18-May-15 6:00 AM  CST

Taking a Closer Look at Medical Marijuana

The use of marijuana in the United States, both for medicinal and recreational use, has been a hot button issue for some time. But with more and more states approving the use of marijuana for medical reasons as well recreational, the issue doesn’t appear to be burning out anytime soon. Over the last year Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. In 2016 California, Arizona, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and Missouri are expected also have regulation on the books legalizing the use recreational of marijuana.

 According to the federal government the use of marijuana, for any reason, in any state, is still a violation of the Controlled Substance Act and therefore, still a criminal act enforced by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Under the Controlled Substance Act and the drug schedules it created, marijuana is a Scheduled I drug, meaning, it is highly addictive and serves no medical purpose. However, some health care professionals believe this definition may not necessarily be true.

 According to Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist who works specifically with veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the use of marijuana has helped her patients more than the prescription drugs she was prescribing. In fact, Dr. Sisley stated that she often times had to prescribe her patients as many as 10 medications to help them deal with the symptoms associated with PTSD, and often they were ineffective or inadequate.

  Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a physician and medical correspondent for CNN, states that there are many disease states that can benefit from the use of medical marijuana. Patients diagnosed with AIDs that used marijuana had less neuropathic pain. In Alzheimer’s patients use of marijuana has shown to slow the deposits of protein on the brain. Marijuana use from those suffering from arthritis saw a decrease in the inflammation around the joints. Asthma, cancer, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and glaucoma have also seen benefits from the medicinal use of marijuana.

 Regardless of your personal stance on the use of marijuana, medicinal or otherwise, one thing is certain, the debate over its beneficial qualities will continue to source of contention for years to come. 

 

Resources:

Christensen, J., (2015), “ 10 diseases where medical marijuana could have an impact”, CNN, http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/15/health/marijuana-medical-advances/index.html, retrieved, 25. April 2015


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