Can People Benefit Medically From Marijuana?


Josalyn Junkin, Author

The debate on legalizing marijuana and medical uses of the drug have been discussed widely for a long time. According to Pew Research Centertwo thirds of the US population is for legalization of marijuana. The percentage of adults who are against legalization has fallen from 52% in 2010 to 32% in 2019.  

There are many people who could benefit from the medical use of marijuana. In 2017, a study run by National Academies of Sciences, Engineeringand Medicine found that adults with chemotherapyinduced nausea and vomiting along with people who struggle with chronic pain have been relieved with the help of cannabis 

“I think if this drug helps people suffering with diseases, then why does it matter? What is the difference between marijuana and other pain killers?” said senior Whitney Weyforth 

Another study showed that the use of Marijuana could help people struggling with opioid and alcohol addiction. This idea is heavily debated because Marijuana is also considered a “gateway drug”. Meaningpeople believe that this drug can lead to other drugs like heroin or alcohol consumption 

“I don’t think that marijuana should be illegal because it has many benefits, and I think people make too big of a deal about it,” said senior Keenan Smoot. 

The review states that cannabis can also be used to help treat some symptoms of mental illnessIt has potential to help with PTSD and some other mental illnesses. However, it also states that cannabis is not meant for those who suffer from bipolar disorder or psychosis. These illnesses typically do not react well with cannabis treatment 

Although there could be people who would abuse marijuana, there are always going to be people abusing drugs. At this point, it’s just choosing a lesser evil and what is proving to help people who are suffering.