More Evidence for Medical Marijuana; More States to Legalize Drug?

By Andy Kohler, Parent Herald October 22, 04:00 am
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Marijuana has been the subject of debate around the world due to the health benefits that it has been claimed to give from people who have tried it. This is why people are pushing for the legalization of marijuana in several states, especially now where more evidence has come to light in the usage of medical marijuana.

Many people are asking what researchers are doing with such a dangerous and poorly understood drug, and they should be answered by one word: cannabinoids. Researchers are presently conducting researches on two cannabinoids namely, Tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) and cannabidiol.

According to Leaf Science, THC is the primary ingredient in marijuana that is responsible for the "high" feeling, but that is not just what THC is all about. It is also responsible for relieving pain, nausea, and depression, and it has also reportedly been able to stimulate the growth of new brain cells and protect them from damage caused by stress or inflammation.

Cannabidiol is also possibly effective for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as claimed by Medline Plus as it has been shown to be effective in pain improvement, muscle-tightness, and frequency in urination amoung people suffering from MS. It also has anti-psychotic effects with which the causes of such are not clear as of yet.

Cannabis research is hard according to researchers as it entails stricter regulation among states. Even on the conduct of research such as the amount to be tested and the details of the tests, they have to be strictly monitored by the state.

Marijuana does have its own side effects which actually is the reason why most states have not legalized the drug. For one, it can be addicting as statistics show that around two to six percent of people become addicted to it the first time they try and have difficulty stopping. It has relatively strong effects on the brain as well.

There are many things with marijuana or cannabis that are yet to be understood. However, when the time is right and enough research has been done, marijuana may be legalized and may be a breakthrough in medical discovery.

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