One of the main arguments against marijuana is that it has no medical benefits. According to Lacy Schley, author of the article “Marijuana: The Blunt Truth”; the United States government classifies marijuana as a schedule one drug with high potential for abuse and no acceptable medical use (Schley). This means that the United States government also has this false reality about the drug. This belief is at odds with other researches and medical experts. Dr. Andrew Weil, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona, states, “cannabinoid- the active compounds in marijuana- can relieve pain, nausea, and other debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis and cancer and the drugs used to treat them” (Weil). It is evidential that marijuana has medical benefits, it is able to relieve serious symptoms from people.
Marijuana has hundreds of chemical compounds, the two major ones are Cannabidiols (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These two compounds affect the body by acting as a pain killer, anti-inflammatory, anxiety reducer, and suppressing muscle spasms (Schley). This drug is also involved in the treatments of other serious diseases because of its symptom relieving effects. Such diseases include lung cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma.
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers usually treated by chemotherapy. However, there is one form that is drug- resistant, non-small cell carcinoma (NSCLC). According to the article, “Medical use of Marijuana,” by Dr. Kinga K. Borowicz, of Medical University of Lublin stats that a “research performed at Harvard University, it reveals that marijuana contains an active ingredient, which has the ability to decrease tumor growth in lung cancer and significantly reduces possibility to spread metastases” (Borowicz).
This discovery mean that marijuana is able to provide an option of treatment to those who previously did not have one. If we look at the disease AIDS, we can see another revolutionizing outcome because of marijuana. Since HIV infections can cause dementia and cognitive impairment, treatments become problematic.This is because of a blood- brain barrier that these drugs can not overcome. However, cannabinoid (derived from marijuana) can cross this barrier and protect the brain from HIV-related neurotoxic protein Gp120 (Borowicz).