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Howthe Use of Marijuana Would Prove Useful In the Medical World
Marijuanahas been a controversial drug for centuries purportedly due to itsharmful effects on the human body. However, there have been noverifiable data that the drug causes any harm to human body. Infarctfrom research conducted by world-renowned authorities andresearchers, marijuana has been found to have a lot of medicinalvalue (Wilkinson & D`Souza, 2014). It has been found thatmarijuana would prove useful in the medical world in the treatment ofa number of diseases. This paper discusses how the use of marijuanawould prove useful in the medical world and provides an example ofcases how marijuana helps the body and recovery in illnesses. Itprovides research evidence that marijuana consumption could benefitthe body in several ways including treatment and management of majorailments.
Fromresearch conducted in over 10000 years, there has never been anyknown death attributed to the use of marijuana, yet several studiesreveal that marijuana could indeed be used in the treatment ofseveral ailments. From a study conducted by a researcher at Virginia commonwealth University, it was found out that there are someingredients in marijuana that play an important role in regulatingseizures and epilepsy(Penick, & University of California,Berkeley, 2006). Dr. DeLorenzo, of the school of medicine at theuniversity, stated that despite the fact that marijuana is illegal inthe USA, individuals within the USA and abroad have reported thatmarijuana has been effective to them in the treatment of variousdiseases, one of which is epilepsy. Epileptic patients who consumethe drug also experience fewer seizures than those who don’t. Thisis one ailment that has no cure and the only drugs available are formanagement purposes. Marijuana use in the area would, therefore, besignificant and the medical world would have made a great progress.
Anotherresearch in California carried out in 2006 found out thatdelta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is one of the naturalingredients in marijuana is capable of preventing AcetylCholinesterase from increasing the growth and development ofAlzheimer`s disease(Penick, & University of California, Berkeley,2006). It also prevents the formation of protein clumps which slowsdown the function and thinking the capacity of the brain. In fact,marijuana was found to treat the disease better than other drugsavailable in the market .despite the discovery, No effort has beenmade by the policy makers to initiate processes that could introducemarijuana as a legitimate drug for use in hospitals (Reiman, 2008).This could save nations a lot of resources that are committed to thetreatment of the disease annually
Ithas been found out that marijuana is useful in treatment andmanagement of many conditions including Arthritis. Patients sufferingfrom arthritis experience severe pains in joints and other parts ofthe body. Marijuana, however, is known to ease such pains makingarthritis more manageable (Wilkinson, van, Davidson, & D’Souza,2016). Most patients who suffer from the condition have been said toexperience less pain on using marijuana. They also don`t experienceany more sleeping problems. It has been suggested however thatarthritis patients should continue with their medication as marijuanahas not been known to fully eradicate the condition. There continuesto emerge a lot of evidence from around the world that marijuanashould indeed be included on the list of drugs to manage arthritis
Studiesconducted in the 1970s suggest marijuana is very effective in thetreatment of Glaucoma. The disease is one of the common eye problemsthat affect the human beings. It is one of the main causes of eyeproblems and it even causes blindness. Researchers have said thatmarijuana decreases the pressure that leads to nerve damage of theeyes. This greatly lowers the level of suffering of the patients and reduces cases of total blindness.
Anothercommon condition that is managed by marijuana is depression. Researchconducted in 2005 on addictive behaviors at SUNY reported that of the4400 individuals participated, most of them were found to havereduced depression on consuming marijuana. Symptoms were found todecrease with the increased consumption of the drug (Penick, &University of California, Berkeley, 2006). Their moods were alsofound to get positive with weekly consumption of the drug. They werealso found to have fewer cases of somatic.
Marijuanaconsumption has also been found to reduce anxiety among individuals.This is based on past research. In one of the articles that werepublished by Harvard in the Mental Health letter, in 2010, Marijuanais known to calm anxiety and individuals who consume it report fewercases of anxiety (Penick, & University of California, Berkeley,2006). Individuals felt more confident and were able to face the daysand activities ahead. In comparison to other prescription drugs, noother drug was said to have a similar effect.
Amongcancer and HIV/AIDS patients, marijuana has been found to reducecases of nausea and to increase appetite levels among patients(Penick, & University of California, Berkeley, 2006). This isbecause marijuana has been found to have antibacterial elements thatslow down the development of tumors. The antibacterial also increasesthe size of the airwaves which reduces asthma attacks on patients.
Marijuanause has also been known to reduce cases of morning sickness. Motherswho have consumed the drug have reported less vomiting and nausea.They have also reported increased appetite and have also reportedreduced stress levels(Gordon, Conley & Gordon, 2013).
Marijuanause should, however, be legalized, as from research carried out, ithas been found that many people around the world consume it secretly.Verifiable data shows that a lot of people in countries whereconsumption is banned still consume it anyway (Wilkinson &D`Souza, 2014).
Manypeople have also confessed to having used the drug, at one point oftheir lives, with no health complications and hence don`t understandwhat the fuss is all about. They say that there are other drugs whichare considered more harmful, yet continue to be legal. Many haveargued that drugs such as alcohol and tobacco could have worseeffects than marijuana, therefore advocating for its legalization.
Useof hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine is known to have causeddeaths as a result of an overdose, yet no records of marijuanaoverdose fatalities could be verified, a fact that strengthens thecase of proponents of its legalization. In several countries of theworld, the drug has been used to treat several ailments, withreasonable rates of success which only add weight to reasons advancedfor the legalization (Gordon, Conley & Gordon, 2013).
Marijuana use would prove useful to the medical world as the drug isreadily available and could grow in most of the regions of the world.Furthermore, no harmful effects or death resulting from marijuana usehas ever been reported anywhere. Use of the drug would, therefore,reduce pressure own the existing drugs and would at the same timesave the lives of patients (Gordon, Conley & Gordon, 2013). Maybethe authorities should even consider enlightening the patients on howto consume the drug in its natural form which is readily available.
Inconclusion, Marijuana is one of the most effective natural drugsavailable around the world. There has been verifiable evidence thatindicates its usefulness in the medical world. Many of the ailmentsthat afflict the human bodies could all be managed via consumption ofthe drug. However, marijuana still remains illegal in most countriesof the world (Penick, & University of California, Berkeley,2006). Most of the reasons advanced for the illegalization of thedrug are mainly derived from myths and fallacies that have nostatistical backing. No evidence is available to support the harmfulside effects of marijuana .it is believed that the continuedillegalization of the drug around the world is a ploy bypharmaceutical multinationals to continue raking in profits from thesale of drugs whose use cold be easily replaced by marijuana(Wilkinson, van, Davidson, & D’Souza, 2016). The multinationalsare aware of the fact that allowing the use of marijuana in thetreatment of all the ailments could result in dwindling of theirprofits. They, therefore, have to continue with the misleadingcampaigns against marijuana so that their revenues are not affected.
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