Marijuana’s medical use is becoming a widely acknowledged fact. There has been a consistent campaign by many in the doctors’ community, the suffering patients, their loved ones and marijuana activists to make it legal for the patients to use the weed medicine. The success of their campaigns in many states – 19 so far – is a testimony to the fact that marijuana may not be as harmful as you thought it was.
The medical uses of marijuana
The cannabis is a naturally found weed, which has psychoactive properties and hence its classification as a schedule 1 drug under the federal laws. The Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main component responsible for this effect of the drug. However, cannabis also contain many other cannabinoids that makes it useful for treating certain diseases like AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, cancer etc.
Many researches and studies conducted in recent years have concluded the effectiveness of marijuana as a painkiller and as an efficient drug against cancer. One of the cannabinoids called the cannabidiol is found to be non-psychoactive and discourages the growth of cancer cells in the body. This cannabinoid is also important for the treatment of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
Patients suffering from cancer and multiple sclerosis have long been using weed medicine to alleviate the pain, nausea and the spasms associated with such diseases. One research study even claimed that cannabis smoking is less harmful when compared to the nicotine smoking.
Epilepsy patients showed a remarkable decrease in their seizures when they inhale marijuana. Here the benefit comes from the psychoactive component THC that relaxes the brain reducing the occurrence of seizures. The scientists are trying to find ways to separate the different cannabinoids found in the drug to make it easier for the federal government to approve the use of drugs that does not contain the psychoactive component THC.
These researches funded by the big pharmaceutical companies actually prompted the federal government health agencies to apply for the necessary patents on cannabinoids. This shows that the federal government can be persuaded to make the medical use of cannabis legal if the scientists can make the drug completely non-addictive. This breakthrough is expected to happen in the near future.
The fact that one of the federal agencies holds the license for the medical use of cannabinoids belies the repeated assertions of the federal government that the cannabis has no known medical benefits.