Medical Marijuana News Channel

Medical Marijuana News Channel

Friday, January 2, 2015

Medical marijuana debates continue

Light up or pop a pill? That is the question.

Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Yet it’s still a controversial topic in the U.S. Under federal law, only FDA approved medications can be prescribed; marijuana is not one of them. Still medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states, plus our nation’s capital. So is marijuana really medicine?

The CDC has no reports of marijuana-induced deaths, but every 19 minutes someone dies of a prescription overdose.

And get this; recent studies show opioid drugs used to relieve pain in cancer patients may stimulate the growth and spread of tumors.

However, experts from the UK say that the cannabis plant has been used to treat everything from cancer and glaucoma to Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

There are over 480 natural components found within the cannabis plant, of which 66 are classified as “cannabinoids.”

Advocates in Florida are fighting to legalize a strain, known as Charlotte’s Web, which is high in a non-hallucinogenic compound in cannabis. They say it can reduce and even eliminate seizures in children and is already available in Colorado.

Story Source: The above story is based on materials provided by WWSBMYSUNCOAST
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