicinal use in our state.

I would love to hear your thoughts, please feel free to tell me.


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