Why Is Medical Marijuana Safe
The best explanation is how Marijuana acts in our bodies. Scientists have discovered that marijuana’s active ingredients, the cannabinoids, works on a signaling system in our bodies known as he endogenous cannabinoid, or endocannabinoid system. Receptor cells for this system are concentrated in many parts of the brain and body but are relatively lacking in the brainstem, which controls vital functions such as our breathing and heartbeat. Therefore, using medical marijuana as an alternative medical treatment even in strong doses will not endanger life.
The Trend For Medical Marijuana
Surveys indicate the U.S. patient population using medical marijuana could be over 3,000,000 (3 million). To date thousands of physicians are now recommending treatment of medical marijuana under the state medical laws. Current trends for purchasing, has grown into hundreds of patient’s co-ops and storefront cannabis dispensaries open for business with supplies available for patients. It’s no different than going down to the local pharmacy for prescription drugs; the key is to have a prescription in hand.
Not included in the user population statistic are unregistered patients who currently use marijuana for alternative treatment and who wish to be private. To date people who are using medical marijuana are ostracized or thought of as a drug users or POT HEADS. We haven’t completely turned the corner to fully accept medical marijuana as natural alternative medicine treatments; there are still roadblocks to conquer.
In 1988 The DEA’s (Drug Enforcement Administration) own administrative Judge Francis Young wrote a recommendation for legalization,
“Marijuana, in its natural form,is one of the safest therapeutically active substances know to mankind.”
What Does Medical Marijuana Do
Our bodies are set up with a natural cannabinod receptor system and hippocampus affects the higher brain system. Using medical marijuana produces medicinal benefits for affecting perception of pain, moods, hunger, and muscle control.
Melissa Ethridge – “[T]here’s the drug you take for the pain. But it constipates you. So you have to take the constipation drug. But then that actually gives you diarrhea. So you need a little diarrhea. Instead of taking five or 6 of the prescriptions, I decided to go a natural route and smoke marijuana. “Medicinal marijuana-absolutely; every doctor I talked to…said that’s the best thing to do…from the surgeons to the oncologist to the radiation. Every single one was, “Oh, yeah. That’s the best help for the effects of chemotherapy.” **
To Learn More About Medicinal Marijuana, Treatments…
The author’s are Dale Gieringer, Ph.D., Ed Rosenthat, Gregory T. Carter, M.D. Here’s to good information, a good read, and too better journey to health and wellness.
**pg 57, Marijuana Medical Handbook