MARIJUANA AS MEDICINE: PROS AND CONS 1
Marijuana asMedicine: Pros and Cons
Although marijuana has severe health, social, and economicconsequences to the user, society, and the government, the drug has afew benefits. First, marijuana has been found to be helpful in thetreatment of several medical ailments ranging from cancer to anxietydisorders. Preliminary studies show that the drug has some medicinalvalue. However, further studies on the drug are still ongoing. Thedrug is particularly helpful to cancer patients, especially thoseundergoing chemotherapy. It helps cancer patients by reducing nauseaand vomiting and increasing appetite. People going throughchemotherapy use many drugs that decrease their appetite, whichfurther deteriorates their health (“pros vs. cons of cannabis,”2016).
Additionally, medicinal marijuana helps in the reduction of stress,tension, and anxiety. It is also helpful to people who have AIDS asit increases their appetite. Also, marijuana helps in the reductionof depression and chronic pain for patients with conditions such asmultiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Other conditions that medicalmarijuana helps to manage include anorexia, asthma, migraines, andglaucoma (“pros vs. cons of cannabis,” 2016). Apart from havingmedicinal value, marijuana is a good source of income and taxes tothe government. In California, marijuana used for medical purposesgenerates more than $ 14 billion annually (“pros vs. cons ofcannabis,” 2016).
On the negative sides, the use of marijuana slows the motor skills aswell as the reaction time. According to Hedges & Burchfield(2006), the effects of marijuana comprise of dose-dependentimpairment of cognitive functions and memory. Consequently, the drugcan trigger mood swing, paranoia, fatigue and increased appetite.Some of the long-term effects of the use of marijuana include memoryloss, delayed thought processing, confusion, lung cancer, andblockage of blood vessels, among others (“pros vs. cons ofcannabis,” 2016). Some of the withdrawal symptoms that affectpersons who abruptly stop using the drug include loss of appetite,shaky hands, restlessness, problems finding sleep, and weight loss(Hedges & Burchfield, 2006).
The course materials and the internet sources were very insightful,particularly in terms of exploring the positive and negativeconsequence of marijuana. Before doing the research, I thought thatmarijuana does not have positive effects. However, I came to learnthat it has some medicinal value and that it is given to peoplestruggling with certain conditions associated with chronic pain suchas cancer and migraines. On the negative side, I learnt thatmarijuana use has severe consequences on one’s brain and may resultin mood swings, paranoia, fatigue, and increased appetite. Thisinformation will help me relate well with people who use marijuana.For instance, if a person, whom I know is using the drug, show signsof mood swings or increased appetite I will not be quick to judgehim/her or even consider getting away from him/her. Additionally, Ilearnt that marijuana may cause memory loss and problems in one’sthinking process. As such, when relating with a person who uses thisdrug, I will always ensure that I simplify things for him/her. Forexample, when giving instructions, I can use simple terms to avoid asituation when the person fails to understand what is required ofhim/her.
Besides, after knowing that people who consume marijuana may sufferfrom memory loss, I will always find ways of reminding my clientsabout certain things that they are supposed to do. For example, toensure that a certain person who consumes marijuana takes his/hermedication or attend therapy, I can undertake to remind him/her toundertake these activities by contacting him/her through the phonewhen the time is due. Besides, the course materials were veryinsightful on the signs of withdrawal symptoms that affects peoplewho abruptly ceases from consuming marijuana. As such, I am nowwell-equipped to notice such signs when exhibited by my friends,clients or even acquaintances and take the necessary action such asby giving them first aid or advice on how to manage these symptoms.
Hedges, D.. & Burchfield, C. (2006). Mind, Brain, and Drug:Introduction to Psychopharmacology. Pearson.
“Pros vs. cons of cannabis,” (2016). Accessed on October 30,2016.http://www.cannabissearch.com/articles/pros-vs-cons-of-marijuana/