COM/156 UNIVERSITY COMPOSITION AND COMMUNICATION II
October 26, 2013
Many people have a very slanted and negative view of marijuana, and it's medical uses. There is so many advantages as well as disadvantages to using medical marijuana, over traditional medications. The use of medical marijuana goes back farther in to United States history than many believe. While medical marijuana has been very regulated and controlled by the government for a long time, it was still being used for medical purposes. So far, 20 states and the District of Columbia, allow the use of medical marijuana and another 9 states are investigating and researching in to making medical marijuana available for medical use. In some cases, medical marijuana can be more effective, less addictive, and safer than traditional medications and better than public perception. Through the history of medical marijuana and the current use of it, we should be able to strip many of these misconceptions. The medical information is available, yet medical marijuana is still a taboo topic. There is sufficient information on medical marijuana to make the topic far less taboo and acceptable.
Over the last 15-20 years people have heard of more people being prescribed medical marijuana. There are studies that prove that medical marijuana is less addictive than some prescriptions. It “relieves chronic pain from a variety of causes and reduces the need for addictive narcotic pain kills.” (http://www.vimm.ca/medical/marijuana-versus-addictive-pharmaceuticals/#sthash.BIFl4OSc.dpuf) Many pain patients have found they can relax while using medical marijuana. These patients find that they have less pain over all while using medical marijuana then without using medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has been found to “increase appetite, relieves nausea and vomiting, reduces pain and helps patients sleep while undergoing chemotherapy.” (http://www.vimm.ca/medical/marijuana-versus-addictive-pharmaceuticals/#sthash.BIFl4OSc.dpuf ) The side effects of chemotherapy is devastating to the body and mind. Medical marijuana relieves some of these side effects of the treatment. Medical marijuana can help in ways that many other prescriptions can not. Medical marijuana is proven to improve appetite, may reduce pain and helps cancer, HIV, and many other patients sleep. “These conditions include Medical marijuana is a proven method of treatment for many different medical conditions. Cannabinoid receptors (molecules that bind cannabinoids) have been studied in the brain, spinal cord, and nerve endings throughout the body to understand their roles in pain relief. Now there are some adverse side effects to using medical marijuana. The adverse side effects of medical
marijuana may include; rapid beating of the heart, low blood pressure, muscle relaxation, bloodshot eyes, slowed digestion and movement of food by the stomach and the intestines, dizziness, depression, hallucinations, and paranoia. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal from medical marijuana may include; irritability, trouble sleeping, restlessness, hot flashes, nausea and cramping. These symptoms are mild compared to withdrawal from opiates and usually lessen after a few days. “ According to the federal Institute of Medicine study in 1999, fewer than 10 percent of those who try marijuana ever meet the clinical criteria for dependence, while 32 percent of tobacco users and 15 percent of alcohol users do.” ( http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-facts/10-facts-about-marijuana) The information that surrounds medical marijuana is compelling and has many many people reconsider using it.
Prescription medications in addition to using medical marijuana can be more effective than using prescriptions alone in some cases. Physician will prescribed medical marijuana to help...
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