Medical Marijuana Essay

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The use of medical marijuana has been a huge discussion topic in the United States. Many people argue the pros and cons of this drug being used for medical purposes. The large scale debate incases many different opinions on this drug. There are more patients that are claiming that marijuana is effective in treating symptoms from many different types of illnesses and disease. Learning more about the drug, the chemicals that can be extracted from the plant, can have the most benefits to the medical world. Finding different extracts from the plant can make a difference for the patients that benefit from medical marijuana. Marijuana, as of now sits on the Schedule 1 drug list for the United States. According to the DEA “Schedule I drugs, substances, …show more content…
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that repress neurotransmitters in the brain. Repressing the neurotransmitters in the brain the body responds in a different type of way. The compounds attach to the different neurotransmitters and make your body block out different feelings such as pain. These cannabinoid chemicals are the most important part of the plant in a medical purpose. An scientific journal from leaf science said, Cannabinoids work by interacting with specific receptors. These receptors are located within different parts of the body, such as the central nervous system and immune system.Cannabinoids activate two types of receptors: CB1 receptors, located within the nervous system, the brain and nerve endings, and CB2 receptors, located within the immune system” (Leaf Science 2015). There are more than 100 cannabinoid chemicals that are found in marijuana. Each of the chemicals have a different compound and can each make your body behave in a different ways. The body actually makes its own compounds that are almost related to the chemicals found in marijuana. “They play a role in regulating pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, body movement, awareness of time, appetite, pain, and the senses (DrugFacts 2015). The study of extracting and combing these cannabinoid chemicals will have the most effective research in finding the medical benefits for efficiently. Two of the most important Cannabinoid …show more content…
His report on the chemicals show that when you extract the THC form the plant it can have effects on the growth of tumors but it can also have some effects that aren 't healthy for the body. After Ferner references the negative effects that it can have on the body he says that the non-psychoactive non-toxic chemicals such as CBD has shown to be promising in research for cancer. Ferner interviewed, Dr. Peter McCormick, a researcher from University of East Anglia in England. Dr. Peter McCormick said “So, the ideal would be either the purified THC in an effective dose provided by a health care provider to reduce the known cognitive side effects and still deliver the appropriate reduction in tumor growth, or a synthetic homolog that provides the same effects.” This study showing that the compounds in the plant have the potential to be medically used if farther

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