Medical Marijuana Pros And Cons

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Cannabis, or Marijuana is a psychoactive drug and the most commonly used illegal drug in the world. The word psychoactive refers substances that change brain function resulting in changes of mood and perception. Some argue that this aspect of Marijuana can be used medicinally to treat a whole host of conditions, whilst others argue that it is an illegal substance for a reason. In this video I’ve put the arguments for and against Medical Marijuana into 3 groups, arguments about it ability to reduce the symptoms of certain medical conditions, the health risks associating with smoking Marijuana, as well as arguments about its addictiveness/whether it is a gateway drug.

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Proponents of legalising marijuana on medical grounds argue that it provides effective pain relief for those with chronic pain, as well as reducing the muscle spasms associated with conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Epilepsy. Proponents reference multiple peer reviewed surveys by medical practitioners, as well as the accounts of users of the drug. Marijuana’s ability to increase appetite is also emphasised as this helps out people who experience nausea and vomiting from conditions such as HIV/AIDS as well as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.

Opponents of marijuana being legalised on medical grounds argue that there is no such thing as medical marijuana, because the drugs health risks outweigh its any supposed benefits, as well as the fact that there are plenty of other legal options available. Opponents also argue that marijuana results in psychosis and apathy, and that as a smoked substance it is an irritant to the throat and lungs and reduces the respiratory immune system. Proponents respond by arguing that marijuana is nowhere near as dangerous tobacco, a legal substance and that there are no cases of lung cancer or other lung diseases being attributed to marijuana use.

The final group of arguments relating to medical marijuana use relates to its addictiveness.
Opponents of Medical marijuana legalisation argue that marijuana is a highly addictive substance, its addictiveness increasing the younger consumption starts. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2.7 million people in the USA are dependant on marijuana, that is to say that they experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug. Furthermore opponents argue that Marijuana use is correlated with cigarette smoking, as well as the consumption of other, illegal drugs such as Cocaine and Amphetamines, making it a ‘gateway drug’. Proponents of medical marijuana legalisation argue that for the vast majority of people marijuana is neither addictive nor a gateway drug. Whilst conceding that some people who smoke Marijuana also take other illegal substances, proponents argue that this is due to the illegal market on which Marijuana is sold and that legalisation would do away with this aspect.

In conclusion the legalisation of medical marijuana is favoured by those who point to its health benefits for sufferers of a whole host of medical conditions. Opponents argue that the health risks involved in smoking marijuana as well as it being a gateway drug trump any possible benefits, underlining that this is why it remains an illegal substance. Proponents argue that the evidence for these health risks or it being a gateway drug has not been corroborated. That’s the Medical Marijuana Debate.

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