Marijuana as a Medicine

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Have your ever had a headache and no matter how many Tylenol or Asprin you took you could not get rid of it? Or have you ever been prescribed pain killers that simply knock you out? Do conventional medicines just not work for any of your symptoms? There may be an answer to your needs, although very controversial now marijuana may be the medicine of the future.

When used correctly, marijuana can be an excellent source of relief for many diseases and illnesses and can also be used to improve the economy, therefore it should be legalized. Marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. No one has ever died from an overdose, and it has a large variety of therapeutic uses. When conventional medications fail or cause more harm, marijuana can be used. Such cases include AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic pain, arthritis, migraine headaches, and depression.

Marijuana can reduce nausea, vomitin, and loss of appetite caused by AIDS and many of the medications for the disease. Marijuana is useful in glaucoma by reducing intraocular pressure, whicn eases the pain and, sometimes stops the progress of the condition. Marijuana is used in cancer patients to stimulate the appetite and ease nausea and vomiting, which are common side affects of chemotherapy. Marijuana can limit muscle pain and relieve tremors caused by the leading cause of neurological disability, multiple sclerosis. Marijuana can prevent epileptic seizures caused by epilepsy, and relieve chronic pain caused by disorders and injuries. Marijuana can relieve arthritis pain, and pain from migraine headaches. It has also been used as an antidepressant and is very effective. People suffering from any of the illnesses mentioned above for when the legal medical treatments have proven unsafe or ineffective have two options: continue to suffer from...