Blunt Research: The Good and Bad of Medical Marijuana

Marijuana has been a polarizing topic for debate for decades. Medical marijuana was first used in china in 2754 BC to treat a wide variety of health problems. Thousands of years later we still know very little about the health effects of marijuana in general. This could be due to the politics behind big businesses and government but that is a post for another day.

The health effects of marijuana are still being debated and researched but below are some of the facts:

  1. Known to help relieve chronic pain, and assist in chemotherapy treatments.
  2. Can be used to help relieve one of anxiety
  3. Helps stop and kill cancer causing cells
  4. Helps with diseases such as Glaucoma, Epilepsy, OCD, ADHD.
  5. Can be used to help cope with other addictions

 

Discussed where the positive effects but there are negative ones as well. These include:

  1. If used in daily in adolescence, it can affect short term memory and cognitive learning skills
  2. Can become dependent on substance (different than physically addictive)
  3. Can be linked to causing depression.
  4. Short term causes redness of the eyes, dryness of the mouth, and paranoia.

 

These are just some of the facts that are known but so much more research needs to be done to fully comprehend the true impact of marijuana on health. When examining the positives and negatives you do see many advantages of medical marijuana. Most of the disadvantages are caused when abuse occurs so the responsible use of marijuana can be an overall positive for society. Of course the story goes deeper than just a few pros and cons but the basis of this argument does shed light that when used in moderation marijuana can be good for one’s health.

 

 

 

 

 

Citation

http://www.narconon.org/drug-information/marijuana-timeline.html

http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Pros-and-Cons-of-Weed.html

 

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5 Comments

  1. It’s always good to see a full evaluation of the effects of marijuana, as people too often choose to focus on either the benefits or the negative side-effects depending on what they are arguing. You can’t properly judge marijuana’s potential for use either medically or recreationally if you do not acknowledge every aspect of it. As you mentioned though, there is so little research on cannabis that it is very challenging to make educated assessments of the need of governmental control of this substance.

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    1. It’s always good to know both sides of the story and to formulate your own opinions and analysis. From what is known the pros seem to out weight the cons. The issue for both sides however is that we do not know the extent of its effects because the research is suppressed by the government. Hopefully more people will want to know more about this topic to warrant more research

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  2. I agree with both of your statements dealing with that there are positive and negative effects of marijuana. I realize that there benefits to using this drug in terms of bettering one’s health. However, I personally feel as if when people begin to use this drug they can become dependent upon it. I believe this because over the past few years, I have witnessed several of my friends yearn for the drug on a daily basis, some of these friends have even progressed to harder drugs after the start of marijuana.

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    1. Like stated in the blog you cannot be physically addicted to marijuana. One instead begins to start to use it habitually. Although not addictive I agree that marijuana can be dangerous. I also have friends who have issues with weed and it has become a costly expense. However this is an issue with recreational use. Medical use seems to reap more of the up sides and less of the dangers that come with pot. Like any drug that is legal in the US (tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, etc) too much can lead to horrible effects on the body and can also lead to addiction of other drugs. Moderation is key in every part of life and marijuana holds that statement true.

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  3. Its always good to know both sides of the story and to formulate your own opinions and analysis. From what is known the pros seem to out weight the cons. The issue for both sides however is that we do not know the extent of its effects because the research is suppressed by the government. Hopefully more people will want to know more about this topic to warrant more research

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