The Status of Marijuana as a Medicine
The medicinal use of marijuana’s candyland strain for the critically and chronically afflicted patients has always been controversial since time immemorial. It should be noted that the marijuana-prohibition happened because some sectors of the country acted against its legalization, and it is not even due to facts.
Medical records have shown that there is indeed a medical usage for marijuana specially towards people who are suffering from cancer. Cancer patients who used marijuana did not get nauseated when they are done with their chemotherapy, and they felt better despite of their cancer. People suffering from AIDS who use marijuana as a medicine, were able to eat more food due to the improvement in their appetite. Moreover, marijuana can help in the alleviation of anxiety, depression, muscle spasms, and chronic pain.
If marijuana is indeed helpful then why do many people still see it as a harmful substance? Some sectors of the society, like the pharmaceutical companies, would lose a lot of sales and impact if marijuana becomes legal. Most people would associate marijuana with a substance-abusing person who gets high in using it. They would not associate it with a breast-cancer patient receiving some marijuana for relief from the pain and the sickness. Government officials sway the public’s opinion towards their campaign against legalization of marijuana, which according to them is harmful for their children, this in turn would make them look good and become more popular. To prevent the loss of sales, pharmaceutical companies fund the activities of government officials who are at the opposition of the medicinal marijuana laws.
Still, people wonder why one smokes or dabs marijuana as a medicine since a medically proven drug exists. This question, however, is not helpful at all. To prefer to use this prescribed drugs is a mistake due to the fact that an over dosage on these would result to serious health sequences and even death. Having said that, these medicines are even more harmful and even more addictive than marijuana. These medicines are like legalized oxytocin, heroin, and cocaine. The information so far should at least convince you on how marijuana can actually help people with illnesses. In reality some prescribed drugs have a minimal effect only, unlike marijuana who does a lot more. When marijuana is made legal, people would spend less in their medication and they would have a medicine that is natural and safer. It has always been about the political interest of some people and not on the actual capability of marijuana as a medicine. Influential and powerful individuals must consider the use marijuana as a medicine for the people who have terminal illnesses, and they should know and accept these facts.
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