How is marijuana used for health purposes?

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hi1954 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are three types of marijuana, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderensis.  Marijuana was the most used medicine in history until the 1930s, when it was replaced by aspirin (after Beyer Pharmaceuticals discovered an inexpensive way to mass produce aspirin).  It is currently used most often as an anti-nausea treatment with chemotherapy for cancers and hepatic problems.  A multi-year research program in Great Britain by the Lancet (journal of the British Medical Association) has proven near-miraculous results with muscular paralysis patients.  It has been used successfully as a treatment for problems with the kidneys, the liver and the lungs.  Research indicates it slows or stops the growth of most lung cancers.  There has been a great deal of medical research in Britain, Germany, Spain and India, and it has been shown to be an effective treatment for Hepatitis C.  A 1997 survey of multiple sclerosis patients by Doctors Pertwee, Cosroe and others found that patients who smoked marijuana found significant relief for symptoms ranging from spasticity to anorexia, fatigue, balance problems, bowel problems and memory loss.

Although it does cause temporary problems (while "stoned") with short-term memory, neurological research has shown that long-term use of marijuana causes a massive increase in neurons in the pre-frontal lobe of the brain, where long-term memory, higher mathematical skills, and higher brain functions such as ordination and pattern analysis occur.  This does not prove it will make you smarter, but it will certainly not make you dumber.  Unfortunately, the artificial versions of the cannibinoids and higher THC isomers simply do not work nearly as well in clinical trials as the real thing.

The only real negative is that, after smoking a joint, heavy exercise is slightly more stressful on the heart than after a cigarette.  On the other hand, the marijuana effect goes away after 45 minutes, while the cigarette effect takes 48 hours to dissipate.  Wearing underwear causes a lower sperm count than smoking "pot."  There is no credible scientific evidence which indicates marijuana causes mental problems, although if you tend toward such getting stoned on anything is a bad idea.

The link below should help you find out more.  There are better sites, but some advocate smoking marijuana, which is illegal at the moment in the US.

dswain001 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The scientific name for Marijuana is Cannabis Sativa. It is also known as Hemp, pot, or weed. Marijuana is a weed that occurs naturally. It is illegal in the United States. However, in recent years some states like California have passed controlled substance laws that allow patients with particularly debilitating diseases to use marijuana as long as an individual has a prescription from a doctor. Fibromyalgia patients use the drug to treat the chronic incurable pain that the disease causes. Marijuana is also used by Cancer and HIV patients to treat pain resulting from the diseases. While researchers are still studying the drug, some scientists believe that TCH, the effective chemical in Marijuana can be isolated to create drugs that can treat patients without the side-effects of smoking pot. Many scientists are against the use of smoking marijuana and studies show that smoking pot can actually do more harm than good. Psychological effects of marijuana include anxiety, depression, memory loss and paranoia. Over time, marijuana can cause lung cancer and lowered testosterone levels and sperm counts in men.

leaped | Student

as a former speaker for law enforcement against prohibition, and a medical cannabis user. I can tell you that cancer and fibro. is not the only uses  for medical reasons. it is best for you to google , granny stormcrows list. it is the most comprehensive info on the matter. most teachers and so-called educated people do not have that information because they have a vested interest not to know.

raid1802 | Student

Although U.S. law classifies marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance (which means it has no acceptable medical use), a number of patients claim that smoking pot has helped them deal with pain or relieved the symptoms of glaucoma, the loss of appetite that accompanies AIDS, or nausea caused by cancer chemotherapy. There is, however, no solid evidence that smoking marijuana creates any greater benefits than approved medications (including oral THC) now used to treat these patients, relieve their suffering, or mitigate the side effects of their treatment. Anecdotal assertions of beneficial effects have yet to be confirmed by controlled scientific research.

It is also known that prohibited drugs (like marijuana) can damage your libido.

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