You have access to medical weed in eighteen states in the country along with the District of Columbia. These states have recognized its medical use and allow patients with chronic diseases such as AIDS, Cancer etc, to obtain medical weed. In most of these states, you would require a license to obtain weed legally. The THC content in marijuana makes it an effective medication. Even though the Federal Drug Administration recognizes the medical properties of THC, it is still hesitant when it comes to cannabis.
Even after careful studies, which revealed the medical benefits of cannabis, FDA still places marijuana along with other dangerous drugs like heroin and cocaine. The study results reveal that marijuana was highly effective in alleviating the side effects associated after chemotherapy treatment in cancer patients and improve the appetite of AIDS patients.
However, these results have not been able to satisfy the FDA authorities. We will find out what pulls the authorities from considering marijuana medicine as an effective drug. The first and foremost reason is the insufficient number of trials and tests in finding out how its medicinal properties can overcome its harmful effects on patients. FDA authorities are not satisfied with the tests conducted on a very few number of people and want study results conducted on large number of patients, which brings out the properties of marijuana medicine.
Another reason is the uncertainty in determining the measurable contents of marijuana. It is essential that a drug to get the FDA approval, it must consist of equal or specific quantity of ingredients in all its units. When you consider the case of marijuana, each of its variety contains different quantity of components like THC. Even the same variety of drug can vary in components, as it depends on its harvesting period.
In addition to the above reasons, cannabis plants contain up to 400 chemicals. These chemicals include cannabinoids, which could become active at any point of time and this uncertainty makes it difficult for the federal authorities to recognize their medical properties.
Finally, marijuana can be harmful for your health. Most people smoke marijuana and for patients with respiratory troubles, smoking cannabis can worsen the effects. It can also cause lead to memory loss issues and can increase your response time, which in turn can cause accidents while driving.
The above reasons make marijuana a schedule one drug and chances are low that we could see the drug being recognized by FDA as an effective medication in the near future.