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Pros vs. Cons of Cannabis

By Mark Wunder | April 23, 2013 05:56:12 AM PDT
Pros vs. cons of medical marijuana

There are many great things that cannabis has to offer, both as a medicine and a potentially legal drug in the future. On the other end of the spectrum, there are a few negative aspects about this medication. Under current federal law, the Controlled Substances Act classifies marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance. This is means that the U.S. government feels that there are no accepted medical benefits, it has a high potential for abuse and is unsafe for use even under medical supervision. As of now, 16 states and territories currently permit medical marijuana use for patients with legitimate prescriptions for the substance. The following will chronicle both the pros and cons of medical marijuana use, as well as legalization.

Pros

Despite the fact that the government has classified cannabis as a Schedule I substance, it has been proven that marijuana is helpful in the treatment of many medical ailments, ranging from cancer to anxiety. One of the main reasons many feel that marijuana is still illegal is because of the minimal amount of effort the government has put into testing its medicinal value. Were cannabis to be legalized, it would be easier for scientists to conduct tests proving marijuana’s effectiveness as a medication. Another positive outcome of legalization would be the immense amount of jobs it would generate for people such as Oaksterdam graduates. Taxing marijuana (like we now do with alcohol) would also assist in maintaining a steadier economy. In California, medical marijuana generates over $14 billion per year. Ironically, the United States government spends an estimated $10 billion per year trying to rid the streets and dispensaries of marijuana. Imagine how much more revenue would be generated if you could purchase it at a convenience store.

Cancer patients and/or those undergoing chemotherapy find medical marijuana extremely helpful in reducing vomiting, nausea and increasing appetite. Most of these patients are taking enough heavy-duty medications as it is, and rather than take one more for appetite increase (that often doesn’t work), they turn to medicinal marijuana. Also, prior to undergoing potentially worrisome treatments or doctor visits, these patients will find that using medical marijuana prior to these trips can relieve much stress, tension and anxiety. AIDS patients also find this medication helpful in increasing appetite and maintaining some muscle mass.

Shown to provide relief for those suffering from pain and muscle spasms associated with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS), cannabis also helps with chronic pain and depression. Many patients with severe and chronic pain are prescribed medical marijuana, especially those who do not wish to take such “hard” drugs as Oxycontin or Vicodin. There are many more medical ailments that cannabis is capable of treating, including migraines, glaucoma, insomnia, asthma, anorexia, as an alcohol substitute and even ADHD/ADD.

Cons

While exceptionally helpful in treating a wide array of medical problems, as with an medication, is has side-effects. Ingesting cannabis slows the motor skills and reaction time, can sometimes cause paranoia and mood swings, fatigue and increased appetite, while under its effect. Long-term effects of marijuana use include memory loss, confusion and/or a delayed thought-process, blockage of blood vessels and can lead to lung cancer if continuously smoked (not vaporized or eaten). It can also cause loss of motivation, cramps and rarely diarrhea.

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Rastamanhae | Mar 10, 2011
 
Wow, this article was truely informative. Definitely glad to have the information. I so enjoy smoking but those days are numbered. I'll have to cherish the memories and stick to the good old vaporizer. For me though, part of the fun of it all is puffing on a bleezee so I will probably slow down as a result of the news.
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HolyKush | Mar 11, 2011
 
Great article here. Very helpful to anyone who wants to learn about marijuana effects. Interesting cons list. I have not experienced most of those.
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Medicator | Mar 11, 2011
 
I agree it is good to be informed on all aspects of the pros and cons related to medical marijuana use. Luckily the pros far outweigh the short term negative effects. As to the more serious long term effects such as blockage of blood vessels and lung cancer there are alternatives we can use to almost eliminate these as a cause for concern.
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Guest | Mar 17, 2011
 
i really like the article
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lindzzz | Mar 23, 2011
 
I am glad to see something that also examines the cons of cannabis use. A lot of people who are advocates try and say that cannabis has no negative side-effects at all, but most of the time they are going off of personal experience only. I think that the possibility of lung cancer is what made me want to try using a vaporizer more often. The drawback of edibles is that a lot of them have a ton of calories from fat, so I don't consider them as healthy of a choice as the vaporizer.
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Chief | Mar 25, 2011
 
I agree with Lindzzz in that looking at the cons means that we are being objective instead of completely biased with it. If we can do that ourselves then there will be nothing for the critics to say about it when it comes time for discussion. It's also a good idea to take breaks from using it since just like with any medication, long time use will lead to becoming conditioned to it's effects and will result in it being less effective in treating ailments.
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gbennett1 | Apr 1, 2011
 
This also proves that peole r compitent and can show the facts, such as the pros and cons. People should b using vapes, they rmuch healthier.
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smokestack | Apr 7, 2011
 
Very informative. The pros seem to definitely outweigh the cons. Many also believe that CBN a molecule in cannabis has numerous health benefits. There is a cannabinoid receptor in the immune system (CB2) which is activated by CBN. Those who have ingested Rick Simpsons Oil report full regression of cancer which is mainly caused by this molecule. It has been scientifically proven in a few studies that it can shrink tumors. Seems like being cancer free is worth the occasional mood-swing.
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smokestack | Apr 7, 2011
 
Sorry I meant CBD
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Guest | May 30, 2011
 
Smoking Cannabis Has No Effects Towards Lung Cancer and the Carcinogenic Properties of Heavy Smoke, Is Counteracted by the Beneficial Compounds of the Cannabis, And the Enzymes Activiated by the Heating and Ingestion of Cannabis. whether it be Smoke, Vapour, Oral INgestion Suppository, Patch, or intravenus.
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bluefrost420 | Jul 15, 2011
 
as a yougster smoking bud for 18 yr.s i left it for many reason's like my kid's where getting older . durin that time i had a job related accident that land me on vic's somas & val's. for over 8 yr's i decided to get the card & get back on the bud . this time legally.
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lindzzz | Aug 25, 2011
 
I agree with smokestack as well that the pros do outweigh the cons, at least for most people. Some individuals may get anxiety or a worsened mental state from using marijuana. It is a generally helpful medicine.
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Guest | Mar 18, 2012
 
i like this artical
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Guest | Sep 8, 2012
 
LINDZZZ who are YOU
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Guest | Nov 10, 2012
 
Memory loss, paranoia, these are the things that I experienced for years while smoking it. But I like the feeling of the high. I'm old school, and that said, I believe reefer should be kept controlled just for medicinal purpose!
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Guest | Nov 19, 2012
 
wat up does
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Guest | Nov 19, 2012
 
que onda cochonda
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Guest | Nov 19, 2012
 
I feel like inexpirenced smokers should read this due to the fact that Iv only been smoking for three years on and off, the past 6 months everyday! People need to see this so they know and the government can legalize it! In stead of throwin hundreds, lets throw green cards!
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Guest | Nov 27, 2012
 
Helped a lot with my research project on why we should legalized it :D
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Guest | Nov 28, 2012
 
Legalize* Whoops.
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Guest | Nov 29, 2012
 
you are all idiots
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Guest | Dec 15, 2012
 
Loss of memory, is a choice... I know many who don't smoke pot that cant remember a thing. I would rather be with a room full of pot smokers than drinkers any day.. I have done more regrettable things on alcohol than I ever have on pot.....get with the program, and make it legal damnit
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Guest | Dec 29, 2012
 
Its a personal choice like smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. If legalized, the state will tax it to death just like they do everything.
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Guest | Jan 24, 2013
 
Doing a project on this in school, and I have to include the opposite argument as well, so this helped with that; although the cons could be made a bit more extensive. I understand that this is a website dedicated to the legalization, and as a 14 year old, I have never tried it or anything, so at least you have tried to put a few cons in ~Josh
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Guest | Feb 22, 2013
 
I would honestly like to thank you :D I have to do some Research on the Pros and Cons, and this has been by far the most helpful site. And as I have RSB it can really help me. http://www.onlinepot.org/medical/add&mmj.htm you can go here to understand more :D
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Guest | Mar 4, 2013
 
GahRooovey! as in Groovy Bay-Bee!
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Guest | Apr 8, 2013
 
[b]I like p ony[/b]
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Guest | Apr 8, 2013
 
i smoke weed every 5 seconds and rub the joint on my balls
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Guest | Apr 23, 2013
 
this was very helpful towards my research paper