The Truth About Medical Marijuana
Cannabis has been used medicinally for over 4,000 years. Until recently, scientists knew little about how the drug works on the brain. It was made illegal in the United States in the 1930’s, and this has hampered further research. However, recent clinical studies show that the active ingredient THC works by mimicking certain of the brain’s neurotransmitters. The same properties that give users a euphoric feeling can also stop pain and treat various illnesses.
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Specifically, THC may help patients who suffer from glaucoma. Studies show that it lowers intraocular pressure, thus giving a small bit of relief to those who suffer from the disease. It may also help folks who suffer from multiple sclerosis. It relieves pain and treats spasticity, and the latest trials show that it may help in preventing the neurodegeneration associated with the disease.
Another plus is that it’s relatively safe. While it’s not true that the drug is completely safe with no side effects, it is safer than many prescription drugs. It carries no risk of physical addiction, no risk of death, and the only physical health effects are due to the fact that it’s smoked. Many experts feel that
Why All The Interest Now?
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Clinical trials continue. There is a lot we still don’t know about how the drug works. The United States has been slow to accept the idea of