Subscribe to Dr. Mercola's Natural Health Newsletter
Hide this
 

Medical Marijuana Laws in 2018 Could Help Israel Become a Global Superpower

November 13, 2017 | 879 views
Medical marijuana is proving to be a health aid that is both natural and effective, yet the U.S. government is doggedly holding to its stance that marijuana should stay on the Schedule 1 dangerous drug list with “no currently accepted medical use.” So, while individual U.S. states are slowly moving to approve it within their own borders, Israel is marching ahead with research that could soon make medical marijuana its major export product. According to Newsweek, Israel has even come up with an inhaler that allows patients to take specific doses — and other news agencies are predicting Israel’s carpe diem will make them a global pot provider — to the tune of $30 billion over the next seven years.

I’m sure that reports that Israel soon will be filing an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to bring its experimental medical marijuana stateside will come with their own set of objections from the ever-persistent U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which insists that no good can come from medical cannabis. I agree: Marijuana is easily one of the world's most controversial plants. But controversy shouldn’t be the determining component for the FDA’s and DEA’s stance on this important and highly underutilized healing agent.

Because cannabis remains a Schedule 1 drug at the federal level, it cannot legally be transported across state lines. As a result, the development of centralized growing and processing plants aimed at achieving nationwide distribution have been stalled. And that’s just plain wrong, as we’re NOT talking about smoking it and getting high, as that’s not the form that medical marijuana takes. Marijuana’s incredible healing properties come from its high cannabidiol (CBD) content, critical levels of medical terpenes, flavonoids, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and 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 — and those components don’t make you high.

Aside from the many things medical marijuana can treat — from treating mood disorders, degenerative neurological disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder to stopping seizures — it’s also far safer than opioids for treating pain. In fact, increasing research suggests medical marijuana is an effective agent for pain relief with fewer side effects and risks compared to prescription opioids.

Click Here and be the first to comment on this article

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Dr. Mercola, unless otherwise noted. Individual articles are based upon the opinions of the respective author, who retains copyright as marked. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Mercola and his community. Dr. Mercola encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your health care professional before using products based on this content.

© Copyright 1997-2017 Dr. Joseph Mercola. All Rights Reserved.