There are several legitimate reasons marijuana may be useful.Cancer patients may quell nausea and develop appetite. Easing intraocular pressure for those with glaucoma is a common use. It can ease spasms in MS patients. Some claim it works for pain and it’s immunosuppressant qualities may be promising for those with autoimmune conditions, but not so good for those with already compromised immune systems. Still, HIV patients find the drug to be helpful in easing symptoms.
Whether legal for medical reasons or recreational, the battle wears on.Is it truly a gateway drug for teens? Will it give those most impressionable a green light to get high? Is this like easing prohibition on something society wants, or is criminalizing it an effort not to repeat the mistakes made with our most toxic mood-altering substance – alcohol – by making it such a socially accepted product that our culture bathes in it?
Marijuana is addictive, complete with tolerance and withdrawal symptoms when chronic usage is stopped.It impairs learning, driving, affects fertility, causes lung damage and memory loss. Let’s not even go there with the apathy common in addicts. Perhaps physicians should be mindful and selective, so as not to create an atmosphere where recreational users are given carte blanche. If it is to be prescribed as a medicinal treatment, that’s how it should be used. Perhaps Illinois’ rigid guidelines may help prevent what happened in California.There are synthetic medications containing some of the active proponents, but according to one Indiana Rheumatologist who prefers to be anonymous, the medication is strong and users develop a tolerance quickly. He believes the problem with marijuana as a treatment option in general is that scientists need to find a way to get around the tolerance that develops, sometimes making the side effects outweigh the benefits.
Marijuana use in teensTeens are most vulnerable to peer pressure, and marijuana use continues to be a problem – some moving into other addictions and some becoming addicted to marijuana to the point where their daily life is negatively impacted. If you know someone addicted to marijuana, there is help. Talk with a professional who can help you understand what you’re dealing with and how to find help.
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