For thousands of years, many cultures have used the cannabis plant for medicinal purposes. Although this plant has a negative reputation with United States law, today it's making headlines for its incredible healing properties!
When it comes to marijuana, there's a great deal of controversy within the medical field. The American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Medical Association, along with many others, are opposed to cannabis for medical treatment.
Because cannabis is often used to treat chronic pain, cancer patients, and AIDS; it's no surprise that many states in America are slowly becoming more open to the use of medicinal marijuana. Yet, the Food and Drug Administration is completely against approving the drug because there's a "lack of evidence" of its benefits. While the long-term effects of smoking cannabis are unknown, safety concerns include dependence and memory loss.
Meanwhile the Canadian Medical Association warns of the dangers of certain toxins found in the plant when it' smoked. They recommend patients to take cannabis through a vaporizer in order to minimize these hazards. Herbal Vaporizers heat the cannabis without burning it, and thereby lower the levels of toxins which would otherwise be activated.
What's in Cannabis?
Cannabinoids are active components in Cannabis. While the cannabinoid component THC is psychoactive, cannabidiol is often attributed with the plant's medicinal benefits. In some places, synthetic cannabinoids are available at many pharmacies and used as prescription drugs.
In the U.S. and Canada, the synthetic cannabinoid dronabinol is available; while nabilone is available in Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. These cannabinoids are available in pills, as well as liquid extracts. Today, many Colorado smoke shops are selling a variety of marijuana products – including vaporizers, cookies, and candy.
For many chemotherapy patients who show no improvements with conventional treatments, marijuana can help reduce nausea and vomiting. A study in 2010 showed that cannabinoids could potentially treat children with chemotherapy. Unfortunately side effects can include dizziness, drowsiness, and mood swings.
The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is nothing new – yet the plant is often criminalized by the government and the media. Is the medical world ready to look past these allegations and embrace medical marijuana? Share your opinions below!