Medical Marjuana

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Medical Marijuana

Pot, weed, ganja, grass so many different names for the same thing, Marijuana. A combination of shredded leaves, stems and flower buds, marijuana has been a part of humanities medicine chest for over 5000 years. One of the 50 fundamental herbs of traditional Chinese medicine, some think it as a medicine some think of it as a drug. New Hampshire being the only state in New England without medical marijuana; a recent poll shows that 79% of adults in New Hampshire agree with medical marijuana. I think that Medical Marijuana would have great benefits for the people who can’t find a stop for their pain in New Hampshire. Since 1996 voters in 20 states have voted yes to the medical marijuana bill. People are coming to their senses and realizing that this plant growing from the ground can be used for medical treatment for many different reasons. Cannabis, marijuana, is a valuable aid; it provides relief of pain, nausea, glaucoma, powerful appetite stimulant and many more. Marijuana’s medicinal properties may protect the body again some malignant tumors and are neuroprotective. Even though there are all these benefit there is still some downfalls. Because the most common way to get it into your system is smoking you have a chance of worsen your respiratory. When under its influence you might have some problems with your attention, balance and judgment. It also increases your heart rate, which makes a risk for heart disease. The potential of forming an addiction to marijuana is lower than most prescription drugs. The main component in marijuana is THC. THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is an FDA approved medication. Controlled clinical trials have been held and showed benefits, and the marijuana plant itself is a different story. There is no scientific evidence to date that is sufficient enough to gain FDA approval. The FDA requires carefully conducted studies with patients in the 100’s to 1000’s; it needs to show how...
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