So far, DC and 23 out of 50 U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana, but the debate about its safeness and efficiency is continuing.
Proponents claim medical marijuana can treat symptoms of a number of diseases and disorders, including glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and AIDS. They cite multiple scientific studies, government reports, and facts about the medicinal use of marijuana throughout world history.
Opponents argue that marijuana is a dangerous addictive drug that leads to harder drug use and can damage human body, especially lungs, immune system, and, when it comes to recreational use, also the brain.
So what are the pros and cons of medical marijuana? Let us look a bit closer at the debate.
Medical marijuana can provide lots of health benefits, especially if it is not consumed by smoking but by vaping or ingesting. In this case, the patient avoids getting lung and throat damage by the hot particles that happens with tobacco smoking.
Based on a number of studies, here are some pros of marijuana:
Although medical marijuana is legal in some states, its use and possession are still illegal in others. In fact, the federal government still classifies cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, and if an officer finds marijuana in your possession, you may get penalties.
When it comes to the legalization of marijuana, there is quite a big difference between discussing the benefits of medical and recreational cannabis, though there are some arguments that cover cannabis use in general:
Moreover, there is the issue of unlicensed marijuana that may provide damage to human health because of the dangerous chemicals it may contain.
Unfortunately, scientific studies on marijuana that could prove some of the arguments right or wrong meet a lot of restrictions. While cannabis is still considered a Schedule I drug, widespread studies on the issue are unlikely to happen.