There has always been a storm of controversy surrounding marijuana. It has been used for thousands of years for its healing and medicinal purposes. It was smoked by our founding fathers. Millions of people smoke it today despite the fact that only four states and the District of Columbia allow it for recreational use, and only 19 other states have legalized it for medicinal use. So, why is it so controversial? Let’s break down the pros and cons.
Pro: It is healthy!
Marijuana has amazing healing benefits. It can cure or alleviate symptoms for various diseases and ailments.
Marijuana is currently being researched for its ability to slow down the progression of debilitating diseases such as AIDS and Alzheimer’s. It can prevent blindness is glaucoma patients, cure migraines, and has even displayed the mind-blowing ability to slow the progression of cancer.
Marijuana has been proven to help people who suffer from seizures by reducing their frequency. There is currently a group of parents working to get medical marijuana legalized for their children who suffer from such seizures.
It helps ease chronic pain. It has changed the lives of people who struggle with excruciating pain every single day. It’s the difference between suffering at home, or going out and leading a happy, productive life.
It eases nausea and increases appetite. This is life changing for cancer patients, as it is known that nausea and loss of appetite are two main side effects of chemotherapy.
The relaxing properties in marijuana soothe individuals suffering with mental illness such as anxiety, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and depression.
Researchers are currently exploring how marijuana can be used to treat patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder). So far, studies have shown that cannabis oil is effective in relieving symptoms of the disease.
Some naysayers point out that marijuana is smoked, and therefore must carry the same risks that smoking cigarettes does. Not true! Multiple studies have proven that smoking pot does NOT cause lung cancer.
Pro: It can’t hurt you!
Marijuana has never been reported as causing a single death. NOT ONE. Marijuana is a substance you can enjoy without the worry of how it can hurt you. It is not addictive like many other medicines or drugs.
I still have to say, with all things you do in life- be smart. Do not use marijuana before driving, just like you would abstain from any other drug that may relax you.
Con? Not for marijuana!
There are products that you use every day that have the potential to hurt you. How often do you take ibuprofen or acetaminophen? Both of those products are sold in stores, are the popular “go-to” for pain relief, yet have killed thousands of people. You can overdose on both of those products.
Let’s move on to cigarettes. Cigarettes have been said to be just as addictive as heroin, cause countless deaths, and yet they are legal. Why not marijuana?
Alcohol is a legal drug. Many people enjoy alcohol and like all things, moderation is key when drinking it. However, there are many people who cannot drink alcohol in moderation. Alcohol can cause people to become violent and hurt others, to lose their inhibitions, and to do things they would never do sober. Sadly, many people have been injured or killed as the result of drinking and driving. Despite all of that, alcohol is and will remain legal, while legalizing marijuana is still a topic of debate in most places.
Marijuana is currently classified as a controlled substance by the government. The government also considers cocaine, crack, heroin and meth to be controlled illegal substances. Everyone knows how dangerous those drugs are, and it makes sense that they are illegal. However, marijuana is not dangerous!
Four states and our nation’s capital have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Nineteen more states have made the very smart decision to legalize the drug for medical use. Bravo to those twenty three states and Washington, D.C. for taking the step to do what is right!
Pro: It is Versatile!
There are many different ways marijuana can be ingested to reap the benefits of everything it has to offer. Very few products or natural substances are as completely versatile as the cannabis plant.
Smoking is by far the most common way that people enjoy marijuana. Marijuana buds are broken up and either smoked in a pipe or rolled in cigarette papers. Smoking is definitely a quick way to reap the benefits associated with the plant.
Rubs and Balms-
Pain cream can be created using the plant. A creamy balm or salve is made for the patient to rub directly onto the area in which they are experiencing pain for nearly immediate relief.
Edibles are consumed orally, and are typically baked goods made with butter or oil infused with THC. Some people may not care for the infused butter because it has a very strong flavor. However, there is a solution for that- chocolate! Chocolate cake, chocolate cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies are all great choices for getting the best taste possible. Many dispensaries and delivery services have an entire menu of edibles to choose from. Edibles are a great option for patients to benefit from marijuana without smoking.
You can also recieve the benefits of marijuana by using a vaporizer. Even though medical marijuana will help give people an appetite who have lost it to illness; they may still prefer not to eat it. If the patient also does not want to smoke then they can simply breathe the cannabis in. There is a way for everyone to enjoy the product. That is why versatility is such a pro of marijuana!
Con? Only if you are boring!
There must be some people in this world that do not like helpful products or different ways for everyone to use them. If that’s the case, they may see a con with marijuana. For the rest of us, there are so many pros to marijuana!
Pro: It is good for the economy!
Anyone living in smart twenty three states and Washington, D.C., where recreational and or medical marijuana are legal, already knows what a boom the sales are to the economy. Making more money is always on the pro side of the list!
Let’s start with taxes. The state can make money off the sales of marijuana by taxing. That means more money available to fund programs, which means more opportunities for state residents. Pro? Yes, definitely!
What about all the businesses that are being created? There are so many ways to make money when you live in a state where marijuana has been legalized. You can open a dispensary or a delivery service. You can grow the product! For those of you who like to cook, making edibles is a new career opportunity. Money in your pocket? Yes, that is a pro of marijuana!
Growth of small businesses leads to growth of the economy. Those new business owners and their employees now have money to spend! They will spend it at grocery stores, gas stations and toy stores. That is the way the economy turns around.
Con? Only if you hate money!
Have you ever heard someone say, “I wish I had less money”? I don’t think so. This country runs on money. Marijuana is an economic pro and not a con. The list of ways that marijuana can make money is almost endless!
To sum it all up, there are all pros and no cons to marijuana. There aren’t many products, especially medicines, in the world today that have all pros and no cons.
If you live in a state that has legalized marijuana, that is wonderful! If you don’t, you have some work to do. Spread the word about all of the pros to using marijuana. Tell people all about the benefits that medical cannabis has to offer any patient suffering from any condition. The most important thing you can do is follow the local political scene in your state.