Pot, grass, wacky ‘baccy, devil’s grass, peace tobacco, or hippie’s lettuce are some of the many names for marijuana, but with all jokes aside, should marijuana be legalized for medical purposes? This question has been on the controversial table for many years but now it is in the spotlight more than ever. This argument is becoming more of an up roar because the U.S. Congress is debating whether or not to legalize marijuana. Medical marijuana has a great amount of benefits and may be better than other alternative medicines, but does have some risk factors.
Many people are concern about medical marijuana because cause of the risks and side effects. When smoking marijuana, the side effects may include temporary redness of conjunctiva (white
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There is a FDA approved prescription drug named Marinol or “Pot Pill,” which contains THC the main compound from the cannabis plant (marijuana plant). Marinol is available in retirement homes to help stimulate patients’ appetite. In the New York Times, Dr. Abrams states, ”It takes hours for the full effects of the capsules to be felt, where as smoking marijuana produces effects in a matter of minutes; the capsule, may not be the best way to deliver the drug (qtd. in Hilt).” Marijuana can relieve minor pains from conditions such as migraines, menstrual cramps, and even pains from arthritis. About.com reports, Aspirin, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is believed to be a source of more than a thousand deaths and 70,000 hospitalizations in the United States. Also, chronic use of Tylenol (acetaminophen) is found to be one of the most common effects of end-stage renal disease. On the other hand, grass has no reported deaths and smoking marijuana several times a day is just as effective as NSAIDs or acetaminophen (Eustice).
Not only can marijuana assist on minor conditions but also major medical cases. In 1999 according to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) did a two year research on marijuana, which was funded by the White House drug policy office. Patients