A major debate that has been discussed over the past few years in the United States is on Marijuana, its legal status, its benefits and the cons.
In this article, we will give you an unbiased point of view on Marijuana, especially on the topic of Medical Cannabis.
As of today, there are 29 Legal Medical Marijuana States where you can get a doctor’s prescription, go to your local Medical Cannabis dispensary and walk out with your Weed without committing a crime or drug deal. This scene has become commonplace these days as more and more people are turning to Medical Cannabis instead of buying the same Weed illegally.
So, before we take a look at the pros and cons about Medical Weed, let’s understand the history of Medical Cannabis and Recreational Weed:
The History Of Medical Cannabis & Recreational Weed:
You may be surprised to know that Marijuana was first used as a Medical Herb. This was first written down in 2727 BC by China’s Emperor Shen Neng who noted that this plant could help against poor memory, constipation, malaria and even gout.
This Medical herb was then spread throughout Asia between 1000 BC and 2000 BC. It has even been noted in an ancient Sanskrit Vedic poem in India as an herb that releases us from anxiety. Coming back to the present, you can get a prescription for medical Cannabis if you have some illnesses including mental health problems, cancer, nausea or Alzheimer’s disease.
People started using Marijuana as a recreational herb when they noticed the euphoric sensations the drug gave them. This was in 430 BCE where the Scythians tribe used as part of their funeral processions. The Middle East also had their share of recreational Cannabis users with Hashish being popular.
Théophile Gautier founded the Hashish Club in 1843 where the group met every month for getting high on Hashish. The West was introduced to Marijuana around 1910 which was brought over by the immigrants that arrived. However, in 1937, Marijuana was declared illegal by the Marijuana Tax Act. But even after it became illegal, people still enjoyed this drug as a recreational habit that is still a big part of American culture. According to a 2017 survey, 52% of adult Americans admit that they have tried Cannabis while over 44% admit to still using Cannabis today.
What Is The THC And CBD In Cannabis?
The most significant difference, other than their legal status, between medical Cannabis and recreational Cannabis, is the THC and CBD content of each.
Long story short, THC is what makes you high while CBD has Medical benefits.
- THC: Is a cannabinoid that is known for its euphoric effects that the user experienced when using Weed. This psychoactive ingredient has also shown to be higher in concentration today than it was a few decades back because of selective cultivation. This is because people want the biggest high for their buck.
- CBD: On the other hand has no psychoactive benefits to those who want to get high, but it does have a number of health benefits including working against paranoia and anxiety. Since CBD strains are more helpful for medicinal purposes, Medical Marijuana dispensaries prefer to sell this Weed to their customers.
Now that we know how Medical Cannabis works compared to the recreational herb, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of Medical Marijuana:
The Pros Of Medical Marijuana:
- Stops Cancer Spreading: The Cannabidiol in Weed has shown to slow down and prevent certain cancers from spreading.
- Combats Multiple Sclerosis Pain: Smoking Weed with high THC helps reduce the pain of muscle contractions due to Multiple Sclerosis.
- Slows Alzheimer’s Disease: Cannabis helps slow down the cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients.
- Combats Parkinson’s Disease: Marijuana helps soothe the tremors experienced by Parkinson’s disease patients.
- Helps Control Epileptic Seizures: Weed has shown to help control epileptic seizures in a study.
- Combats Symptoms Of Lupus: The Marijuana can help reduce the pain and nausea caused by the autoimmune disease.
- Combats Dravet’s Syndrome: This illness causes severe seizures that can be reduced by Medical Marijuana.
- Improve Lung Capacity: Difficult to believe but studies have shown that smoking Weed increases lung capacity.
- Keeps you skinny: Smoking Weed is said to boost your metabolism and help keep you skinny.
- Combats Glaucoma: It helps reduces the elevated pressure in the eyeballs which can lead to vision problems and blindness.
- Reduces Anxiety: A well-known reason for smoking Weed is to relax and relieve anxiety.
- Reduces Arthritis Discomfort: Studies have found that Cannabis can help reduce the discomfort that arthritis causes.
The Cons Of Marijuana:
- Bad Company: Weed is assumed to be used by losers and hippies which is why people have a terrible prejudice against it.
- Weak Advocacy: Regarding legalizing Marijuana, while many States have succeeded, the advocates often find it challenging to present strong cases for their cause.
- Old Policy: Since Marijuana has been banned for such a long time, it’s now become a norm and changing that is seen as disruptive and not supported by many.
- Associated With Other Drugs: It’s known to be linked to other drugs like cocaine and heroin which puts off most people who have never tried it.
- Ethnic Suppression: The suppression of the Marijuana movement in the 1930s was said to be a way to suppress the Mexican-Americans from bringing their culture and roots to the United States.
- Addictive Nature: Some say that Weed can be very addictive and turn people into ‘potheads’ which is why many are against its legalization.
- No Significant Use: While recent studies have found that it helps people cope with many illnesses, many in the medicinal councils say that it doesn’t have any significant therapeutic
Conclusion On Medical Cannabis:
It can be seen that there are some pros and some cons on the topic of Marijuana. However, according to the research we did into this recreational/medicinal drug, it can be seen that the positives outweigh the negatives when considering Medical Cannabis.
From our unbiased point of view, it seems that those who are opposed to Weed because of the mind-altering effects of the THC in the Weed.
But since this topic has been debated for a long time, it’s clear that opinions differ on this subject, and we can only support what we feel strongly about regarding this debate.
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