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Benefits and Risks of Medical Marijuana

In a special report by NPR, top scientists weighed in on the pros and cons of instituting medical marijuana as a go-to solution for a variety of health issues. The 337-page document addressed a number of issues but concluded that more “rigorous” research on it as an accepted medical tool is needed.

I’m not sure how much more research these scientists believe needs to get done, but increasingly, evidence already in existence suggests medical marijuana is an effective agent for a number of health issues, including pain relief. Most definitely, medical cannabis has far fewer side effects and risks compared to prescription opioids.

The term medical marijuana refers to the use of the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant and its pure extracts to treat a disease or improve a symptom. Marijuana’s incredible healing properties come from its high cannabidiol (CBD) content, critical levels of medical terpenes, flavonoids, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Medical marijuana has shown positive effects in treating mood disorders, degenerative neurological disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and seizures. The problem with getting cannabis off the Schedule I list and legally into your hands, though, is that it’s a competitor to the drug industry, which is fighting vociferously to deny you your right to choose medical cannabis over pharmaceutical products.

In states where medical marijuana is legal, you can join a collective, or a legal entity consisting of a group of patients that can grow and share cannabis medicines with each other. By signing up as a member, you gain the right to grow and share your medicine.