The Cannabis plant has been harvested around the world since ancient history. Dated 2300 B.C, scientist have found that Cannabis had been used for curing diseases, and other illnesses. Most commonly known, were the Native Americans that used this plant. Cannabis is one of the most natural plants on our planet, usually found in tropical and humid parts of the world. Not to mention, the soil and weather plays a major role in the development of cannabis. Furthermore, it has two main chemicals called CBD(Cannabiniol), and THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which are mostly used in the medical field. Marijuana has many benefits such as, the root and stalks, are used for different types of lotion, paper, clothes, and fuel. Due to the lack of scientific evidence, that marijuana was medically helpful, it became illegal in the United States in
Until very recently the only research that has been conducted on the medical use of Cannabis has been for the relief of cancer patients. The primary use at this point has been for the relief of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy (Nantional Cancer Institute, 2014). Some of the other uses have been for anorexia and cachexia in HIV/AIDS, chronic, especially neuropathic pain, spasticity in multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury (Nantional Cancer Institute, 2014). The scientific data collected over the years is precisely clear that the use of medical Cannabis is needed and should be allowed everywhere in the United States.
The use of cannabis toward medicine should not be shocking to anyone, since it has been around for centuries. As a matter of fact, it has been under medicinal aid for an estimated 5,000 years. Western medicine truly grasped marijuana’s medicinal abilities in the 1850’s. Infact, doctors documented over one hundred papers about how marijuana helped numerous disorders, such as nausea, glaucoma, movement disorders, pain relief, depression, and anxiety. It also helps cancer patients and those with HIV or Aids. Currently, many American patients have access to marijuana use so that they can have effective treatments for their illnesses. Medical marijuana use is achievable because
The origins of marijuana is from the cannabis plant, geographically it is originated from Central Asia, this plant can also be found in South America and Mexico. In 1492 the cannabis plant was introduced during the Columbian Exchange. In between the mid-fifteenth century, the Spanish began to sell cannabis (marijuana) commercially throughout the Western Hemisphere. Although production in Latin America was very limited, there is evidence that many operations were successful throughout Mexico and Chile (Bagley, 2013) Revitalization of the marijuana trade has recently been experienced throughout South America.Various parts in South America were reported to be accounted for marijuana seizures, about 12%,
Although the marijuana plant is commonly known for its bad mind-altering effects, medical marijuana is currently legalised for medical purposes in 23 U.S. states where it is used to treat a range of conditions including, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and even certain types of cancer. A recent study conducted by the Public Health Initiative in conjunction with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention discovered that over 90% of medical marijuana users in California said it helps alleviate symptoms and treat the condition it was prescribed for.
In recent years, medical marijuana has become legal in 23 states across the country, including washington D.C, new york,new jersey, oregon, and many others. Medical marijuana has been know too aid cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, along with a large number of medical conditions like Glaucoma, Arthritis, migraines, hepatitis C and many others. While there is a large following in the medical marijuana movement, there is also a large counter-movement who want to medical marijuana to stay illegal. In this paper I will argue why medical marijuana should be legal throughout the united states and how beneficial marijuana is to modern medecine. Marijuana could be used in modern medicine to help aid a wide range of diseases.
One of the most controversial topics in modern times has been the medical efficacy of Cannabis. Cannabis is a plant that is used medically and recreationally and is classified as an herb, noticeable by its five spiked leaf structure (Merriam-Webster 2014). Cannabis contains multiple active ingredients that display a variety of psychological and neurological effects on humans and animals. Cannabis is the medical terminology for marijuana, which contains greater than 500 compounds and more are still being found as the years progress. Many of the compounds are referred to as cannabinoids and may show some antiepileptic factors when administered to individuals with epilepsy (Gloss and Vickery 2012). The public today believes that the cannabis prescribed to patients and individuals with drug resistant epilepsy are experiencing psychotropic effects (the feeling of what we know today as getting “high”). In reality the cannabis used to treat individuals with epilepsy is low in delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] a psychotropic ingredient and high in cannabidiol [CBD] a non-psychotropic ingredient. Since CBD results in no psychotropic effects it has immense potential to be seriously considered as the worlds next biggest anticonvulsant solution.
Marijuana is a drug that has been used for medical purposes and as a relaxant for thousands of years. If one was to ask a marijuana user how it makes him or her feel, one may receive answers like, “It makes me calm”, “It enhances my creativity”, “It stimulates my mind” to name a few. How can a drug as so describe possibly be illegal in the United States? Well it all started when Mexican immigrants came into the United States after the Mexican Revolution. They introduced the recreational use of cannabis to the states. Americans considered the immigrants to be low class citizens and they demonized marijuana, making claims that it was the cause of many of the Mexicans frowned upon ways. Thus the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was enacted which outlawed
The use of medical marijuana is not new to the history of medicine, especially Eastern medicine practices. Almost 5,000 years ago, marijuana was used as a herbal medicine by the Chinese (Rose, 2013). Traditional Chinese medicine was offered through many different practices such as herbal medicine, massage, exercise, dietary therapy and acupuncture. The Chinese made a connection between acupuncture and marijuana. The Chinese believed if a person was being treated for pain, then the person needed cannabis as a remedy. Rose’s article said, “Cannabis is one of the 50 “fundamental” herbs of the TCM, and is prescribed to treat diverse symptoms.” (Rose, 2013) Cannabis is described as one of 50 plants that are used as medicine. The 50 plants that it is referring to is the herbs that actually do something to help the human
If I said I have weed, what would your response be? Everyone will have a different response, but they will all fall under one of these categories: you will not care, you will want some, or you will be disgusted. Whatever your view may be right now, the idea of anyone being able to have weed on them legally could happen. There is much controversy on whether marijuana should be legalized in the United States. Some people want marijuana to be legalized for a variety of reasons: medical purposes, less people in jail, economic benefits, etc. Other people don’t want marijuana to be legalized for their own reasons: unknown health factors, teenagers getting their hands on it easier, a gateway to worse drugs, etc. However, not everyone knows about both sides of the argument. Therefore, they either just choose a side not considering the other factors or make no decision at all. There are many educated people on this subject matter who can explain each side if someone is not entirely sure on which side to take. Olga Khazan (2014) suggests that marijuana should be legalized and be made expensive due to recent statistics of viewpoints and economic advantages, while Jacquie Itsines (2016) argues that
When it comes to alcohol, it is reasonable to exist so long time because of its benefits. It can keep people healthy in some ways, such like improving blood flow, reducing the risks of some diseases. In addition, alcohol can relax people and let people feel more comfortable physically and psychologically, such as communication function of brain, action capability, people cannot think clearly and quickly, “Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections” (NIH,n.d) , For psychologically, alcohol can change easily people’s mood and manners. People are emotional and do something which cannot be recovered. The more important thing is social effects. It is able to make the atmosphere better and
With conclusive evidence found in medical studies like The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM)’s “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids”, people are starting to realize the effectiveness of medicinal marijuana for chronic pain. Shoppers Drug Mart and its parent company Loblaw Companies Limited, for instance, applied to become a licensed producer (LP) to distribute medicinal marijuana. The companies are even offering employee coverage for the drug.
Millions of people suffer daily from incurable diseases. The reality for a person affected by an incurable disease is that from the moment they are diagnosed and even before that back to the moment they experienced their first symptom, they will have their disease. While these diseases do not have a cure, treatments do exist to manage the symptoms. Often, the prescription drugs available to sufferers of these painful, sometimes life-threatening ailments are expensive and carry side effects of their own. A remedy used for treatment of many of these symptoms and side effects, historically dating back to as early as the 2700’s B.C. has, within the last 20 years, begun its re-ascent into medical potential. Cannabis was first documented in medical
However, the discourse over the legalization of marijuana in Mexico for “recreational or medical uses” is still ongoing. But, citizens of the country have been known to use this plant for its therapeutic purposes over the years.
Marijuana has been demonstrated to have properties that reduce symptoms of medical conditions that range from cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's Disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, and so much more. In addition to this Marijuana is an alternative to narcotic painkillers. Since 1996 medical Marijuana use has become more popular when California passed the Proposition 215 making it the first state to do so. As a result 22 other states have established “medical marijuana programs”. 17 states on the other hand have passed laws that limit the use of cannabidiol oils in certain treatments.