The Legalization Of Medical Marijuana Essay

907 Words Dec 20th, 2016 4 Pages
For thousands of years Cannabis Sativa has been used medically throughout the world. The legalization of medical marijuana has been a very controversial topic in the United States. In the year 1970 the United States government classified marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance that has no medical value. Even though marijuana has been considered illegal since the 1970s it is the most widely used illicit recreational drug. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. In 2016, there are 28 states that have medical marijuana legalized and of those 28 states eight have recreational use of marijuana legalized. The legalization of medical marijuana is an issue that is being discussed in the United States right now and a lot of people do not know about the many health benefits and health risks that marijuana has.
Marijuana is made up of two active chemicals that have medical benefits. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the active chemicals in marijuana that give medical benefits. Marijuana can be used to prevent the eye disease glaucoma, which increases the pressure in the eyeball. According to the National Eye Institute, “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.” With these positive effects on glaucoma it can slow the progression of the disease and prevent blindness.
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