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Compelling Reasons Marijuana Should Be a Medical Option

Jordan Webber

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Medical Cannabis

The use of marijuana as medicine is one of the hotly debated topics today. Despite all the proof confirming the benefits of cannabis to our health, there are many who still contest the medicinal properties of this plant.

Cannabis sativa has been used as a medicinal plant for years and was even used in ancient times to relieve pain and other medical conditions. Currently, there are volumes of medical literature attesting to the safety and efficacy of cannabis in providing relief to sufferers of a wide variety of diseases, but there are individuals and organizations insisting that ‘weed’ belongs to a list of prohibited substances in the US and other parts of the world.

Why Use Medical Cannabis?

Here are some strong arguments in favor of using marijuana as medicine.

WHO Declares CBD as Potent and Safe

The term ‘medical cannabis’ often refers to the use of cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is one of the 113 isolated substances (cannabinoids) extracted from marijuana. After much research, scientists found that CBD does not have the psychoactive property that is normally associated with the negative image of cannabis.

CBD is safe, even to the standards upheld by the WHO. Recently, the WHO announced that the use of medical cannabis might have therapeutic effects on patients and, in one of its reports, the body listed the diseases that CBD has the capacity to cure or provide pain relief for. In another report, WHO stated that they found no negative health outcomes. In other words, as long as taken in the correct dosage, patients could safely reap multiple benefits from marijuana.

More and More Doctors Back Medicinal Cannabis

With the remarkable number of medical journals affirming the benefits of CBD to cure multiple ailments, more and more doctors also recognize and advocate marijuana as a medicine. In fact, in a survey done in 2014, more physicians said medicinal marijuana should be legalized than not. Specialists in cancer treatments and blood disorders are among the primary supporters of medicinal marijuana due to the real benefits of the medicine experienced by their patients.

And, it’s not just physicians, but renowned specialists like Joycelyn Elders, MD, a former US Surgeon General, adding their support to the use of medical marijuana. She confirmed that there is overwhelming evidence that this plant can relieve different types of pain, nausea, and vomiting. She added that there were also studies stating that cannabis can help alleviate symptoms of serious diseases like multiple sclerosis, certain types of cancers, and even AIDS.

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, MD also advocated the use of marijuana as medicine. He confessed that he changed his mind about marijuana, stating that the US has been ‘systematically misled’ about this plant. Just like Dr. Elders, he cited the numerous studies proving the benefits of medical marijuana. Dr. Gupta based his shift in opinion on the interviews with leading doctors, experts, patients, and growers in different countries.

Many doctors are currently prescribing medicinal marijuana for:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anorexia and other eating disorders
  • Certain types of cancers
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mental health problems such as posttraumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Parkinson’s disease

33 States in the US Have Already Legalized Medical Cannabis

Due to substantial proof of the multiple benefits of medical marijuana, 33 US states, including Washington DC, have already decriminalized its use and sale. Analysts are expecting more states to side in favor of cannabis advocates in the near future.

Many of these states have heard the opinions of their constituents regarding this medicine and a recent survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center, found that about six in ten Americans are in favor of the legalization of marijuana.

With support coming from the medical, scientific and legal communities, more and more companies have started selling CBD and medical cannabis supplements in the US. But, before taking medicinal marijuana, experts still advise patients first to consult their doctors.

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Benefits of Medical Marijuana

The State of Cannabis in Washington State: Things To Know in 2021

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The Pacific Northwest is well known for its beautifully lush landscapes, crisp apples, fresh air, and progressive lifestyle/health views. Being the only state named after a United States president(George Washington), Washington is a place many happily and willingly call home or their sanctuary.  

In terms of other well-knowns, Washington state was one of the first to legalize cannabis for recreational use nearly a decade ago (2012 to be exact). As long as you are 21 years old or older and reside in the state, you can privately partake in the consumption of cannabis without any legal ramifications. This has been an appeal to many across the country, with some actually moving to the state for this reason.

In 2021, and with the dawn of a new administration in the White House, marijuana looks to have a very bright few years ahead. We’ve already seen an emergence of pot stocks and hometown dispensaries budding up all around the United States and the rest of North America, and that only looks to continue into the near future.

If you’re in the mood to finally take the leap into using cannabis, now could be a great time to learn more about this wonderful plant and its many healing and rejuvenating properties. 

What is it used for mainly in 2021?

Cannabis was once thought only to be good for “getting high.” There has been a plethora of scientific research giving us a better understanding of this miracle plant. It has been used to treat Cancer, Epilepsy, Seizures, Glaucoma, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In 2021 after a rough 2020, many have been using it as a healthier way to indulge at home, protecting themselves from the ongoing pandemic. Instead of frequent alcohol consumption, there has been a larger shift towards the consumption of cannabis as it has been stated to be less harmful to vital organs like the heart and liver. Alcohol also creates a lot of inflammation within the body, whereas cannabis reportedly fights inflammation. 

Best places to buy it in 2021?

The best places to purchase your cannabis are from state-licensed retailers in Washington. Purchasing weed through private means(aka black-market) is still illegal and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure to do your due diligence when seeking reputable dispensaries as there are “pop-up shops” that claim being licensed but are not, and purchasing from them could result in a hefty fine or even jail time. 

Per WeedMaps, Medical marijuana patients may purchase and possess up to:

  • 3 ounces of marijuana, or 85 grams;
  • 48 ounces, or 1.36 kilograms of marijuana-infused products in solid form;
  • 1.69 gallons, or 6.4 liters of marijuana-infused products in liquid form, or; 
  • 21 grams of marijuana concentrate.

Washington state cannabis Legislation in 2021

As far as growing and cultivation of marijuana for personal use, this is still illegal. Washington cannabis laws are more liberal than other states, but there are still many restrictions, such as not being able to consume it in “public view”. The most notable push in the cannabis space in Washinton state is a bill for home cultivation.

Conclusion

Washington is a great place to visit and, for many, is one of the best places to call home due to its stance on cannabis consumption. With 2021 being a year of progression, it looks like the state of cannabis in Washington will only continue to shine.

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Topical CBD for Pain: Does it Even Work? [VIDEO]

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CBD for Pain

CBD is now known all over the world as a pain reducer and an anti-inflammatory substance. The most common ways of consuming it is by taking it orally or through smoking or inhalation. Now, this video will further explore the effectiveness of topical CBD for pain.

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CBD and Inflammation – Morning Marijuana News [VIDEO]

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CBD and Inflammation

Inflammation is our body’s natural response when it is being harmed. However, severe or prolonged inflammation can be debilitating. This is where CBD comes in along with its proven anti-inflammatory properties. This video gives us a better idea on how exactly CBD fights inflammation.

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