Medical Marijuana

Throughout history marijuana has proven useful in medical treatments and recoveries. There has never been a recorded over dose on the marijuana plant. This is because any person would have to consume 1500 pounds of marijuana in mere 15 minutes for death to occur. Even so, death would be caused by smoke inhalation not by marijuana itself. “Marijuana is effective at relieving nausea, spacticity, appetite loss, certain types of pain, and other debilitating symptoms’- Http://thegreenleafaz. com/2010/12/marijuana-the-wonder-drug/?

&lang=en_us&output=json(conventional drugs do not relive the body of neurotic pain). The two most common prescriptions for neurotic pain are morphine and Oxycontin which are not only powerful, but also extremely addictive. Often times these drugs are to provide minimal relief at best. A study from the university of California at San Francisco, found that “smoking marijuana is an effective treatment for reliving the extreme pain of debilitating know as a peripheral neuropathy. ” Most people in today’s society were brought up being told not to smoke. However, smoking marijuana has perks too.

The effects of smoking marijuana are almost instantaneous, which allows the patient to best judge relief without causing intoxication. In addition, smoking marijuana has never proven to have serious pulmonary (lung) consequences. Better yet, the technology already exists to inhale marijuana, without any actual smoke entering the lungs. A vaporizer heats up the marijuana to a temperature where the marijuana does not light on fire, but is causes the active chemical (THC) to break down for smoke-free inhalation. Another possible illness marijuana could aid is the fight against glaucoma.

Affecting more then sixty million people world wide, glaucoma is among the leading causes of blindness in the entire world California, Colorado, and Washington are three states (among others) that currently allow medicinal marijuana. Colorado has recently held a vote, and marijuana will be legal for recreational use, in quantities under one ounce within the next year. This plant is a hot product these days. The main point in that last sentence being that marijuana is indeed a product, and what happens to almost all products in America?

They are taxed to some extent. The state of California has brought in more than one hundred million dollars of revenue through medical marijuana. When Washington voted “yes“ to legalizing the use of marijuana on a recreational scale, a debate was kick started. Can marijuana be legal on a state level, but not on a federal level? This could cause problems later on if the federal government continued government continued to prosecute users in a state where marijuana is legal. Why do effects of marijuana come from this plant, and not say the tobacco plant?

A chemical compound known as Tetrahhydrocannabinol is what produces the euphoric effects of marijuana. Tetrahhydrocannabinol, or THC for short, enters the lungs when a flame is held to the marijuana and the user inhales. From the lungs the THC is pumped into the heart, which pumps it into the and seconds later the THC reaches the brain. Once it’s in your brain, the THC sets off certain receptors that give the user a feeling of being “high”. The word high is actually a generic term for the physical and chemical imbalances experienced by the brain during the time-frame that the THC is the body.

The potency of marijuana also differentiates from plant to plant. The way the plant is grown, the part of the plant used, the way the plant is stored, and specific strain of marijuana all can effect how potent the end product is. The marijuana plants can be tall and thin, with narrow light green leaves. These types of plants grow relatively quick and can reach a height of twenty feet in a single growing season. This type of the plant is originally from Columbia, Mexico, Thailand, and southeast Asia. Sativa plants produce buds with odors that range from earthy to sweet and fruity.

The high received by the user of a sativa plant is a cerebral type. The effects are more energetic then that of the indica strain and can stimulate brain activity. Benefits of the sativa include: anti-depressant, loss of chronic pain, increase focus, creativity and serotonin. Indica plants originated in countries such as, Afghanistan, Morocco, and Tibet. Unlike sativa plants, these plants are short and dense with broad dark green leaves. The buds produced have odors ranging from skunk-like to sweet and fruity smells.

Indicas’ usually will produce more buds than sativa in a shorter growing season. Also, indicas are generally better for indoor civilization due to the fact that they grow short and dense, not thin and tall. The high is usually a full body feelings with a heightened sense of relaxation. The benefits from indicas are sedation, relaxation, and decreased nausea, treatment of acute pain, increased appetite, and increased dopamine. However, indicas’ THC level are different from those of the sativa and indica buds, those are best used during non-active parts of the day or before bed.

Marijuana does have medicinal value, however, the marijuana needs to be of high quality for the benefits of this plant to outweigh the negatives of smoking it, why isn’t this proven yet? This is because marijuana needs to undergo governmental tests to prove these theories correct. This statement does not sound too difficult, but the marijuana that gets tested during these studies is provided by the government and also is of notoriously low quality. These circumstances have been affecting the accuracy of marijuana studies for years.

Still with time passing by, more information is surfacing concerning the capabilities of this wonder plant. Who knows what new information could be discovered in the coming years to say the average Americans opinion on the growing topic that is known as medical marijuana. Works Cited Barthwell, Andrea. ” Medical Marijuana is not and Effective Medicine” Medicine. Ed Louise I. Gerdes. Detroit: Green-haven press, 2008. 121-124, Print. Opposing viewpoints Ser. Bowerman, Claire. “Alternative Medicine is Dangerous and Scientifically Unproven. ” Medicine Ed. Louise I. Gerdes.