New medical benefits of marijuana are being discovered daily. The scientific name for the beneficial chemical in marijuana is “cannabinoids.” Today, there is proof that cannabinoids provide relief for a large number of illnesses and symptoms of certain diseases. As research continues, more benefits will be discovered as well as wider acceptance by the medical profession and lawmakers. One fact that is central to the argument that medical marijuana should be legalized is that people do not die from an overdose of Marijuana as they often do with prescription pain medications. Another important argument is that the many thousands of people who suffer from a wide range of conditions find enormous relief from the use of marijuana. The relief provided by marijuana is superior to any other known drugs or therapies. Some of the maladies that are commonly helped by medical marijuana include acute pain from nerve damage, spasticity, nausea, gastrointestinal disorders, and agitation and loss of appetite as a result of Alzheimer’s.
• Acute pain from nerve damage caused by diabetes, HIV and AIDs is frequently relieved by marijuana use. Pain relief improves mood and quality of life which helps those who suffer from pain caused by HIV and AIDS to follow other medically necessary regimens.
• Spasticity is a condition of painful muscle spasms and stiffness common in multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries. Medical marijuana use relieves resulting pain and helps relaxation which minimizes symptoms and allows those suffering from spasticity to rest and maintain strength.
• Nausea is a side effect of chemotherapy used in cancer treatments. Nausea is also a frequent side effect of numerous other medications. Medical marijuana use reduces nausea and helps cancer victims tolerate chemotherapy. By easing the discomfort of nausea, sick people are able to eat and maintain nutrition and continue other life sustaining therapies.
• Gastrointestinal disorders such as ulcers, acid reflux, inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease are effectively treated by the use of medical marijuana. The severity and progression of these diseases is actually reduced by medical marijuana in addition to symptom relief.
• Alzheimer’s sufferers experience agitation and loss of appetite which are soothed by medical marijuana. Evidence is also emerging that cannabinoids are able to reduce changes in brain matter that cause Alzheimer’s pointing the way for effective treatment and possibly a cure.
Marijuana is a medicine that provides relief and therapy for people who are suffering. Additionally, medical marijuana is cheap and easy to produce compared to other pharmaceuticals. New discoveries credit marijuana as a possible cure for some cancers and maybe other diseases. Legalization and the study of the benefits of medical marijuana is the moral direction that lawmakers and health professionals should follow.