The debate on the legalization of medical cannabis continues to rage in many parts of the world. More states in the U.S. are considering the example of Colorado and others who have chosen to allow the distribution of marijuana for medical purposes.
There are serious considerations for medical cannabis for cities like Tulsa because there are a number of conditions that can supposedly be treated using marijuana. Here are some of the strong arguments from the proponents of legalization.
Medical marijuana can actually help improve the patient’s quality of life. According to the Public Health Association, the percentage of opioid-related deaths were reduced by 6.5%. That bucked a long period of 14 years, which saw a continuous rise in the statistics. That said, it was concluded that cannabis could be a legitimate, safer alternative to opioid-based pain-relieving drugs.
There were also clinical studies conducted by GW Pharmaceuticals with its lead drug, Epidiolex, which is an oral cannabidiol-based preparation. Cannabidiol is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis. The study reached its primary endpoint to show a statistically noticeable reduction in the frequency of seizures for two types of childhood-onset epilepsy, which are the Dravet syndrome and the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. The study by GW Pharmaceuticals noted that the reduction of drug-related seizures for Dravet was almost 39%.
Positive Effects on Diseases
When cannabis is legalized, there would be more studies conducted, but even before that, there are conditions that Cannabidiol can help treat, based on peer-reviewed articles and medical journals.
Studying 10 HIV-positive marijuana smokers, scientists cited that these subjects ate and slept better with generally a lighter mood. There was also less neuropathic pain among marijuana users.
Medical marijuana was used to help Alzheimer’s patients gain weight. Further research found that it also reduced the agitated behavior for the patients. There were some studies that discovered that cannabidiol slowed the growth of protein deposits in the brain—which is suspected by scientists to be one of the possible causes of what causes Alzheimer’s disease.
In a study, there were 58 patients who took marijuana derivatives and reported less arthritis pain and more sound sleep. It is also possible that marijuana can treat inflammation.
In certain animal studies conducted, it showed that marijuana extracts could kill certain cancer cells. In studies with mice, marijuana also prevented cancer growth and nausea, which is a side effect of chemotherapy treatments.
Cannabinoids have yielded a “substantial analgesic effect” in humans and small animals. These were used in the 1800s for pain relief and drugs like Sativex, which is also based on cannabis, was approved in Canada. People widely used them for pain relief in the 1800s. Some medicines based on cannabis are being tested on patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. Sativex, for example, is already approved in Canada and some European countries.
As long as Cannabis is banned, many patients who suffer from these conditions will be deprived of possible relief that existing medicines could not offer. Countries and states that have already approved marijuana use for medical purposes have also provided mostly positive feedback.