In the United States, a majority of Americans assume that marijuana is bad and should remain illegal. However, these people do not consider the other type of marijuana: medical marijuana and that it can be beneficial to people with different conditions and disease’s such as Dravet syndrome, HIV, or cancer because it can diminish symptoms and side effects. There have been research and cases that demonstrate that medical marijuana, if administrated correctly and under strict guidance of a doctor, can actually improve and ameliorate a patient’s condition. There also have been debates for and against the legalization of medical marijuana around the United States because of certain political, economic and social factors that would either be beneficial or not beneficial to our economy. Marijuana should be legal only for medical purposes and under certain restrictions and guidelines so that children and adults with diseases and conditions such as Dravet syndrome, multiple sclerosis, or arthritis can live without the painful effects of their diseases and conditions but also give our economy a boost that is needed.
One example of a condition that marijuana can help a patient is Dravet syndrome, a rare type of epilepsy that begins in infancy and causing seizures everyday via by either a fever or illness, or other unknown causes. An example of a case of a child having Dravet syndrome is Northeast Ohio native Jordan Lyles,. She started having seizures at six months old and continued to be undiagnosed for ten and a half years. Because of the medication that Jordan was on after being diagnosed, she developed the cognitive level of a first grader. “Her mother Paula Lyles said a lifetime of seizures and medication that sometimes did more harm than good have robbed her daughter of a normal life”(Lee Jordan). Because of this Jordan’s mother made the decision to move to Colorado to obtain cannabidiol marijuana to treat her daughter’s rare fo...
Dr. Ester Fride strongly recommends the use of cannabinoids in pediatric medicine. She notes that “excellent clinical results” have been reported in pediatric oncology and in case studies of children with severe neurological diseases or brain trauma , and suggests that cannabis-derived medicines could also play a role in the treatment of other childhood syndromes, including the pain and gastrointestinal inflammation associated with cystic fibrosis.
There are three different kinds of Cerebral Palsy, spastic, athetoid, and ataxic. All of the types have something to do with coordination, muscle control and fine motor skills. There are worse cases than others that effect important functions and everyday tasks such as breathing, eating and learning. Cerebral Palsy is an incurable disability and doesn’t get better or worse. “Cerebral palsy is one of the most common congenital (existing before birth or at birth) disorders of childhood. About 500,000 children and adults of all ages in the United States have the condition” (“Cerebral Palsy” 1). Because it is incurable and so many people have it, there are many medicines to cope with the pain and spasms. Although, most of them are narcotics and have horrible side effects. These drugs help some patients, but others seek a natural and safer alternative, Cannabis. Not only do some of these prescribed medications have detrimental side effects, they also are extremely addictive and lead to many deaths. “In 2008, the most recent year for which there are statistics, there were 20,044 overdose deaths from prescription drugs. Of those, 14,800 were from narcotic painkillers” (Roberts 1). What makes Cannabis so much safer is the fact that its nearly impossible to overdose. In fact, there are 0 recorded deaths in US history by from marijuana (Stevens 1). Another common misconception about marijuana is that marijuana is a gateway drug and will lead users into stronger and more dangerous drugs such as heroin. The theory was laid to rest in a study conducted in 2006. “More than 100 million Americans have tried marijuana; 14. 4 million Americans are estimated to be “past-month” users. Yet there are only an estimated 2,075,000 “past-month” users of cocaine and 153,000 “past-month” users of heroin” (Morgan 1). The study clearly proves that there is a huge difference is “past month” marijuana users and “past month” cocaine and heroin users. Another advantage for medical marijuana patients is the dramatically decrease in cost for medication. A Consumer Report states that in 2007, “Prices for prescription drugs are skyrocketing. In 2007, Americans spent $287 billion on prescription drugs, about five times as much as in 1993, according to Consumer Reports” (Cohen 1). While on the other hand in Megan’s case, her and her family might be spending hundreds of dollars a month on prescription drugs that they don’t really need. Related posts:
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Or: grow your own. It’s called weed because it grows like a weed. Water, sun, a bit of horse manure, and you’re a pot farmer. If you can smoke four small plants’ worth of pot in a year you might consider cutting back. No distributors, no Brinks trucks, no grow lights. And no value. It’s free.