Medical Marijuana – The Debate Rages On

Cannabis is also known as pot, grass and marijuana but its official name is actually cannabis. This is about from the leaves and flowers of the plant Cannabis sativa. It is considered an unlawful substance in the US and many countries and own marijuana is a crime punishable by law. The FDA classifies marijuana as Schedule We, substances which have a very high likelihood of mistreatment and have no proven medical use. Over the years several studies assert that some substances found in marijuana have healing use, especially in fatal diseases such as tumor and AIDS. This started out a fierce debate over the positives and negatives of the use of medical weed. To settle this argument, the Institute of Remedies published the famous 99 IOM report entitled Cannabis and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. The survey was comprehensive but would not give a clear cut yes or no answer. The other camps of the medical marijuana concern often cite part of the report in their advocacy arguments. However, even though the report cleared up many things, it never settled the controversy once and for all. thc

Why don’t we look at the problems that support why medical marijuana should be legalized.

(1) Marijuana is a natural herb and has been used from Southwest America to Asia as an herbal medicine for millennia. In this era when the all natural and organic and natural are important health buzzwords, a naturally taking place herb like marijuana might be more attractive to and safer for consumers than synthetic drugs. 

(2) Marijuana has strong healing potential. Several studies, as summarized in the IOM report, have observed that cannabis can be used as analgesic, e. g. to deal with pain. A few studies showed that THC, a marijuana component is effective in treating serious pain experienced by malignancy patients. However, studies on acute pain such as those experienced during surgery and trauma have not yet proven reports. A few studies, also summarized in the IOM report, have exhibited that some marijuana components have antiemetic properties and are, consequently, effective against nausea and vomiting, which are common side results of cancer chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Some analysts suspect that cannabis has some therapeutic potential against nerve diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Specific compounds taken from marijuana have strong therapeutic potential. Cannobidiol (CBD), a major element of marijuana, has been shown to have antipsychotic, anticancer and antioxidant properties. Various other cannabinoids have demonstrated an ability to prevent high intraocular pressure (IOP), a major risk factor for glaucoma. Medicines that may contain active ingredients present in marijuana but they have been synthetically produced in the laboratory have been given the oriental light by the US FDA. One example is Marinol, an antiemetic agent indicated for nausea and vomiting associated with malignancy chemotherapy. Its active element is dronabinol, a fabricated delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

(3) One of the major proponents of medical weed is the Marijuana Coverage Project (MPP), an US-based organization. Many medical professional societies and organizations have expressed their support. Since an example, The North american College of Physicians, suggested a re-evaluation of the Schedule I classification of marijuana in their 08 position paper. ACP also expresses its strong support for research into the therapeutic role of weed as well as permission from federal criminal criminal prosecution; civil liability; or professional sanctioning for physicians who prescribe or dispense medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Similarly, security from criminal or detrimental penalties for patients who use medical marijuana as permitted under state laws and regulations.