Research is ongoing regarding the use of marijuana and the results of some research are very favorable for those that use weed.
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In their article, written in April 2015, iDigital lists 20 health benefits that are a result of marijuana use. The article contains links to research performed by such notable institutions as Harvard, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the National Eye Institute. Prestigious publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Molecular Pharmaceutics, and the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics have all published research on the favorable medicinal qualities that cannabis offers those who use it on a regular basis.
For instance, most everybody has experienced the ravages of cancer, either through a friend or family member or as a cancer survivor themselves. Research shows that a compound in marijuana has successfully killed cancer cells in Leukemia patients. It has also been effective in curing some forms of aggressive cancer. (Read more about that here.)
Marijuana can also be an effective treatment for those with epilepsy. Researchers have found that THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gives the user a ‘high’ feeling, is a very effective anticonvulsant as well. The researchers have said that this finding can lead to effective treatments that have virtually no side effects for the patient. (Read about Lila Rose, a young girl who has been greatly helped by marijuana.)
In California, doctors have treated over 300,000 patients with medical marijuana, finding that it dramatically helps people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and migraines. In fact, they found marijuana is ‘several hundred times more powerful than aspirin’ and lauded the plant for its pain-killing properties.
More research is ongoing, but the benefits of marijuana are becoming clearer, much more so in recent years, and as more and more people try it, the stigma attached to using it is quickly disappearing across the country. It would behoove us to pay close attention to the findings of all this research and be prepared to ask our local, state, and federal governments to allow its use in a responsible way.
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