California became the first state in the United States to allow marijuana use for its residents, and after the prolonged debate on the issue, many other states in the country are also lining up for legalizing marijuana.
Identifying the medical benefits of cannabis, more than 18 states in the country and the District of Columbia, have already allowed pot use under their jurisdictions. Though the control measures on pot use and possession vary in different states, marijuana activists believe that decriminalizing pot is the right step to reduce drug-related crimes in the country.
Marijuana was initially prescribed to patients suffering from AIDS and cancer; however, today the drug is becoming popular for many diseases where the alternative medications fail to provide ample relief. Studies show that marijuana helps to reduce nausea and increases hunger in AIDS and cancer patients, allowing them to eat healthy food that increases their quality of life. Marijuana is also considered to have painkilling attributes that benefit the patients suffering from arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and migraine.
Researchers have discovered that the main component of marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol, has positive effects on anxiety and social pain. It also lowers the blood sugar levels in glaucoma patients and reduces the risks of seizures associated with epilepsy. However, studies have also proved that marijuana is an addictive substance, and has harmful effects on brain functions. Though marijuana use relieves the situations of many severe conditions, it does not cure any of the diseases. Prolonged use of marijuana may lead to depression, euphoria, unusual changes in mood, and poor decision-making.
Studies have shown that marijuana gives the same amount of pain relief as observed with use of any over the counter medications. Furthermore, the level of pain relief attained with cannabis for those patients dealing with acute pain was found to be minimal when compared to codeine. Reports also say that there are many medicines, which include natural ingredients to provide sufficient pain relief and treat nausea
Though there are many medical benefits of cannabis, these incidents may result in drug abuse. Researchers are continuing in their efforts to conclude whether marijuana is safe enough to be made legal, or it should remain illegal as many alternative medicines work out to the same level.
Using natural remedies like ginger, which helps to suppress nausea, and Garcinia Cambogia, which enhances metabolism rate and stimulates appetite is far better than using marijuana.