Muhammad Saeed

Medical Marijuana — The Debate Rages On



Pot is also known as pot, your lawn and marijuana but its formal name is actually cannabis. It comes from the leaves and flowers of the plant Cannabis sativa. It is considered an illegal substance in the usa and many countries and ownership of pot is a crime punishable legally. The FDA classifies pot as Schedule I, substances which use a high potential for abuse and have no proven medical use. Over the years several studies claim that some substances found in pot have healing use, especially in critical diseases such as cancer and AIDS. This started a fierce debate over the pros and cons of the use of medical pot. To stay this debate, the Institute of Medicine published the famous 1999 IOM report entitled Pot and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. The report was comprehensive but did not give a clear cut yes or no answer. The other camps of the medical pot issue often tell of the main report in their advocacy arguments. However, although the report clarified many things, it never settled the controversy forever.Cannabis Edibles California

Let's look at the conditions that support why medical pot should be legalized.

(1) Pot is a naturally occurring herb and has been used from South america to Asia as an herbal medicine for millennia. In nowadays when the all pure, organic are important health buzzwords, a naturally occurring herb like pot might be more inviting to and safer for consumers than man made drugs.

(2) Pot has strong therapeutic potential. Several studies, as made clear in the IOM report, have observed that cannabis can be used as analgesic, e. grams. to treat pain. A few studies showed that THC, a pot component works well in treating chronic pain experienced by cancer patients. However, studies on serious pain such as those experienced during surgery and injury have undetermined reports. A few studies, also made clear in the IOM report, have demonstrated that some pot components have antiemetic properties and are, therefore, effective against nausea and nausea or vomiting, which are common side effects of cancer chemotherapy and rays therapy. Some researchers suspect that cannabis has some therapeutic potential against neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Specific compounds produced from pot have strong therapeutic potential. Cannobidiol (CBD), a major part of pot, has been shown to have antipsychotic, anticancer and antioxidant properties. Other cannabinoids have been shown to prevent high intraocular pressure (IOP), a major risk factor for glaucoma. Drugs that have ingredients present in pot but have been synthetically manufactured in the research laboratory have been approved by the US FDA. An example is Marinol, an antiemetic agent indicated for nausea and nausea or vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy. Its ingredient is dronabinol, a man made delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

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