Medical marijuana is not a new concept. In fact, it has been around for more than 4,700 years. (Although it was first used and cultivated for medical purposes outside of the U.S. — in China.) Of course, that does not put an end to the ongoing debate about legalizing medical cannabis in the U.S., and it does very little to remove the stigma that can surround doctors who prescribe medical marijuana. What can change people’s minds? People are most likely to be swayed by cold, hard facts. Here are just a few.
Medical Cannabis May Help Treat Addiction
It may seem counterintuitive to treat a drug or alcohol addiction with, well, another drug. That’s exactly what some rehabilitation programs and alcohol detox centers are doing, and it’s not as crazy as you might think. First, let’s clear the water. It’s been done before. Naltrexone, also a drug, acts as an opioid receptor, and — for that reason — one of its most popular uses is opioid or alcohol dependence management.
According to new research, medical marijuana can be used in much the same way. People are less likely to use and overdose from opiates in states that have legalized medical cannabis.
The Contentious Plant May Be The Solution To Epilepsy
People may associate cannabis with heavier drugs and crime, but that’s often not the case. In fact, it can be downright helpful. The drug is credited with dramatically reducing the occurrence of epilepsy-related seizures, and scientists and medical experts are in the process of doing extensive research to find out exactly how it works.
It Can Be Safe, Even For The Most Unlikely Patients
Medical marijuana is a fairly safe form of treatment; in fact, it can be mild enough to help treat children. Doctors who prescribe medical marijuana will write a prescription for a child, if they suffer from serious and debilitating conditions, like epilepsy or cancer. Moreover, children are actually less likely to smoke weed for recreation in states with liberal medical marijuana laws.
Cannabis is still a drug, but — under the right circumstances and in a controlled environment — it can help a lot of people, too, including children suffering from epilepsy or cancer.