With states around the country continuing to back the use and legalization of medical marijuana, we are seeing a movement that is now gaining momentum; with the majority of the US public largely in favour of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The medical purposes have swayed over 85% of Americans; with over 3/5 now completely in support of the use of medical marijuana on a recreational basis.
We are seeing a real push towards the complete nationwide legalization of marijuana. Potentially, could it be a future where doctors across the country will back the genuine medical benefits of cannabis?
A large amount of research is now going into the use of medical marijuana in surgical procedures
Research has proven that there are two active chemicals in marijuana have medical applications. The THC in marijuana contains pain relieving properties and is also responsible for the high you get off smoking weed. Also, cannabidiol (CBD) impacts the brain without any high.
Scientists are looking to get to the bottom of the other chemical compounds in weed strains. This will help us find out whether the other 400+ have any other scientific and medical benefits. Not only is the research required but it will point out the possible downsides and health risks.
Cannabis works as one of the best solutions for people suffering from chronic back pain. This is the most common use is for when patients order medical marijuana in the US. There is also strong evidence that medical marijuana aids with the support of muscle spasms. This is down to its relaxing properties. There is evidence suggesting that it works more effectively than any prescribed medication.
Will we see a cure for blindness in the future?
Glaucoma is a disease that increases pressure around the eyeball and damages the optic nerve. It can ultimately lead to blindness but one of the most common reasons states allow the use of medical marijuana is down to the relaxation properties; the compounds decrease the pressure within the eye. There is still quite a lack of evidence, with money still being invested in the research.
Is it a myth that medical marijuana affects breathing?
Nothing suggests that smoking marijuana has anything to do with lung damage unless you are smoking tobacco. There are some studies suggesting that it may even increase lung capacity; another direction researchers are looking into to see whether it may have any benefits to tackle lung disease. A study was carried out to monitor people that smoke marijuana using tobacco as a burning agent, comparing people that smoked to people that used a herbal mix instead. It showed a considerable difference in terms of damage to the lungs, which would suggest that it could have potential healing properties.
The movement for complete legalisation of marijuana in North America is still in its infancy; however, the signs are good and it is definitely moving in the right direction in terms of research and the healing properties it seems to possess. With the money being heavily invested, it will be interesting to see how this entire industry grows over the next few years.