The Basics of Medical Marijuana

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The debate on the use of  medical   marijuana  in the United States has long been ended. In fact,  marijuana  now can be purchased legally within 23 states of the US. It is also legal for  marijuana  to be used for recreational purpose in the states of Washington and Colorado. It goes to show that the medicinal value that is attached to the use of  marijuana  far outweighs any negative effects that comes along with its use. However, not everybody is convinced that  medical   marijuana  is a good thing. There are now other countries such as Australia that are debating on the legalization of  marijuana  use. Here are some of their arguments.

Pros. As early as 2737 B.C.,  marijuana  has been used for treating gout, malaria and rheumatism in China. The use of  marijuana  spread throughout Asia until it reaches India where it was used for pain and stress relief. The  medical  use of  marijuana  soon got the attention of US and European countries.

 Marijuana  for  medical  use can be taken in several forms such as smoking, vaporizing and ingestion. There are 60 active ingredients called cannabinoids found in  marijuana  that are associated to its medicinal capabilities. Our body naturally produces cannabinoids that are responsible for modulating the amount of pain that our body is feeling. The main cannabinoid found in  marijuana  is the THC which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol. This THC triggers the CB1 receptors found in the brain, the nervous system, and other primary organs of our body. When the CB1 receptors are activated, they release hormones that will quell stress and pain caused by damaged tissues or nerve cells. Studies have also revealed that  medical   marijuana  reduces muscle spasms and other symptoms related to muscles becoming stiff.

Another medicinal use of  marijuana  is for stimulating the appetites of patients that suffer from suppressed appetites because of their  medical  conditions or treatment.  Medical   marijuana  is prescribed to patients that are undergoing chemotherapy since this treatment will most often reduce a patient’s appetite.

Although  marijuana  has been proven to have a lot of medicinal benefits, it goes without saying that its use may lead to different side effects. The THC of  marijuana  may affect the thinking and reasoning skills of its users. A person who is being treated with  medical   marijuana  may have altered attention and judgement capabilities.

In the US,  marijuana  as a medicinal treatment is only being ‘recommended’ by doctors since the US federal law still prohibits the ‘prescribing’ of  marijuana . Nevertheless, a person who wishes to purchase  medical   marijuana  needs to have a diagnosis from a physician who will recommend the use of  medical   marijuana  as a treatment for whatever illness they have.

 Marijuana  for  medical  use has been proven to be effective. However, like any other product, the abusive use of the substance can be detrimental to a person’s health. The use of  medical   marijuana  in other countries will rely on a country’s belief system. Nevertheless, the use of  medical   marijuana  must be strongly regulated.

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Source by Jim Gilbertson