What Conditions Can Medical Marijuana Help Treat?
Could you ever imagine being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness like cancer, HIV/Aids, multiple sclerosis, or even seizures. Wouldn’t you want something to help ease the pain or give you an appetite? This is some of the few things that medical marijuana can assist with. Right now, medical marijuana is such a debatable topic regarding whether it should be legal or not and around recreational use. Rather than worrying about the logistics of legality, the focus should be on how medical marijuana helps with pain and suffering from some of the most unimaginable illnesses and how this product helps increase quality of life. Also, how this product may be potentially better than the typical pain medicine we use today like opioids and NSAIDs. Above all, looking at why medical marijuana is the right choice when choosing a product to use when fighting such horrible illnesses and easing the side effects of such illness. Using the utilitarian approach be for deciding about whether using medical marijuana as a better option to other medicines, we need to look as both sides the good and bad of medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana can assist with a plethora of diseases for multiple reasons. The two main chemicals in medical marijuana are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), these are the chemicals that impact the brain and have the pain relieving effect. As it states in “”23 health benefits of marijuana”” by Kevin Loria March 7th, 2018, Chronic pain is the most common reason why people use medical marijuana. Since medical marijuana is something that is smoked, a good argument can be made that this will have some side effect on the lungs. However, as Loria states, “”There’s a fair amount of evidence that marijuana does no harm to the lungs, unless you also smoke tobacco”” In fact research shows that it may increase lung capacity. Another benefit is reducing nausea caused by chemotherapy and increasing appetite. My mother and law has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung and brain cancer. Needing to go to radiation and chemotherapy very often we we’re so worried about her losing weight as she is already a very small woman, maybe 115 pounds. Shortly after a few rounds of chemo and radiation, she decided to try medical marijuana. Quickly we noticed a large increase in appetite. Months down the road we’re so happy with her progress, she gained weight while fighting cancer. Pain medicine wasn’t a good option for her as they violently changed her mood. This is just one reason why using medical marijuana in place of other options such as pain medicine is the right decision to make. However, when deciding whether something is the right or wrong choice we should look at some of the negatives of medical marijuana.
Although marijuana has benefits for medicinal purposes, we must look at both sides of the argument. For instance, Contrary to what Kevin Loria said about marijuana having no effect on the lungs. Dr. David B. Samadi has a different opinion in the article, “”Pot is dangerous, not funny? a doctor tells us why”” he said, “”Marijuana smoke irritates the lungs, causing damage with an increased risk of both chronic bronchitis and lung infections.”” However, Dr. Samadi didn’t mention if the research was done with patients who also used tobacco products along with marijuana. Also, marijuana can also increase heart rate, which will increase risks of heart attack, and could cause hallucinations and paranoia. These are just some of the negative side effects that marijuana can have on the body. Be for ultimately deciding about whether marijuana should be a better form of medicine over let’s say opioids we would have to examine some of the side effects that come along with pain killers. Common side effects are nausea, vomiting, constipation, but the huge side effect is how easy it is to become addicted to pain killers. Often, we hear stories of someone having some sort of emergency surgery and needing pain medicine after and now addicted to pain medicine. As of March 2018, more than 115 people a day die from overdosing on opioids. Although marijuana can become addictive as well, it does not hold the same fatality rate due to overdosing. This would be a large factor to weigh when deciding what type of medicine would be best for relieving pain when fighting an awful disease.