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The Truth About Medical Marijuana

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Medical Marijuana and its benefits are one of the most controversial topics today.  Marijuana itself has proven to be one of the most popular recreational drugs for decades.  Marijuana comes from the Cannabis plant, containing  483 known compounds including over 100 cannabinoids. The main psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical component that is most responsible for the mind-altering effect that has made this drug so infamous.  Today, more and more people are using the substance.   According to drugfreeworld.org, “over 94 million people in the US have admitted using it at least once.”

Moreover, domestic Marijuana production has increased tenfold over the last twenty-five years according to U.S. Government estimates. (drugfreeworld.org) Marijuana usage is widespread among both adolescents and adults.  In addition, marijuana-related emergencies have increased as well.  The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), estimated that in 2011, there were nearly 456,000 drug-related emergency department visits in the United States in which marijuana use was mentioned in the medical record.  (drugabuse.gov)

With all of the risks associated with illegal Marijuana use, many people still believe in the positive applications of using the drug in regulated amounts.  Are there medically accepted applications for Marijuana usage today, and what are the benefits?

 

Medical Benefits

Are there positive applications for Medical Marijuana usage?  Many believe so.  In fact, more and more states in the United States today have been approving the use of Medical Marijuana to help relieve.  According to ncsl.org, the Institue of Medicine reports:

Scientific data indicate the potential therapeutic value of cannabinoid drugs, primarily THC, for pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation; smoked marijuana, however, is a crude THC delivery system that also delivers harmful substances.

Today, Medical Marijuana is used to treat many different kinds of conditions like Chron’s Disease, Epilepsy, and different forms of cancer.  Doctor’s are even using Medical Marijuana treatments to help mental health conditions like schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder

Interestingly, it’s the Cannabinoids (THC and CBD) that are contained within Marijuana that research has suggested could help reduce anxiety, nausea, and inflammation.  The Cannabinoids act similarly to the chemicals the body produces that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain. (webmd.com)

The two Cannabinoids in Marijuana are the components that are the subject of further study as researchers continue to find practical medical applications in using this drug. Drugabuse.gov reports:

THC – Tetrahydrocannabinol can increase appetite and reduce nausea. THC may also decrease pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), and muscle control problems.

CBD – May be useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and possibly even treating mental illness and addictions.

See also: “Can Marijuana Lead Non-Smokers to Cigarettes?”

Does Medical Marijuana Work?

Many individuals, including public officials, have been skeptical as to the measurable positive effects associated with Medical Marijuana use.  A new report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released scientific research regarding the health impacts of Cannabis and Cannabis-related products.  Part of the report included:

Therapeutic Effects – One of the therapeutic uses of cannabis and cannabinoids is to treat chronic pain in adults.  The committee found evidence to support that patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids were more likely to experience a significant reduction in pain symptoms.  For adults with multiple sclerosis-related muscle spasms, there was substantial evidence that short-term use of certain “oral cannabinoids” – man-made, cannabinoid-based medications that are orally ingested – improved their reported symptoms.  Furthermore, in adults with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, there was conclusive evidence that certain oral cannabinoids were effective in preventing and treating those ailments.

The report also included serious health risks and complications associated with Cannabis use.  The report concludes:

Respiratory Disease – The evidence reviewed by the committee suggests that smoking cannabis on a regular basis is associated with more frequent chronic bronchitis episodes and worse respiratory symptoms, such as chronic cough and phlegm production, but quitting cannabis smoking is likely to reduce these conditions.  The committee stated that it is unclear whether cannabis use is associated with certain respiratory diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, or worsened lung function.

Cancer – Regarding the link between marijuana and cancer, the committee found evidence that suggests smoking cannabis does not increase the risk for cancers often associated with tobacco use – such as lung and head and neck cancers.  The committee also found limited evidence that cannabis use is associated with one sub-type of testicular cancer and insufficient evidence that cannabis use by a mother or father during pregnancy leads to a greater risk of cancers in the child.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine further write the research-based findings on Cannabis use and it’s health risks.  The full report is published online and can be viewed HERE

Is Medical Marijuana Legal?

At the time this article is written, Medical marijuana is currently legal in 33 U.S. states and in the District of Columbia: States that allow restricted use of medical marijuana include: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Even in states where Medical Marijuana is legal, it is still a federal crime to possess, buy, or sell marijuana.  According to criminaldefenselawyer.com:

  Federal drug laws classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug. A first possession offense—of any measurable amount—carries misdemeanor penalties of imprisonment for up to one year and a minimum $1,000 fine. The penalty increases to a felony for a second possession offense. If someone possesses marijuana in order to sell it or for other criminal reasons, the penalties become much harsher—including possible mandatory prison time and forfeiture of property or money.

Still, many today feel very strongly about the legalization of Marijuana.  Some believe that the legalization aspect may actually reduce the crimes associated with illegal Marijuana use.  Others believe that the legalization of Marijuana may be good for the economy, bringing in revenue as well as creating countless jobs. Drugpolicy.org brings out many of the key points considered among those who wish to fully legalize the use of Marijuana.

Reduce harm
The criminalization of marijuana use disproportionately harms young people and people of color, sponsors massive levels of violence and corruption, and fails to curb youth access.

Create jobs
Legalizing and regulating marijuana will bring one of the nation’s largest cash crops under the rule of law. This will create jobs and economic opportunities in the formal economy instead of the illicit market.

Save money
Scarce law enforcement resources will be better used to ensure public safety while reducing corrections and court costs. State and local governments would acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from regulating marijuana sales.

Promote consumer safety
Marijuana product testing is becoming a standard requirement for legalized marijuana markets. This means consumers are better informed about the marijuana they use.

More Research is Needed

As it stands today, more research still needs to be conducted with regards to new applications to Medical Marijuana use.  In fact, more and more studies are showing different applications for Medical Marijuana.  A recent study on mice revealed positive impacts that may help treat Alzheimer’s patients, among others.

As mentioned, Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug, bringing possession charges as well as penalties that may include a hefty fine as well as prison time.  Not only that, but many employers are still continuing to take marijuana use into consideration when recruiting new hires.

Individuals that work in public safety, transportation or manufacturing industries are screened for drug use, including Marijuana.  Today, most major Drug Tests, whether they are Urine Drug Tests or Oral Swab Drug tests detect THC among other frequently abused substances.

How Long Does Marijuana Stay in the Body?

Medicalnewstoday.com reports

  • Urine tests can detect marijuana in the urine for approximately 3–30 days after use.

  • Saliva tests can detect marijuana for approximately 24 hours after use. Some saliva tests have detected marijuana for up to 72 hours.

  • Hair tests are the most sensitive tests, detecting THC for up to 90 days after use. However, these tests are testing the oil in skin that transfers to hair, and so they may occasionally show a false positive. A person who comes into contact with a THC user could, theoretically, test positive on a hair test.

  • Blood tests can only detect THC for 3–4 hours.

    See Also: “How Long Do Drugs and Alcohol Stay in Your System?”

Can I Purchase a Drug Test to Detect THC in Urine?

12 Panel Now offers Drug Tests in Bulk, or for single use. If you are concerned about how you or someone will fare on a Marijuana Drug Test, it’s a fairly easy process taking only a few minutes.  Our Single Use 12 Panel Urine Drug Test tests for 12 commonly abused drugs including THC.

Drug Testing Cups: After the donor seals the urine in the leak-proof container, it is then handed off to the evaluator.  What makes the process streamlined is that the strips used to indicate the test results are sealed within the container.  For hygiene reasons, this is ideal. When it is time to view the marijuana drug test results, the evaluator simply peels away the outside label revealing the test strips with each individual result.

The test results within the Marijuana Drug Test will show results within a few minutes.  Results should be evaluated within 5-8 minutes. Results should not be evaluated after 1o minutes.

The 12 Panel Drug Testing Kits are designed to detect 12 of the most abused and commonly used drugs. However, depending on your needs, you can purchase other kits that test for different drugs.  For instance, the 13 Panel Drug Testing Cup includes all the same drugs tested within a 12 Panel Drug Test with the addition of the drug Fentanyl (FYL).  There are also variants of the typical 12 Panel Drug Test that include drugs like phencyclidine, or PCP.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our product or wish to place an order, feel free to call us at (888) 936-6627

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