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Marijuana(Cannabis) Vs Prescription drugs

 Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance ever since 1970. A decision  justified by a suggestion that weed offers ‘no medical value' and is ‘highly addictive’. This thinking is outdated, it's almost half century since, thousands of studies have proved the potential benefits of medical cannabis treatment. Now being legal for medicinal purposes in 33 states and more to join, it remains federally illegal. At the same time, dangerous prescription drugs are everywhere. Despite their constant price hikes, they continue to sell rapidly. Average American, spends more than $1,100 on prescription annually. A report by IQVIA released in May 2017, showed that spending would increase by up to 7% in the next four years. By 2021, total annual expenditure on these drugs could exceed $600 billion. “That’s understandable,” you say. “After all, people get sick and need medicine.” While this is an unquestionably true statement, it fails to look at the overall picture. Not all p

Finding out if Marijuana Is addictive(Dependence and withdrawal)

Once tolerance sets in, dependence can form. If someone uses a drug often enough, the brain will become accustomed to it. In an attempt to return to baseline, it will compensate for the difference, raising a function that the drug lowered, like heart rate, or reducing a function that the drug boosted, like mood. This means that when the drug wears off, the person’s heart could start to race, they could become irritable or depressed, or experience any number of other reactions called withdrawal. “A person is not dependent on a drug unless they experience some kind of negative outcome upon stopping their use,” said Reiman. “For example, if I am prescribed Vicodin for pain and I use it as directed, that does not make me dependent. “If I try to cut down or stop my intake and have negative consequences — cravings, irritability, upset stomach, chills, etc. — that could be a sign that my use has become dependence. “This can happen to people who take prescription medication for a long time, ev

Finding out if Marijuana Is addictive (Drug of choice)

The conversation around marijuana use has become more nuanced since the World War II era film “Reefer Madness” portrayed the drug as destructive and dangerous. The drug’s pain-relieving properties make it a potential replacement for pain medication. In 2014, states that had legalized medical marijuana reported a 25 percent drop in deaths resulting from an overdose of pain medication. In healthy people, marijuana is sometimes used as a substitute for other, stronger substances. Amanda Reiman, PhD, policy manager for the California office of the Drug Policy Alliance, and lecturer at the University of California Berkeley, shed light on this trend. A 2009 study she conducted on medical marijuana users revealed that: 40 percent of them had substituted marijuana for alcohol 26 percent for other illicit drugs 66 percent for prescription drugs Reasons they gave included: marijuana had fewer unwanted side effects it managed their symptoms better it presented fewer problems with withdrawal One m

Finding if Marijuana/Cannabis is Addictive (Legalisation & addiction)

 The discussion surrounding addiction — and addressing addiction concerns — has become more complex. Currently, 31 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. In fact, 10 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana for recreational use. In recent years, there have been a number of studies that have highlighted the use marijuana in treating certain medical conditions. One study stated that medical marijuana can help children with seizures and chemotherapy-induced nausea. A 2017 study reported that adult cancer patients are using marijuana to ease nausea and other symptoms. A 2014 review looked at the available research regarding people with epilepsy using marijuana to ease their seizures. There are also the studies that indicate legalizing marijuana can reduce the misuse of opioids, alcohol, and other substances. On the other hand, there are studies that have issued warnings on marijuana and heart health as well as using marijuana for morning

Finding out if Marijuana Is addictive. (Who & why)

The world is slowly legalizing  Marijuana for both Medical and recreation. It's fair enough to read the good stuff about it, but we need to look at it from all possible effects whether positive and negative. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently released data that suggests that 30 percent of those who use marijuana may have some degree of “marijuana use disorder.” They add that people who use marijuana before age 18 are 4 to 7 times more likely to develop this use disorder than adults. Researchers estimated that 4 million people in the United States met the criteria for marijuana use disorder in 2015.  138,000 voluntarily sought treatment. The use disorder, according to researchers, can morph into an addiction when the person can’t stop using the drug even when it interferes with their daily activities. The Canyon, a treatment center in Malibu, California, lists 10 signs that someone might have an addiction to marijuana. Among the signals is a growing tolerance f

Why Medical Marijuana and why now?

  More states are passing laws that allow people to use medical marijuana. So what does it treat, and who can and should use it? Pain is the main reason people ask for a prescription, says Barth Wilsey, MD, a pain medicine specialist at the University of California Davis Medical Center. It could be from headaches, a disease like cancer, or a long-term condition, like glaucoma or nerve pain. If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal and your doctor thinks it would help, you’ll get a “marijuana card.” You will be put on a list that allows you to buy marijuana from an authorized seller, called a dispensary. Doctors also may prescribe medical marijuana to treat: Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis Nausea from cancer chemotherapy Poor appetite and weight loss caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, or nerve pain Seizure disorders Crohn's disease The FDA has also approved THC, a key ingredient in marijuana, to treat nausea and improve appetite. It's ava