Quick Guide: The Pros And Cons Of Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana benefits
The medical marijuana business just keeps growing and growing and so are hemp-based cannabidiol products.
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a component of marijuana that doesn’t make you high. Instead, it’s used to treat a wide variety of painful conditions.
There are dozens of studies that prove the effectiveness of this compound and most studies conclude that controlled cannabidiol administration is safer than most prescription drugs.
Interestingly, the pharmaceutical industry has spent millions in lobbying efforts to keep marijuana illegal.
With regard to pain alone, marijuana could greatly reduce the demand for narcotics and simultaneously decrease the number of accidental painkiller overdoses.
Accidental painkiller overdoses surpassed shooting deaths and fatal traffic accidents years ago to become the leading cause of unintentional death for Americans.
Marijuana used safely can relieve human suffering, but despite the benefits, there are several arguments against its use.
The dangers include the risk of more motor vehicle crashes, the development of major psychoses, addictive disease, apathy, lost productivity, and deterioration in intellectual function.
How to get medical marijuana
You won’t qualify for medical marijuana because you want to use it recreationally.
In most states, medical marijuana is only available to patients with pre-approved conditions such as:
- Chronic and severe pain, including pain from arthritis, migraine headaches, and Crohn’s disease
- Chemo-related nausea
- Hepatitis C
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Any terminal illness
If you have a medical condition that qualifies for medical marijuana use in your state, I highly recommend you apply for a medical marijuana identification card.
The 3 requirements you need to get a medical marijuana card are:
- Proof of Residence
- Eligible Condition
- Doctor’s Documents
Medical marijuana card
In order to get a medical marijuana card, you need to find a doctor who will sign your forms.
However, many doctors are refusing to recommend medical marijuana so you might have to find a new doctor for this part.
Many doctors don’t feel qualified to prescribe it, while others don’t believe there is enough scientific evidence to warrant its prescription.
Whatever the reason may be, doctors have the right to decline your request if they believe there is no evidence to support the use of the product.
Luckily, there are clinics and doctors out there that specifically work with patients looking for a marijuana prescription.
So if you have a medical condition that qualifies, you’ll most likely be able to get a card once you find the right doctor.
Medical marijuana dispensaries
As dispensaries grow in popularity, several online services have been created such as Leafbuyer, Leafly, Merry Jane, Weedadvisor, and Weedmaps.
The site Wikileaf allows you to compare marijuana prices and search for dispensaries in your area. However, not all dispensaries will have their prices listed online.
The average price is around $15 per gram.
You can also talk to your primary care physician about reputable medicinal-grade cannabis plant growers or credible apothecaries that sell natural cannabis products for medicinal purposes.