The Journey of Medical Marijuana

Published : 06/30/2015 10:50:12
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The Journey of Medical Marijuana

When it comes to legalization, there are many ways in which you can talk about cannabis. For instance, you could very well underline how legal weed would certainly push people to think twice before calling someone a “pothead”. In fact, one of the worst products of prohibition is the creation of a series of stereotypes, horrible misconceptions, which are often perceived as actual “knowledge”. Usually, this kind of labeling characterizes cannabis used for recreational purposes. Let’s make one thing clear: the lazy, funny guy, the iconic “pothead” you see in movies and TV shows, it’s extremely problematic and certainly not that funny.

There is nothing funny about turning the culture of cannabis into a laughable matter. We are talking about a plant that has been used by human beings for thousands of years, the backbone of ancient recipes, rituals and traditional medicine. Because the misleading images we’ve been fed over the years are incredibly strong, in the last 100 years we managed to forget that cannabis is a precious plant, before being anything else. This is why the current rise of medical marijuana is so important: because it creates a new way to talk about cannabis, and because it opens a channel to discover what humans have known for centuries - which is the fact that marijuana can give us a better live.

Recent studies have demonstrated cannabis could soon become what it has always been: the cornerstone of human medicine. Still, the journey of medical marijuana is not over yet. In fact, the vast majority of studies conducted by universities all over the world still focuses on “how bad” cannabis is, while very few experts have had the chance to work and try to understand “how good” the plant is. As Dr. SueSisley recently said to CNN, "mainstream physicians won't come near the stuff, even if they hear that it works, because without the research, without it approved in legitimate practice guidelines, they are going to worry about their license and their professionalism”. While this remains a big problem, and it will take some time and some money to really turn things around, the number of studies that highlight the health benefits of cannabis is growing, just like the number of states that have decided to finally legalize medical pot. This is great news, not only for the patients but also for the many doctors who want to invest in this kind of research but can’t do it because they can’t access the necessary funds.

More specifically, recent studies have demonstrated that people with HIV/AIDS live better (sleep, eat and feel better) if they smoke cannabis. And cannabis-based drugs can help patients who suffer from chronic pain, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and Crohn's disease, epilepsy (even the rare cases, which are often resistant to normal treatments), glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. Plus, there have also been researches, some of which are extremely recent, that shows how CBD can stop the growth of brain and breast cancers.

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