With more doctors coming out to praise the use and benefits of Marijuana, the herbaceous plant is quickly gaining acceptance as a legitimate treatment option. Here’s why:
The American Medical Association Supports the Use
During the drug prohibition in 1937, the American Medical Association voiced their opposition as Marijuana was commonly prescribed in Western medicine for a large series of conditions.
Marijuana has been used for over 3,000 years
The use of marijuana for medical treatment has been traced all the back to the ancient herbal medicines in China, Egypt, and India. Evidence of the use is a book written by Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung, who described the use of cannabis in treating gout, rheumatism, and constipation in 2737 BCE.
The “High” You Get From Cannabis is From One Component
As Marijuana contains over 400 chemical compounds, there is only one cannabinoid that gets you high – tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC. Other cannabinoids that are known to offer the same benefits have been extracted from marijuana to produce non-psychoactive forms for the use of medical marijuana. This is specially made for pediatric patients.
Cannabis provides better benefits than narcotic painkillers
While painkillers are incredibly potent, they can work wonders for various types of pain. While narcotic painkillers can increase the symptoms of nausea, marijuana helps to relieve those. Studies suggest that cannabis can reduce the need for prescription painkillers. In 2010, over 16,000 lives were claimed due to the overdose of prescription painkillers.
Marijuana’s primary side effect is euphoria
One of the most common reasons many dismiss the use of medical marijuana is due to the unwanted side effect of feeling high. However, those who have yet to experience the high from cannabis do not know that the feeling gives off the feeling of euphoria, which can provide comfort and the ease of pain for patients with chronic pain or illness.
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