With all drugs, there is a tossup between the benefits/efficacy, and the detriments/side-effects. If the side-effects are more prominent than the desired effects, then the drug is, in most cases, considered dangerous and unhelpful. Then it’s back to the drawing board to find a more suited drug, a safer drug, or to make adjustments to the biochemical structure of the drug in question so that the dial of side effects is turned down and the dial of desired effects is turned up. This is how things are supposed to work, but pharmaceuticals are big money and so the investments – and therefore interests – of many people are dependent on the drugs that they produce, distribute, and sell. These vested interests mean the primary focus of pharmaceutical companies is not where it should be, not on the treatment of ailments and diseases but on reducing costs and increasing sales. I think we can all agree skimping on the medications of the sick members of our country is far from ideal. But even those pharmaceutical companies with ethics at the center of their scopes may be limited to certain areas. How does traditional medicine compare to medical cannabis? Are they two paths to the same result? Or do their results vary distinctly? What should we be using? All these questions will be answered in the below article as we close the book on the medical cannabis versus traditional medicine once and for all. If you haven’t already, make sure you get your medical marijuana card online. Without further ado, let’s begin!
The undeniable, powerful medicinal properties of marijuana have been shown to be extremely effective in the management and treatment of many chronic illnesses, diseases and disorders – such as multiple sclerosis, nausea, seizures, arthritis, lupus, poor appetite and weight loss, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and bipolar. Many of these chronic diseases and disorders are also treatable with traditional medicine. But in order to see which works better, we must look at the degree to which either is effective and compare. With regard to mental illness, pharmaceuticals have been long known to sufficiently reduce the lows but at the cost of reducing the highs too. Users describe feeling empty or dead inside. This has been known to lead to self-harm or efforts at suicide in attempts to feel once again. Of course, when you have suicidal thoughts, having large quantities of potentially lethal drugs at your disposal is a very bad idea. More than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs, more than the combined number who reported abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin! And every day in the US, 2,500 more youths abuse a prescription pain reliever. Prescription drugs give the illusion of safety and this makes them incredibly dangerous and makes their users highly susceptible to overdose.
Medical cannabis, on the other hand, is able to create a natural sense of euphoria for long periods of time from relatively small doses of the plant (edibles) without producing negative emotions on the comedown. Furthermore, it is virtually impossible to overdose on the marijuana as it’s non-toxic so attempts at suicide won’t be done using what is intended as treatment. All this kind of makes you want to get your medical marijuana card online and start enjoying the benefits of marijuana right away, no?!
To make it more appealing, there are certain realms in which medical marijuana has been able to treat things no traditional medicine can. As much as 30 percent of people with epilepsy – many of which are children – still have seizures while on FDA-approved treatments. In some cases, seizures run as high as 200 daily leaving patients despairing and wondering if there will be an end. Those that turn to medical marijuana in an attempt to take back control quickly are astounded by its effectiveness and can often reduce seizures completely. Its advantages have been enough to have large pharmaceutical juggernauts shaking in their boots. Why fork out huge fees for unnatural drugs when there is an inexpensive, natural plant that proves just as effective? Get your medical cannabis card online!
Also, marijuana – or more specifically, THC – has been proven to have plentiful positive effects on brain cells. THC is a powerful neuroprotectant. THC can also promote the growth of new brain cells through a process known as neurogenesis, with medical cannabis also boasting anti-inflammatory, antiemetic (anti-vomiting) properties. Oh, and it can also fend off prostate cancer.
Note: Medical marijuana has many variants, some of which are high in the psychoactive THC. THC can have detrimental effects on mental health for those with anxiety, panic disorder, paranoia amongst other mental disorders. If you think you or a close relative suffers from any such disorder it may best to avoid THC dominant strains. Medical marijuana is still a drug and should be treated as such, this article simply aims to prove that this drug may be more effective than other lab-based drugs; but they nonetheless all remain drugs and all have side-effects that may or may not mean that you should avoid.
We hope it’s now clear to see that medical cannabis works better than traditional medicine in the areas in which they are both options. And it’s for this that medical marijuana has become part of the mainstream: it’s benefits are undeniable. Its use will become ubiquitous and state laws and eventually federal laws will change to reflect the reformed opinions of the masses. Make sure you have your medical marijuana card so you can start to benefit from the drug’s long list of health benefits.