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Medical Marijuana is Good—According to 23 States

The legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes is currently one of the hottest topics in the U.S. As far as the federal government is concerned, marijuana is a dangerous drug (under the Controlled Substances Act) and should, therefore, be banned. Yet this view hasn’t stopped 23 states—indeed, even Washington, DC itself—from enacting laws that allow controlled distribution of the drug for those who need it. As of July 17, 2014, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio might be the next states to legalize the drug. Read the rest of this entry

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Getting High to Ultimately Get Better

As high as a person’s pain tolerance can be, there are some medical and physical conditions that are simply too painful to bear. In most cases, such conditions are outright debilitating, preventing one from functioning normally and living a comfortable life despite trying all the conventional treatments and solutions. In these extreme circumstances, perhaps a well known but controversial solution is the best answer, and this of course is legal medical marijuana.

Forgetting the heated debates over the appropriateness and legality of using marijuana for medical purposes, it can be said definitively that this kind of treatment has its merits. Medical marijuana has shown a certain degree of effectiveness against nausea,  inflammatory bowel disease, fibromyalgia, insomnia, glaucoma, and even PMS, just to name a few. As for safety, there are no recorded deaths proving that cannabis can lead to fatality, and some have even dubbed it as the “safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”

As with anything else, and as Daedalus and Icarus have shown, the most important thing is moderation. The legal use of medical marijuana must always be overseen by a medical doctor, first of all because it is illegal to self-medicate and also because absolutely anything taken in excess can be dangerous for a person. Marijuana isn’t just about getting high anymore; it’s now a legitimate form of treatment, and while debates and legislation go on, no one can deny the great possibilities it offers.

Basic Facts about Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

With the legalization of medical marijuana in many states across the US, the question of where they may be legally available inevitably comes up. A medical marijuana dispensary is basically where the sale of the medical product is allowed, under certain conditions.

The first requirement is that you need to actually be suffering from ailments which may vary according to the listings by states that have legalized medicinal marijuana. Consult your doctor if medical cannabis is acceptable as part of the treatment for your condition, or check your state’s regulations on whether your diagnosis allows the use of the product.

Take note, though, that while there are several well-documented benefits to the medical use of cannabis, the risks of using this herbal medicine are still highly debated. Take extra precautions to make sure you are taking the remedy within the prescribed dosage for your condition. Also, avoid being charged with a federal offense by taking it only within the bounds and protection of the state’s laws.

Official studies on the numerous health benefits to using medicinal marijuana abound. For instance, cannabis is said to relieve asthma attacks, glaucoma, arthritis, and nausea. Its reputation as an effective pain analgesic is already well-known. Nevertheless, while the legal fabric surrounding its use is quite new, the medical community’s guard is up against potential abuses.

Legal Marijuana Dispensaries: Enabling Safe and Regulated Use of Medical Cannabis

Technology can be a boon or a bane, depending on how well you use it. Modern gadgets like computers help people perform their tasks faster. At the same time, however, a heavy dependence on machines may prove dangerous to a certain degree. One only has to look at rampant Internet and social media addiction among today’s generation to realize this danger.

Having said that, the ability to accomplish more tasks in less time and with a higher degree of accuracy is certainly not something to belittle. Certain innovations also enable better control over variables and leave little room for error or security breaches. Such benefits are essential to production and distribution, which must be as precise as possible.

Take, for example, the sale and use of cannabis, a medicinal herb that must be dispensed safely and securely for the benefit of patients. This drug is known to have varying degrees of efficacy for patients suffering from arthritis, chronic pain, epilepsy, glaucoma, ad even cancer. In certain states where the medical use of cannabis is permitted, patients may obtain this drug under prescription through accredited legal marijuana dispensaries.

These facilities are equipped with a special apparatus accessible only to authorized personnel that releases precise doses of marijuana for medical use. Notwithstanding its perceived dangers, technology can indeed be used to improve one’s quality of life.

Studying the Effects of Marijuana

Due to marijuana’s addictive properties and health risks, the drug, otherwise known as cannabis, has remained illegal in many states across the US. However, researchers from the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research have been testing different types and doses of marijuana and have found the drug to offer several medical benefits. But because of the issue of legality in some states, its use has been restricted to a few medical facilities. 

Critics of the drug’s widespread use essentially fear its addictive properties and the users’ predilection to abuse it, and thus lead to adverse personal and social consequences. Addiction to substances almost always dominate the lives of individuals, which takes a toll on their health as well as their relationship with the community. It’s an inimical slippery slope that very soon often entangles the underage members of society.

 

When the drug is abused, marijuana impairs focus and attention, and impedes the cognitive functions of its users. Long term effects also include respiratory problems, poor short-term recall, low sperm count for men, and irregular menstruation for women. 

Despite the health risks, many people support research on the drug because of its capabilities to alleviate debilitating nerve pain and slow down tumor growths. Marijuana is a muscle-relaxant so patients suffering from seizures, for instance, could inhale the drug’s vapors to help them calm down. 

The debate on its legalization still rages. Meanwhile, medical facilities have been granted legal use of the substance as long as it is controlled and secured.

The Medical Benefits and Legality of Marijuana

People titter whenever they hear the word “marijuana”. To many, it is associated with the addled things people high on drugs say or do. Compared to other illegal drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, the medical benefits of cannabis is inching ever closer to mainstream acceptance. Increasingly used by patients with terminal diseases, such as AIDS and cancer, medical marijuana alleviates nauseousness, lack of appetite, and pain, among others.

Federal law has, for years, made it illegal to possess, sell, give away, or grow marijuana for any purpose. However, to date, there are 18 states that have decriminalized or legalized marijuana use. Arizona and New Mexico allow patients with valid proof of residency to use a limited amount of marijuana that varies per state. Caregivers are also permitted to cultivate a controlled number of mature and immature cannabis.

Despite its legality in some states, some experts don’t recommend marijuana use because, as with any smoke intake, the substance can prove as harmful to the lungs as cigarette smoke. Smoking it with any regularity can also affect cognitive functions.

Those who champion cannabis, on the other hand, assert that it can relieve pain without the unwanted side effects of clinical dependence. It has become helpful as well in improving the appetite of patients who suffer from AIDS and cancer. In any case, whether it is used for recreational or medical purposes, avoid getting addicted to marijuana, unless you want to star in the latest viral video on youtube. 

The Age of Instant Coffee and Fast Foods: Where Anything Goes?

In our fast-paced modern society, where everyone always seems to be in a hurry, almost everything is obtained and consumed in an instant. People buy products which they can easily use and throw away—the faster, the better. Why spend time brewing coffee when you can have one in an instant? If you want fruit juices, you can have them either bottled or in tetra pack with no hassle. These days, you can even thank the Japanese for creating vending machines that churn out food and other consumer items in an instant by the drop of several coins or bills.

Even drugs like medical marijuana can be dispensed in similar ways for the convenience of patients. Medical marijuana has become legal in many states in the U.S., and numerous dispensaries, co-operatives, and wellness clinics exist to service the industry. However, to protect the public and ensure that federal and state guidelines are being followed, medical marijuana is not directly available to patients, and is administered under strict supervision by clinics and other establishments authorized to dispense the drugs.

Medical marijuana dispensaries keep the drugs safe in environmentally controlled conditions that can be securely monitored. Inventory is strictly monitored and all transactions are documented. Although authorized medical marijuana dispensaries also provides the same ease as vending machines and instant foods, there are many imposed legal restrictions that govern its use—and rightly so to prevent any abuse. 

How Medical Marijuana Benefits Different Patients

Marijuana—also known as cannabis and Mary Jane—has been used by various cultures since 2727 B.C. It has a long history of use as a recreational, religious, and medicinal drug, and in the form of medical marijuana, is used to treat various conditions. Though still illegal in many countries, the use of medical marijuana is now permitted by the U.S. Federal Government for the treatment of various disorders.

California was the first state in the United States to legalize the use of marijuana in 1996 through Prop 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. According to this Act, authorized patients and caregivers were given the right to possess and grow a legal amount of marijuana for personal medicinal use. Medical marijuana, when administered in prescribed dosages, can be consumed by vaporizing or smoking the dried buds, drinking and eating the extracts, or consuming capsules.

Medical marijuana has been used to treat patients suffering from chronic pain, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, Tourette’s syndrome, and those undergoing chemotherapy. Moreover, the consumption of medical marijuana has become big business in the United States, and numerous dispensaries, co-operatives, and wellness clinics can be found in different states. Medical dispensaries, however, have restrictions placed on them to promote safety. These dispensaries can only be found in restricted areas and the products are not directly accessible to the patients. By documenting every transaction and enforcing legal guidelines, patients are assured that the medical marijuana they receive is safe.  

From Hemp to High: Notes on the Uses of Cannabis

Cannabis, often referred to as “weed,” “pot,” and “marijuana,”, has typically been stereotyped as the drug of choice for stoners, hippies, rastafarians, and the like. However, there’s more to cannabis than the psychedelic high or out-of-this-world experiences. In fact, the plant does have more wholesome medicinal and practical uses.

The cannabis plant itself is used to make hemp, which can be refined to make oil, paper, rope, wax, and even fuel. Hemp is a durable fiber that can be interwoven with cotton, flax, or silk to produce strong textiles. Hemp seeds can be consumed as a food, or else serve as animal or bird feed.

Cannabis can also be consumed for its medicinal effects; studies have shown that the drug can act as an analgesic that helps treat ailments such as glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, brain and breast cancer, and asthma, among others. While the consumption of cannabis as a medicinal drug does have certain limitations to discourage recreational use, some U.S. state laws allow enough room for its uses in alternative treatments. Indeed, proper and responsible use of this herb has allowed many patients to enjoy some measure of pain relief and, correspondingly, a better quality of life as they seek recovery.

Rastaman Restoration: All About Medicinal Marijuana

In 2004, the United Nations reported that about 4 percent of the world’s adult population regularly use marijuana. Recent estimates from 2012 purport that up to 203 million consume marijuana annually. Cannabis is thus considered the most frequently consumed regulated (or prohibited) drug worldwide.

Cannabis has been used as a medicinal drug since ancient times, with the earliest records pointing to the Chinese as the first civilization to recognize the plant’s benefits. Today, cannabis enjoys limited legal use in several countries, with restrictions typically revolving around the amount that an individual could sell or possess at any given time. These restrictions are designed to prevent those who would use the drug solely for recreational purposes.

Only those afflicted with particular ailments (namely neurogenic pain, asthma, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, movement disorders, and so on) can purchase medicinal marijuana, and even then patients must possess a medical marijuana ID card. Typically, the county health department issues these cards, and only after the patient has fulfilled the necessary requirements. It should be noted that patients can only purchase cannabis from special dispensaries authorized by the state’s laws. Seen in this light, one can say that cannabis now has a valid medical application in modern times.