Medical marijuana use gets routinely overshadowed by the cannabis stigmas of today, but it remains extremely vital to the pro green fight. To think, we could live in a world where marijuana is just as commonly used as aspirin and no one would bat an eye – there’s just not enough people familiar with the plant from a medical standpoint.
Cancer is a horrible disease that people far and wide must endure; a disease that people fight and suffer through to cling on to life. Cannabis should be given any and every green light to be either prescribed as medicine and/or examined more so on a serious, research funded basis in terms of oncology treatment. Why? Because marijuana has already been proven to reduce symptoms of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in patients with cancer who fail to sufficiently respond to routine anti-emetic therapy (1). Now, if we’ve already made a case here for cannabis being used positively to help individuals fight the good fight – why not see what else it can do, medically?
Another advocated, medical use for marijuana has been with the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients to help improve the appetite of people with AIDS, facilitate weight gain and boost mood. A study involving HIV/AIDS patients ranging from 21 to 84 days showed that patients using marijuana for treatment were likely to gain 2kg or more in body weight and reported a weight loss of 0.4kg in the placebo (non-user) group (2). To be completely fair here, a lot of the studies done for HIV/AIDS pro marijuana treatment have been short term in observations thus not certifiably accessed from all angles. With that being said, results remain substantial enough to raise some proactive efforts to continue looking at cannabis as a possible option for managing HIV/AIDS symptoms.
These are just a few of the many instances medical marijuana has proven and/or at least made a solid case for, in terms of legitimate use in a doctor’s office, hospital etc. If cannabis was perpetually looked at from a medical outlook 1st then recreational; we believe people would start realizing that legalizing marijuana goes far beyond the teens hotboxing a 2017 Jeep Wrangler on the way to the beach. The green wave is going to continue to move progressively regardless of who’s against it – you can’t silence real, positive change in the world.
We are in no way, shape or form encouraging any individuals to use this article to attempt to or validate self-medication. We strongly recommend everyone seek medical attention and consult with a medical professional prior to any type of treatment.
1.) A review of oral cannabinoids and medical marijuana for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: a focus on pharmacokinetic variability and pharmacodynamics. Melissa E. Badowski. Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology September 2017, Volume 80, Issue 3, pp 441–449. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00280-017-3387-5
2.) The medical use of cannabis for reducing morbidity and mortality in patients with HIV/AIDS. Elizabeth E Lutge, Andy Gray, Nandi Siegfried. Cochrane Systematic Review – Intervention Version published: 30 April 2013. https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD005175.pub3/abstractcontent by a1 cannabis Club