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More and more states are legalizing medical marijuana. Just this year, Maryland, Minnesota, and New York, became the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd states to legalize marijuana, which means medical marijuana doctors can legally practice in nearly half of the country.
Though opponents of the doctors who prescribe medical marijuana are baffled by this turn of events, the reason so many states are legalizing the “new drug” is simple — because it works.
Here are a few of the exciting ways medical marijuana doctors are helping people.
To Treat Alcoholism.
Alcohol is the biggest drug problem in the United States. In fact, about 53% of adults in the U.S. have reported that one or more of their close relatives has a drinking problem. When they try to quit drinking, withdrawal can set in in as quickly as two hours. Such symptoms can range from anxiety and shakiness to seizures. Luckily, medical marijuana doctors can help alcoholics overcome these painful symptoms. One survey published in the Harm Reduction Journalfound that 57.4% of respondents choose to work with medical marijuana doctors because they provided a better way to manage symptoms.
To Help With Chronic Pain.
About 25% of Americans — one in every four people — has suffered from a pain that lasts longer than 24 hours, while millions more suffer from acute pain. If available in their state, these patients can turn to medical marijuana doctors to find relief. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, “the available evidence from animal and human studies indicates that cannabinoids can have a substantial analgesic effect.”
To Ease the Side Effects of Cancer Treatment.
Cancer patients often have to endure intense, severe side effects, which are often worse than many of the illnesses they might have had up to that point. By ingesting marijuana’s THC, they can relieve their nausea, regain their appetites, and more. Some studies have even suggested that marijuana could slow the progress of some types of cancer.
If you think this amazing medicine may be able to help you, check to see if it’s legal in your state, and then get in touch with your local medical marijuana doctors. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.