The Use of Marijuana for Medical Purposes

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The use of medical marijuana (slang: Acapulco gold, ace, bhang, cannabis, hash, dope, ganja, grass, weed, hashish oil, hemp, home-grown, honey oil, indica, Jamaican roach, sativa, sinse, sinsemilla, tea, weed oil) has a been a major topic of debate for countless years. People all around the United States have seen propaganda of some sort regarding the legalization of marijuana. For example, with the ongoing discussion of legalization throughout the states, it’s abruptly mentioned in the news, everyday conversations, school topics for debate, and within stories of social media. In the article, “Is marijuana prohibition coming to an end”, Michelle Johnson a North Carolina journalist, states “Legalizing marijuana for a medical or recreational …show more content…
Roughly three million people in the United States suffer from glaucoma and the disease has actually impaired two million of those people. Glaucoma is the number one cause of blindness in the United States. Smoked marijuana does have properties that lower high internal eye pressure (intraocular pressure or IOP), alleviating the pain and slowing, sometimes stopping the damage to the eyes.
Just as important of a medical issue as glaucoma, More than 300,000 Americans have multiple sclerosis, in which the body attacks myelin, the sheath that insulates nerve fibers. That can produce tremors, stiffness, paralysis, loss vision, numbness and pain. “Multiple sclerosis is the leading cause of neurological disability amount young and middle aged adults in the United States” (MPP, 2004 author page # title). Through years of study, the cause of multiple sclerosis is still unknown and still no cure has been produced for the disease. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the usefulness of marijuana is stated throughout, and is said to be used for symptom management in multiple sclerosis (MS). Marijuana is substituted for the use of pain control, which also eases tremors and spasticity. (Marijuana, NMSS)
The third argument within this debate of medical marijuana is that it can be used for Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a devastating, progressive disease
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