Marijuana has become incredibly popular over the course of the past ten to twenty years as industries have become more legal than ever. The substance, however, has been used for as many as 3,000 years across civilizations for various medicinal and recreational purposes. As we continue to traverse the future of the substance, it seems as though the different components that make it up, all have a large amount of individual potential.
Recently, we have seen the Food and Drug Administration or FDA in the U.S., move toward legalizing the use of various cannabis-based drugs. Back in 2018, we saw the government body approve a drug known as Epidiolex, made from cannabidiol or CBD to help treat seizures associated with two rare forms of epilepsy.
The substance has been deemed a miracle drug and the only one that has worked for some patients. Additionally, the government body approved other drugs such as dronabinol and nabilone, both made from synthetic cannabinoids, which help to treat nausea associated with the various treatments of cancer.
One of the main issues with determining the validity of cannabis as a treatment is that the drug remains a Schedule I narcotic as far as the federal government is concerned. This means that it is extremely difficult for scientists to study cannabis as well as any research institution that is federally funded.
Medical marijuana, however, has been found to aid in the treatment of many different ailments that we may face. For starters, cannabis is known as one of the most effective ways to treat everything from pain to nausea and everything in between.
The substance can also help patients have a larger appetite when suffering from not eating enough in the case of chemotherapy patients as well as others. Research into the subject is still unfortunately limited, but as the substance becomes more and more accepted by the wider public, it seems as though many are trying to find new ways to use it.
One of the most intriguing parts of cannabis use is that most of the time there is little to no side effects. Of course, it depends on the individual, but when comparing cannabis to other drugs such as opioids, the difference in side effects is quite drastic.
Marijuana has also been found to be a solid alternative to conventional drug addiction treatment and can relieve the symptoms thereof. The majority of the side effects that come from cannabis lie either in dry mouth or slight fatigue. These do seem quite minuscule however when comparing to the aforementioned treatments.
Cannabis does then seem to be quite a miracle drug, but there is undoubtedly a large amount of research that still needs to be conducted. The hopes are high that as cannabis becomes legal around the U.S., more scientists will have access to studying the plant. This way we can begin to find new cures and treatments for many of the popular ailments that we face today.