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Should Marijuana be Utlilized Medicinally?
Jansenne Mitchellon 7 August 2013
Transcript of Should Marijuana be Utlilized Medicinally?
Medical Cannabis (marijuana) refers to
the part of the plant used as the form of medicine. The Cannabis plant has a long history, dating back to as far a 2737 B.C.E. It is prescribed for a broad range of symptoms such as cancer, ADHD, and migraines. However, some people believe that there is no medicinal use in Marijuana because the plant doesn't meet the requirement for standard medicine. They argue that Marijuana has many negative health effects.
Pros and Cons of Medicinal Marijuana
Relieves many types of pains
Can slow the process of Alzheimers
Relieves nausea from Chemotherapy
Can prevent Blindness
Can control epileptic seizures
A chemical called cannabidol found in Marijuana stops cancer from spreading
May decrease anxiety
Relieves arthritis discomfort
Frequent marijuana can cause short term memory loss
High potential for abuse
No animal or human data that supports the safety or efficiency of marijuana for general medical use
There is better, safer pain relief than marijuana
High risk for cancer, in the tract and lungs
Causes immune suppression, bad mental health, and long term drug addiction
Increases heart attack chances
The long term effects are unknown
One marijuana cigarette is equivalent to 20 tobacco cigarettes
Support or Reject?
I reject the idea of marijuana being utilized medicinally. While medical marijuana may help some cope with pain, it is more harmful than helpful for most. The disadvantages easily outweigh the advantages. Further, there is no scientific evidence that marijuana is actually effective. It is unknown what can happen if used long-term. With that information I support the idea of medical marijuana being illegal.
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Can increase appetite
Minimal withdrawal symptoms
Can remain in the body for up to four weeks
Causes wheezing and hacking