66% of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization
Medical cannabis now is legal in 30 US states, most of which allow limited use of medical marijuana under certain medical conditions. 66% of Americans support marijuana legalization.
Cannabis has a long history as a natural analgesic.
Medicinal properties of marijuana
The medicinal properties of marijuana are primarily due to high amounts (about 10 to 20 percent) of cannabidiol (CBD), terpenes and flavonoids.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a psychoactive component of marijuana.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) makes you feel “stoned”, but it also has valuable medical benefits, so depending on your problem, you may want higher or lower levels of THC. Cannabinoids interact with your body through natural cannabinoid receptors embedded in the cell membranes in your body.
There are cannabinoid receptors in your lungs, brain, kidneys, liver, immune system and more. Both therapeutic and psychoactive properties of marijuana occur when cannabinoids activate these cannabinoid receptors.
Doctors working with medical cannabis. They use it to treat cancer-related side effects, and the evidence suggests that the plant could have antitumor effects alone. With dozens of studies suggesting the effectiveness of marijuana against many different types of cancer, including brain cancer, breast, prostate, lung, thyroid, colon, and pituitary, melanoma and leukemia.
It combats cancer with at least two mechanisms that make it more difficult for cancer growth and spread: Proapoptotic (which means activating apoptosis or cellular suicide of cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched) and Antiangiogenic (which means interrupting blood flow to the tumor).
Cannabis and marijuana plants are in the same family but different in THC content. While marijuana plants contain different amounts of THC, hemp contains very little or no of this psychoactive ingredient.
Marijuana not only controls the pain well, but in many cases, it is better than the pharmaceutical alternatives. When cannabis is inhaled, smoked or evaporated, its effects are quick and short-lived. Oral, it is most unpredictable and postponed. When consumed, it may take up to two hours to be administered, but if it is dosed appropriately, dosage may be achieved once a day with medication.
In comparison with opioids and many other drugs, cannabis is also far safer. Cannabidiol has no toxicity and it is almost impossible to die from marijuana. It is also self-limiting, as over-doses of THC will cause anxiety, paranoia, and nausea. Such side effects will disappear when the drug is dispersed from your system without permanent damage, but you will twice consider re-taking such a high dose.