Medicinal Marijuana Should Require an Online Drug Course

by Mike Miller January 17, 2014

Do you know someone who thinks marijuana is safer to use than alcohol? If so, you are not alone. The public perception of marijuana has come a long way in the past 30 or 40 years.

Despite being classified by the federal government alongside other dangerous and addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin, marijuana’s danger has been diminished, at least in the public eye. Twenty states have legalized it for medicinal purposes and there is a strong push to legalize recreational use on a national level. Both Washington and Colorado already have legalized it and just last month so did the city of Portland, Maine. As reported in well.blogs.nytimes.com.

But what true medicinal value does cannabis have?

Medical marijuana is widely recognized as being effective against nausea and appetite loss caused by chemotherapy, although there are better treatments are available. But preliminary research and anecdotal reports have suggested that marijuana might be useful in treating a number of other conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, migraine, cancer growth, abnormal heart rhythms, Alzheimer’s disease, Fibromyalgia, incontinence, bacterial infections, osteoporosis, intense itching, Tourette’s syndrome and sleep apnea.

In future blogs, we will continue to address the truths of marijuana's medicinal value. Keep in mind, it is still classified as a dangerous and addictive substance and is illegal under federal law.

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