Medical Marijuana – Why Should It Be Allowed?
Believe it or not, there are studies that show that there are some major health benefits of medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has been shown to treat migraines, prevent cancer from spreading, limit the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, treat anxiety and depression, and even potentially decrease insulin levels in diabetics. Marijuana has been used to also treat nausea and similar symptoms with cancer patients going through chemo and will help increase the appetite of individuals with AIDS. It has been said to help with many other illnesses but there isn’t enough scientific data to prove them just yet. Short-term use has been reported to have some adverse effects, but there has been no studies shown that marijuana can harm your health long term.
Medical Marijuana – THC And Its Effects
Medical marijuana can be taken or ingested in multiple ways, such as vaporizing or smoking marijuana buds (also known as flower), eating baked or mixed marijuana extracts, taking capsules, and even putting on lip balm with the ingredient in marijuana that gives you the adverse effects, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC has mild to moderate analgesic effects, and marijuana can be used to treat pain by altering transmitter release on dorsal root ganglion of the spinal cord and in the periaqueductal gray. Other effects reported include the alteration of senses, increased appetite, sleepiness, and laughter. THC has marked antiemetic properties, and has been shown to decrease aggressive behavior.
Below is a medical marijuana info-graphic that explains each health benefit in greater detail.