American health care is being revolutionized. There are now 23 states in the union that allow medical marijuana doctors to practice, with several other states working on similar legalization legislature. Less than 20 years ago, there were none.
Why is it, though, that something once seen as a dangerous taboo is now being used in medicine? Why is it that so many states who strongly opposed marijuana now legalizing it?
Because it works. Medical marijuana doctors are able to help a myriad of patients with crippling, debilitating problems live a more full, happy life. Here are just a few of the types of patients medical marijuana doctors are helping to overcome challenges across the nation right now.
Alcohol is the number one drug problem in the U.S. and causes about 2 million deaths every year. Currently, the most successful way to quit alcoholism is through a 12 step program, like Alcoholics Anonymous. However, about 40% of AA members drop out after the first year, turning back to their old habits. One of the main reasons it’s so hard to quit alcohol is because of the severe withdrawal symptoms. Alcoholics who are trying to quit wind up suffering from issues like insomnia, vomiting, headaches, and anxiety. Medical marijuana doctors, though, can help patients manage these symptoms, according to a study published in the Harm Reduction Journal. By managing these symptoms, alcoholics have an easier time transitioning to sobriety.
Patients With Depression
Medical marijuana doctors have also proven that they can help patients suffering from depression, as marijuana has been shown to be able to elevate mood and expand the mind time and time again. This is a particularly important reason for more states to allow medical marijuana doctors to practice, as over 80% of depressed individuals don’t seek professional help.
Patients Suffering Chronic Pain
Chronic pain from various injuries and illnesses is one of the most common problems in the world, affecting more than 1.5 billion people. If these patients were able to see medical marijuana doctors, they’d be able to do something about their problem. According to a Canadian study, three puffs of cannabis was enough to help people with chronic nerve pain feel less pain and sleep better.
Legislators and family practice physicians who once saw marijuana as a narcotic are now seeing it for what it really is — a helpful medicine. If you think it can help you with any illnesses or symptoms you may be suffering from, check to see if there are any family practice centers with medical marijuana doctors that are accepting new patients in your area.
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