Argumentative Essay On Medical Marijuana

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Marijuana “refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant,” and “the plant contains the mind-altering chemical THC and other similar compounds” (National Institute “Marijuana”). Marijuana, also referred to as cannabis, is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States of America (National Institute “Marijuana”). The legalization of marijuana, for medical purposes in particular, has been a highly debated topic in the United States for several years now. Although some U.S. conservatives are against medical marijuana legalization because it can be a gateway drug and lower young people’s I.Q.s, I believe that medical marijuana should be legalized because it can help with several medical conditions, and it would boost the economy.
Studies in the past few years have shown that medical marijuana would be incredibly beneficial to those battling several different kinds of medical conditions. The term medical marijuana refers to utilizing the “whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts” to treat or suppress the symptoms of certain medical conditions (National Institute “Marijuana as Medicine”). Two FDA-approved medications have emerged out of the scientific study of cannabinoids, the chemicals in marijuana. These medications “contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form,” and with more research, more medications will be formulated (National Institute “Marijuana as Medicine”). From the marijuana plant, THC and CBD are the two main cannabinoid medical interests. The benefits from THC are that it reduces nausea caused from certain illnesses and increases appetite, and decreases pain, inflammation, and muscle control problems. CBD, unlike THC, “is a cannabinoid that [does not] make people high.” Research on CBD suggests that CBD may be beneficial to those battling with pain and inflammation, epileptic seizures, and mental illnesses and addictions (National Institute “Marijuana as Medicine”). Multiple medical conditions such as anxiety, epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, glaucoma, arthritis, Crohn's Disease, and chronic pain can all be treated by cannabis.
One medical condition in particular that can be treated by medical marijuana is cancer. Cancer
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