Marijuana also known as cannabis or weed comes from the plant Cannabis sativa. Marijuana is considered to be a prohibited drug in most parts around the world, but slowly countries are beginning to come to terms with the use of this illicit drug. Recently the Victorian government in Australia have legalized the use of marijuana for its medicinal purposes. Medicinal cannabis or medicinal marijuana is used as a treatment for pain relief, nausea, and to induce appetite in some of its patients. When compared to opiate drugs, which are drugs prescribed to treat pain; marijuana is considered to be less harmful.
Marijuana isn’t associated with as many risks, and when compared to opiate drugs it can be useful in treating many medical conditions, without having to worry about the potential deaths that can occur with overdosing. It’s devastating to see that each year around 69,000 people die from overdosing on opiate drugs such as morphine, tramadol and oxycodone http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/information-sheet/en/. Opiate drugs such as oxycodone can form addictive behaviour, and if consumed in large doses can lead to respiratory depression and death from suffocation. http://www.drugs.com/oxycodone.html.Because no deaths have been linked to taking large dosages of marijuana, http://www.leafscience.com/2014/08/26/can-you-overdose-on-marijuana/ I see no reason why it should be prohibited for medicinal purposes, as it is a much safer alternative.
Overdosing on marijuana may not lead to death, but taking too much can cause acute psychosis. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a chemical present in marijuana, and when introduced into the body binds to cannabinoid receptors present near the brain, which in turn inhibits the mental functioning of an individual. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/how-does-marijuana-produce-its-effects. THC is the chemical present in marijuana that gives you the “high” feeling. However, it is a beneficial chemical as it helps to stop nausea and induce appetite in some of its patients, and shouldn’t be underestimated in the medical community.
THC and similar chemicals found in marijuana are beginning to be used in the medical profession. The two major chemicals present in marijuana include cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD has fewer side effects than the chemical THC, and for this reason it is advantageous for medical purposes https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana-medicine. THC containing drugs such as dronabinol and nabilone have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These prescribed drugs are used to treat nausea in cancer patients using chemotherapy and to induce appetite in individuals who have AIDS. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana-medicine. Drugs containing high amounts of the chemical CBD, lessens seizures in children who are suffering from epilepsy. It can be seen that when used as a medicine , marijuana can often benefit the health and well being of many individuals suffering from illnesses. When taken in proportion and in correct dosages prescribed drugs containing chemicals associated with marijuana should do more good than bad. Medicinal marijuana is efficient and has the potential to allow us to discover and develop new and improved drugs which can help treat medical conditions today and in the near future.
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