The subject of medical marijuana has been a hotly debated topic in recent years, with several states legalizing the use of the drug for conditions from cancer to anxiety. Now comes a report from the World Health Organization that adds to that debate.
The WHO has determined that medical marijuana is effective in treating a list of medical conditions including cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases. This announcement boosts the efforts of physicians and others who have been working for years to legalize the use of medical marijuana around the world.
The WHO also concluded that CBD (cannabidiol), the active ingredient in medical marijuana, does not lead to an addiction to THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).THC is the element in marijuana that induces a “high.”
Many argue that the benefits of medical marijuana have been severely downplayed by big Pharma because the legalization and prescribing of medical marijuana to patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy and other diseases would cut into their profit margins.
Truth be told, we have known that there are some medicinal purposes to marijuana for some time. Physicians who have been pushing for the legalization of medical marijuana have done so with the understanding that it is a potent natural alternative to pharmaceuticals where pain management is concerned.
We should all be questioning why physicians haven’t been afforded the ability to prescribe this solution when there is so much proof that medical marijuana is a healthy alternative to other treatments that bring with them complicated side effects and consequences.
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