Benefits Of Medical Marijuana

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Medical Marijuana
Do the Benefits outweigh the Risks? Have you ever thought of marijuana as being a good drug for society and humans? Marijuana being used as a medicine is a topic that has been discussed for a few years now. Marijuana has long been thought of as a drug for people to get their next high, but now research shows it could be used for another purpose in life. Medical marijuana is providing benefits to patients who suffer from a variety of different diseases, both by decreasing disease symptoms and by stopping the adverse side effects of the various treatments. As a result, medical marijuana is improving a patient 's quality of life, and increasing positive responses to various treatments. I have to admit that I had my doubts
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As with any medications there are side effects, complications, and possible adverse reactions from medical marijuana. Most symptoms of marijuana are attributed to the THC component and occur due to the presence of cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system (Cavalet 41). It creates many affects to the body such as dizziness, impaired motor function, perceptual alterations and problems such as these, but because of the part of the body that marijuana affects, it is not considered to be deadly. Many people are concerned that medical marijuana can become addictive as well. Research has shown that 9% of users of medical marijuana become dependent. If more people begin to use medical marijuana, then it may increase the desire to use the medical marijuana for personal bad uses. Also, with more exposure of the marijuana means more advertisement and people knowing about the drug. This could lead to a misconception among many people including young people. This could lead to more people smoking the drug because of the misconception. The main fear and concern that I gathered in my research is smoking of any substance has been linked to lung cancer, which carries the highest mortality rate of any cancer type in the United States (qtd.in Johannigman …show more content…
My concerns are no longer against the medical marijuana but in favor of medical marijuana. The change in my concerns were assisted by research but confirmed watching my grandfather suffer. Cancer patients who suffer with pain, nausea, vomiting, decrease in appetite and a major issue with anxiety deserve the right to reduce these symptoms and if medical marijuana accomplishes this, it should be prescribed. So let’s review the benefits. The cannabinoids in marijuana act as a central nervous system depressant, diminishing pain perception and increasing pain tolerance (Ali 50). The use of marijuana decreases nausea and vomiting and increases appetite. All of this is very important for the well-being of cancer patients. Last but not least anxiety is decreased with the use of medical marijuana. The role of cannabidiol in reducing anxiety has been used to good effect for cancer patients with anxiety or distress (Ali

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