The use of cannabis as a form of medicine and treatment has been a widely-debated topic across the world for many years. This issue creates hugely different opinions and is always provides a heated argument – On one side, there are those who see the benefits of medical cannabis and the implications it can have as a form of treatment. Alternatively, on the other side, there are those who feel that cannabis is simply a drug and should not be used in any capacity at all. On the “for” side of the use of medical cannabis, there are organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences who are performing extensive research about the benefits of the medicinal use of cannabis. Recently, this institution released a landmark report detailing how cannabis can be used as a medicine.
What does this publication include and mean for the use of medical cannabis?
This extensive, detailed and conclusive report contained a plethora of information and facts showing how cannabis is beneficial in certain medical situations. Main points of the report included the benefits of cannabis or cannabinoids (an oral form of cannabis that is ingested as opposed to being smoked) as a form of pain relief and therapy. Research has shown that cannabis can greatly help to treat chronic pain and in such conditions as multiple sclerosis and muscle spasms can work as a pain reducer. Furthermore, studies also displayed that cannabis can help to reduce the effects of chronic vomiting and nausea as a result of chemotherapy.
The National Academy of Sciences also detailed how the medical cannabis program and distribution could be improved and monitored which would only prove beneficial. This would mean a greater amount of control and regulation to ensure that patients are receiving the treatment they need and have access to medical cannabis if required.
What opposition is there to the use of medical cannabis?
On the flip side, many people as mentioned are totally opposed to the use of medical cannabis. These people will simply be opposed to it because it is classified as a drug. They might not even have any comprehension of the use of medical cannabis or how it can help people suffering from chronic conditions. They might simply think that cannabis is used recreationally and the people who do so have no restraint or self-control. This report may help to change opinions and make the naysayers see that cannabis has a use in today’s society.
What does this report mean for the use of medical cannabis?
Due to the authority and conclusiveness of this report, it should help to turn people’s opinion on the use of medical cannabis. The report contains a great deal of factual evidence that cannot be ignored and is formed in an informative an unbiased way. It clearly states that cannabis can be detrimental when used excessively or without any self-control, but it also explicitly states how it can be extremely beneficial when used in a medical capacity. More than fifty percent of US states already have medical marijuana laws in place and this report could influence additional legislation in the future.
Scientific reports always serve to reinforce opinions and change the views of those who require convincing. There is no better evidence than hard scientific facts that are backed with research, studies and actual real-life results. This reported compiled by the National Academy of Sciences could be a true game changer – It could pave the way for future research and for a change in laws or even a change in classification of the drug.