Medical marijuana

Essay by adam gershowHigh School, 12th gradeF, January 1997

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About Medical Marijuana:

Marijuana is medicine. It has been used for thousands of years to treat a

wide variety of ailments. Marijuana (Cannabis sativa L.) was legal in the

United States for all purposes - industrial and recreational, as well as

medicinal until 1937.

Today, only eight Americans are legally allowed to use marijuana as medicine.

NORML is working to restore marijuana's availability as medicine. Medicinal

Value Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically

active substances known. No one has ever died from an overdose. It is also

extremely versatile.

Four of its general therapeutic applications include: relief from nausea and

increase of appetite; reduction of intraocular ('within the eye') pressure;

reduction of muscle spasms; relief from mild to moderate chronic pain.

Marijuana is often useful in the treatment of the following conditions:

Cancer: Marijuana alleviates the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite

caused by chemotherapy treatment.

AIDS: Marijuana alleviates the nausea,

vomiting, and loss of appetite caused by the disease itself and by treatment

with AZT and other drugs.

Glaucoma: Marijuana, by reducing intraocular pressure, alleviates the

pain and slows or halts the progress of the disease. Glaucoma, which damages

vision by gradually increasing eye pressure over time, is the leading cause of

blindness in the United States.

Multiple Sclerosis: Marijuana reduces the muscle pain and spasticity caused

by the disease. It may also relieve tremor and unsteadiness of gait, and it

helps some patients with bladder control. Multiple sclerosis is the leading

cause of neurological disability among young and middle-aged adults in the

United States.

Epilepsy: Marijuana prevents epileptic seizures in some patients.

Chronic Pain: Marijuana reduces the chronic, often debilitating pain caused

by a variety of injuries and disorders.

Each of these uses has been recognized as legitimate at least once...