The facts about the medical benefits of cannabis for treating certain diseases like cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, etc have gained wide acceptance among the public. This is mainly because of the successful campaigns by the marijuana activists and the patients. On the one hand, you have to acknowledge that there are some medicinal uses for the natural herb. However, this is not without any side effects.
Health Effects of Cannabis
Smoking cannabis could lead to respiratory problems and could even cause lung or throat cancer. Inhalation of smoke is not a healthy thing to do, whether it is tobacco or marijuana. The patients who are already suffering from other diseases might be particularly vulnerable because of their poor health.
The cannabis use is also known to lead to some psychological problems. Long-term cannabis use often results in depression, anxiety disorders, aggression, etc. Again, patients suffering from life-threatening diseases like cancer are more vulnerable to psychological problems like depression.
Marijuana is extremely addictive in nature. The psychoactive nature of the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) induces a feeling of euphoria and numbs the senses. This makes it an excellent painkiller. The long-term use of the drug could make the patient dependent on the drug. This adds marijuana addiction to the existing health problems of the patient.
Medical Benefits of Cannabis
So, how exactly can the cannabinoids in the weed be used for treating diseases without its side effects? Cannabis is not all bad. It contains many other harmless and medicinal cannabinoids other than the psychoactive THC. Many pharmaceutical companies are researching to find out the medical uses of these cannabinoids. Separating these cannabinoids and using them to produce cannabis-based drugs will reduce its addictive nature. Moreover, the scientists will be able to make the drugs more potent and effective when they are separated and concentrated into pills.
In fact, if the federal government were to legalize the medical use of marijuana, the scientists will be able to generate more funds for their research. Making the medical cannabis less addictive will make its legalization politically feasible for the federal government.
One realizes that most cancer and multiple sclerosis patients are using cannabis as the last resort to reduce their pain and suffering. The government’s job is to provide them safe and effective medicines that have no side effects.