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The debate rages on as to whether or not Marijuana should be made available to physicians for treating terminally or critically ill patients. For thousands of years, Cannabis has been used to treat people suffering from a variety of medical conditions, including glaucoma, cancer, arthritis and, most recently, AIDS. The argument focuses on whether or not marijuana has true healing powers or is only a painkiller.

In patients who suffer from glaucoma, it has been shown that marijuana slows the loss of vision. For people undergoing painful chemotherapy treatments, the pain killing abilities of marijuana are known to reduce the side effects from the lengthy, painful sessions. When treating patients infected with the HIV virus or with full-blown AIDS, ¡°Mary Jane¡± has the ability to induce the patient¡¯s appetite, preventing ¡°Wasting.¡±

Marijuana¡¯s most active chemical compound, delta-l-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the main source of alleviating pain, because of its ability to find distinct nerve receptors in the brain that cause pain, and diminish their effectiveness. It is THC that helps to control nausea and alleviate many of the anxieties patients may have while receiving treatment for cancer, as well as other forms of therapy.

There is no substantiated medical proof showing marijuana to be the final cure for a disease or condition, but what it does do is suppress swelling, maintain muscle mass and reduce pain in the patient, giving them more time to recover and, if they are taking anti-biotics, allowing for a less painful waiting period for the drugs to take effect.

In patients recovering from painful injuries or surgeries, the drugs Xanax and Paxil are often prescribed, and can cause severe side effects that lead to a worsening of the condition or an addiction to the drugs. Marijuana holds many of the same remedies as these prescription drugs and has far less side effects, yet only California, with proposition 215, allows for physicians to recommend the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

GW Pharmaceuticals, A London based company, led by Dr. Daniel Deforge, began running tests in Canada a few years ago, in which they studied patients with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and other conditions marked by chronic pain. In 2001, the Canadian government began allowing physicians to prescribe marijuana to their patients. A recent law also allowed Canadian citizens to order prescription Marijuana over the Internet.

In Israel, studies are currently under way to examine the effects that marijuana has on reducing cerebral swelling and pressure.

Critics argue that marijuana has no legitimate healing powers, and is actually shutting down the receptors in the brain that cause pain, providing only a momentary alleviation of pain that causes patients to stay ¡°high¡± and in fact, keep getting higher to maintain a feeling of comfort.

If used in this way, as with any substance, marijuana can become addicting, and therefore extremely harmful to your health. There are also concerns that marijuana can cause lung cancer and mental retardation. Perhaps marijuana activists should enlist the services of the lawyers and lobbyists that represent Phillip Morris on the latter issue.

While many powerful prescription narcotics cause stomach bleeding and disorientation, cannabis is praised in medical circles for being non-toxic, safe, and easy for the patient to take. If one is concerned about lung cancer, marijuana can be made into tea, baked or used as a spice to cook with, although smoking is said to be the most effective form of administering the herb.

The United States is quickly becoming a minority on their negative views on medical marijuana.

A recent study performed by The Australia New Zealand Food Authority confirmed ¡°Hempseed contains all amino acids, as well as a balance of essential fatty acids valuable in reducing blood cholesterol and regulating blood sugar levels, making it useful for diabetics.¡±

In order for marijuana to become a legally viable method of treatment, it must first be reclassified into the medicinal category rather than the ¡°Lethal Drug¡± classification it received in1956, when the drug was incorporated into Narcotics Act, lumping marijuana in with Heroin, Cocaine and LSD.

Under current Federal laws, medical patients and their designated primary caregivers may legally possess and cultivate, but not distribute or sell marijuana.

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