Back in the times when the medical field was uncultivated and lack innovation, people turn to traditional forms of medicines. People praise herbal plants that have medicinal effects in treating various diseases. In developing countries, where medical help is still out of reach, these practices are still in use.
Marijuana or cannabis was once classified as a medicinal plant that delivers various health benefits to patients. Moreover, cannabis was once a legitimate medication approved and prescribed by doctors and is available for purchase in pharmacies until the black propaganda against it. In 1970s, marijuana was classified under Schedule I drug.
However, going back in time, the medical benefits of marijuana far outweighs is “supposed” side effects. This is what the “pro” side is clamoring for in the substance’s battle for legalization in many states. Marijuana is now rebranding itself as a wellness product.
Marijuana has two main ingredients: THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient that makes users high; and CBD or cannabidiol, which is the ingredient that renders health benefits. Most strains of cannabis in the market have higher THC, since these sell well. Some growers developed variants with higher CBD for medical purposes, especially for young children.
Marijuana can topple other potentially-deadly narcotics used to treat diseases, that is why it is favored by some physicians because of less risks involved. However, few researchers embark in studying the different medicinal aspects of marijuana since the federal government denies funding and support to such empirical research due to its legal ramifications as well as public scrutiny.
Marijuana and its health benefits
Marijuana was tested to alleviate symptoms, if not cure, of various diseases, including rare diseases. Epilepsy, PTST, Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, and even cancer are only some of the diseases that are allegedly treated by cannabis. Moreover, the drug has psychological effects – making users clam and more relaxed as well as improve their mood. Practically, this makes the substance more than a wellness product.
Marijuana and its artistic effects
Some artists admitted marijuana use and expressed support for recreational and medical use of “pot”. They claimed that marijuana can be conduit to creative inspiration. Smoking weed makes some people more creative because of its effects in the brain that some, metaphorically, say that they have less inhibition. Moreover, research states that marijuana releases dopamine or the neurotransmitter that control’s emotional responses for reward and pleasure.
Marijuana is better than alcohol
Studies showed that alcohol is far worse than marijuana. Marijuana use has fewer side effects in the body, unlike alcohol, which destroys the body and is the onset of a number of diseases. Conservative columnist and former psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer told Fox News, “Number one, alcohol is a lot worse. I’ve seen what it does as a doctor. It destroys the body — aggression, car accidents, a lot of damage. If I [was] starting a society from scratch and had to choose the intoxicant, I would outlaw alcohol and I’d allow marijuana. It’s benign compared to alcohol.”
There is no reported case of marijuana overdose. This is because cannabis is practically a plant. In addition, marijuana has the lowest dependent rate of 9 percent in comparison with other drugs like heroin and even alcohol. This accounted for 1 in every 10 users tend to be dependent on the drug.