The Benefits of Medical Marijuana

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Medical marijuana has been used for centuries to combat pain, weakness, anxiety, insomnia, female problems and nausea. Today it is commonly used by cancer and AIDS patients to stimulate hunger, combat nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy or other drug therapy and reduce pain. It has also been shown to be effective in reducing eye pressure, especially in the cases with glaucoma. Medical marijuana, or cannabis, is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant and there is some evidence of cannabis being used medicinally for over four thousand years. Many believe that medical marijuana is a healthy and natural alternative to dangerous and toxic pharmaceuticals that often have side effects worse than the original condition. The United Sates …show more content…
If you live in a state that has passed medical marijuana laws, it is best to find out if your individual follows the state-mandated guidelines for acceptable use and the amount each patient is allowed to have legally.

In California, SB 420 (HS 11362.7) passed in September of 2003 and went into effect in January of 2004. SB 420, Medical Marijuana Implementation, allowed each city and county to adopt specific rules and regulations for the use of medicinal cannabis, as long as they did not violate the state’s set standards. Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, was the first statewide medical cannabis initiative to be passed in the United States.

The California Department of Health created the Medical Marijuana Program as a voluntary registry designed for qualified patients and their caregivers in order for law enforcement officials to easily verify a patient’s medical marijuana card.

Medical marijuana has many benefits and has helped countless people. Doctors in California have reportedly helped more than 300,000 migraine sufferers through the use of medical cannabis. The American Association for Cancer Research’s studies has shown, contrary to media messages, marijuana actually slows the growth rate of tumors down considerably in the brain, lungs and breasts. A study conducted by Harvard University showed the main ingredient in marijuana, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, cuts the growth of