The use of medical marijuana is not a new treatment. The first mention of it goes back to the third millennium BC when this plant was considered an effective pain reliever, as evidenced by written sources of ancient China.
In the Old and New World, marijuana began to be considered a medicine much later – at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Then it could be bought quite legally (as, incidentally, cocaine or opium, which were also on the list of meds). But after a strict ban on the use and inclusion of cannabinoids in the Schedule 1 list at the state level in the United States, its use has decreased. However, according to studies of the past few years, weed users in the United States account for more than 8% of the total population. According to the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs, adopted in 1961, cannabis is included in the list of plants containing drugs. The Convention obliges the States Parties to control its cultivation strictly.
Today, the MMJ is again at everybody’s A-list. It has become a real stumbling block because the debates on its legalization are conducted in many countries. In the United States, for example, despite the fact that in many states it is legal (as in California and Oregon) or even can be used not only for medical purposes, pros and cons of medical marijuana still have not led the government to agree at the state level. In other countries, the situation is similar. In the post-Soviet space, Georgia was the first country to allow free use of marijuana. This happened last year.
What are they, the arguments for and against medical cannabinoids? Let’s get it through!
Medical cannabis helps alleviate the suffering of patients and normalize their well-being in a number of serious diseases and conditions – that’s the maim pro-argument for its legal status estimation. The list of the diseases MMJ is a cure for impresses much. There’s its shortened version.
Looks amazing, doesn’t it? There are also other pros of marijuana.
It is quite effective as a relaxant in the high anxiety cases the psychologists say. Also, it can be an alternative for the antidepressants while depression treatment or psychical disorders therapy.
Arguments for weed consumption in legal also include these facts:
However, there are arguments against weed consumption and producing in medicine.
There are several cons of marijuana use that are also considered important: it can become an “input drug”, that is, one whose use can lead to the use of other substances; provoke mental abnormalities and reduce the intelligence of adolescents.
Among the negative effects of cannabis smoking, doctors also note anxiety and paranoia and warn against consuming it with tobacco.
Bernard Lee Fall, the Center for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto specialist, which is one of the leading research organizations in this area, noted that although their center supported the legalization of marijuana, he personally fears that society does not receive enough information about the risks associated with the use of this drug.
Also, the restrictions provided by governments of different countries lead to the lack of long-termed and valid researches of MMJ functions on the human body, so the scientists are only at the beginning of their investigations of weed. Even Western scientists who support the idea of using cannabis for medical and scientific purposes openly state that society may not know all the risks associated with such measures.
One more con-argument causes the way you can get MMJ in the US in a legal way. This is a special cannabis card you should have for purchasing or growing hemp weed. And acquiring it is sometimes a long and exhausting process not suitable for those who have health problems restricting movement or even immobilizing a person. So there are cons of getting a medical marijuana card at last.
There are no accurate statistics on the number of users of marijuana for treatment around the world. It is known that 30 thousand patients in Israel use medical cannabis, 1.2 million in the United States and Poland estimate that about 300 thousand Poles need cannabis-based preparations. The numbers are impressive and they express the need in such treatment. But choosing if to use weed meds or if not to is on the person’s charge and of course on the doctor’s response. You shall weigh thoroughly all marijuana legalization pros and cons for making the right decision for you and your own health.
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