Weed is becoming increasingly tolerated all around the world, with entire countries and areas in the US lifting the ban on marijuana use. THC has been proved to be not only harmless, but helpful in cancer treatments and other affections that can be efficiently treated with medical marijuana.
The recent legalization in many states of the US has allowed a lot of people with intractable medical problems to receive a safe and effective therapy. Alternative opinions state that the benefits are overrated and that advocates ignore the potential harms of marijuana. Overall, critics claim that the real objective of medical marijuana is to make it easy on people to obtain it for recreational purposes.
Sticking to an objective position over the matter, one can conclude that both sides have a strong point. Research only can clarify what we do or we don’t already know about medical marijuana.
But beyond the truth of facts, medical pot is facing another controversy. People still find it hard to get their hands on the doses they have been entitled to, according to the new laws of certain states in the US. Only two facilities in Minneapolis and Eagan opened when Minnesota’s new medical marijuana program launched earlier this month. Officials and common citizens declare that more locations are needed and this is the problem many areas of the state are currently facing.
So before reaching a conclusion regarding the true medical attributes of marijuana, the new legalization brings another problem to the table. Chains of distribution are not yet sufficient for the increasing demand, making people react in front of the controversial and incomplete initiative.
Whether for recreational purposes or medical treatments, marijuana is still not available for each and every one of those who want to grab it. And marijuana is indeed efficient in certain treatments, as previous research suggests. A recent review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has looked into all randomized controlled trials of cannabis and cannabinoids to treat a wide range of medical conditions.
Their conclusions were based on 79 trials which involved more than 6.400 participants. Many trials show serious improvements in symptoms but most failed to achieve statistical significance. However, some of them did show that pot can be associated with impressive improvements in complete resolution of nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy. Marijuana seems to be highly efficient for those who are facing severe pain as well. Marijuana is known to reduce pain ratings by half a point on a 10 point scale. Pot also reduces spasticity in multiple sclerosis or paraplegia in a similar manner. So the legalization is not solely addressed to those who use it for recreational purposes, it is based on research that shows efficient results in treatments for at least two major affections: cancer and chronic pain.
Research continues and statistics are on the rise, to potentially support possible use of marijuana in certain areas. The controversy of medical marijuana could potentially cease someday, when relevant trust over the matter will clarify all speculation.
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