Medicinal Marijuana

May 14, 2012

Cannabis is being used in the treatment of various diseases and illnesses such as bi-polar disorder, asthma, Graves disease, glaucoma, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, arthritis, migraines, insomnia and depression, to name a few, and can be a safe and natural method of treatment.  It can treat the symptoms and the pains associated with the ailments as well as have an impact on the diseases and illnesses themselves in many cases. Cannabis has been known to fight the effects of aging, such as a treatment for arthritis by reducing inflammation and the pain associated with it, but recent studies have shown that it is important for bone growth which is important in osteoporosis treatments. Drugs manufactured by pharmaceutical companies can have harmful, even deadly, side effects.             

Medical marijuana is criticized primarily because it is smoked and therefore harmful.  Critics argue that it can be abused.  However, there are healthier alternatives to smoking marijuana.  A vaporizer uses a low amount of heat that creates a vapor that is inhaled as opposed to burning the plant.  Marijuana can be baked and eaten as another safer option.  

Marijuana use for medicinal purposes is legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia in the United States (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington).  It is also legal in the following countries:  Canada, Belgium, Austria, Netherlands, UK, Spain, Israel, and Finland.  

People suffering with various illnesses all over the world are utilizing medicinal marijuana and have been for centuries.  It isn’t a new concept.  As mentioned, there are only 16 states in the US that passed laws to legalize it.  There are 34 states still capitalizing on the fines many individuals are slapped with for using marijuana to treat their pain and suffering.  Perhaps that is the greatest travesty of all...our government is abusing our citizens and denying them a natural growing remedy to their ailments.