“In a double-blind study patients preferred Marinol over smoking marijuana 2-to-1” (Dudley 32). Marinol is a THC pill that works as marijuana does but in a smoke free form. Marinol contains a purer form of THC. The study on marinol v. marijuana shows the purer more effective form of THC is preferred to smoking weed. Despite tests done on marijuana being used for medical purposes, scientists say that smoked marijuana is not necessary for medical purposes based on other forms of treatment, like marinol, out
Both sides are fighting to be right and win. Whether drugs are legalized or stay illegal one or both sides of the argument will be unhappy, unless they come to a compromise. The recent legalization of medical marijuana in some states could be looked at as a compromise. With the compromise, marijuana is legal with the certain prescription, but still is illegal and has repercussions if used for the wrong reason. Another compromise is the decriminalization of marijuana; if someone is to be in possession of less than one ounce then it is just a misdemeanor.
It is undeniable that if one is not long-term using marijuana, he or she will not be affect that much by it. Moreover, it sometimes can help one with his or her illnesses. That’s why even in ancient time people started to use marijuana as a sort of medicine and nowadays doctors all over the world use marijuana for medical reasons. Furthermore, our state government could weaken drug cartels by passing Proposition 19. “Caulkins calculates that anywhere from $1.5 billion to $2 billion worth of marijuana might be sold in California each year.
Rolling in Ecstasy: MDMA Use in the United States Many people may find it difficult to believe that a drug claimed to be able to kill within one usage actually is beneficial and safe for treating a wide variety of medical diseases. This is especially the case for the infamous and reportedly deadly “club drug,” MDMA or Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. MDMA was first synthesized by Merck Pharmaceuticals in 1912 as a potential headache medication, but after finding no connection they deemed further studies unnecessary. This caused the drug to essentially vanish until 1977, when a chemist by the name of Charles Shulgin took a second look at MDMA and discovered that Merck may have been very wrong. Dr. Shulgin found the drug to be therapeutic and christened it “window” as he felt it
Dr Robert J. DeLorenzo along with other researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University discovered that natural cannabis “plays a critical role in controlling spontaneous seizures in epilepsy.” That’s only two studies that I’m naming, there happens to be a wealth out there showing that cannabis is linked to beneficial occurrences to those in need. More examples include: Depression, anxiety, Hepatitis C, Cancer, HIV, and even Morning Sickness. So, even after all of the evidence stating that cannabis even helps people in need, it’s still outlawed…
Controlled distribution of the drug in a safe, regulated environment would eliminate the black market and its associated criminality. It worked with alcohol: the mobsters are no longer in control of alcohol, and police don't get shot making alcohol raids. We should take a lesson from history and legalize marijuana to reduce violence even further (MJlegal, 2007). Marijuana's therapeutic uses are well-documented in modern scientific literature. The studies indicate that marijuana provides symptomatic relief for a number of medical conditions, including nausea and vomiting, stimulating appetite, promoting weight gain, and diminishing intraocular pressure from glaucoma.
Bayer's theory is that the smokeless ways are more cost efficient or will be once more Americans are accepting of medical marijuana. But even though both of these articles address topics on marijuana from a doctors point of view, their is noticeable difference in how they attempt to persuade their readers into accepting their stand point. The Harvard Mental Health Letter uses more statistics and studies, while Dr. Rick Bayer uses his own knowledge and theories. "Their are no studies showing cannabis smoking causes cancer or emphysema" as Dr. Rick Bayer quoted in his article. Bayer also stated that "Cannabis smoke contains measurable amounts of carcinogens."
Hemp varieties typically contain around a 1:20 THC to CBD ratio, where as marijuana has been bred to lower percentages of CBD and may contain a 20:1 or even higher THC to CBD content ratio. (Hemp Facts, 1997) Not only are there not high enough levels of THC to cause the psychoactive affects that “users” are looking for, but the elevated CBD content of hemp would prevent the “user” from ever achieving a “high” no matter the amount of hemp they consumed. Countries which allow industrial hemp farming have not noted problems with hemp being used as a drug. However, the United States government appears to be unwilling to face the actual facts regarding the differences between industrial hemp and
Ultimately, the patient remains physically dependent on the opioid methadone, but is freed from the uncontrolled, compulsive, and disruptive behaviour seen in heroin addicts. Although does it really work as a method of getting addicts of heroin for good? Methadone has been used since the 1980’s in Scotland as a controlled and supposedly safe substitute for heroin. However is taking drugs to stop taking drugs an effective strategy? Taking statistics into consideration the answer is no.
Marijuana use has many dangerous side effects even after one has stopped using the drug. According to McGuinness (2009), “Mood and cognitive effects of marijuana include exacerbation of depression and anxiety (including panic attacks), as well as memory problems that may persist for a month after last use” (p. 19). The facts surrounding the negative impact of smoking marijuana should be enough for anyone to not smoke the drug. Unfortunately people ignore the warnings about the negative impact mariujana has on the body. The warnings about marijuana use are most likely ignored because people, especially teens have not personally witnessed anyone suffer from the affects of marijuana addiction.