Choosing a Safer Alternative – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

You’d be mistaken if you said that marijuana was not an effective way to treat your health ailments.

In fact, our ancestors have been using marijuana to do just that for at least 3,000 years, according to the National Institutes of Health.

But still, debunked perceptions exist about the nature of marijuana, ultimately limiting how and where it can be legally used, even when more than two dozen states have legalized its use.

Over 80% of U.S. adults believe that marijuana has at least one benefit, including, but not limited to, treatment of chronic pain and diseases like epilepsy. That’s according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

But it’s not just people’s opinions that say this. Research shows that THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana that produces a high, has proven medical benefits.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already approved several THC-based medications as a result of this research. Medications like Marinol®  and Cesamet® help treat nausea in chemotherapy patients, for example. And several other THC-based medications are undergoing clinical trial right now.

In 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine looked at over 10,000 scientific studies on the medical benefits of marijuana and found that marijuana is effective at relieving chronic pain.

Studies have also shown that cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy benefit from smoking marijuana to alleviate their nausea and vomiting. For people who feel too sick to move, marijuana can lift their spirits to a place where they can actually function in their life.

In June 2018, the FDA shocked the world by approving CBD products to treat two types of epilepsy that are difficult to maintain with other types of medication. This came after a 2017 study showed that CBD use among children with epilepsy resulted in far fewer seizures compared with a placebo drug.

Marijuana is a simple and effective drug for many conditions. Yet when we go to the doctor with symptoms of chronic pain or another serious disease, we are prescribed drugs that have the potential to do us more harm than good.

Over 70,000 people overdosed from drugs in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of those deaths, the CDC says that almost 68% of them were a result of an opioid.

Opioid pills, which kill thousands of Americans every year, are handed out like candy. Yet when a person says they treat their ailments with marijuana, they’re still looked at as a criminal.

There has not been one fatal overdose case involving marijuana. Ever. Period. Dot. The. End.

So why vilify this ancient and natural form of medicine? Addiction can happen to anything, don’t make marijuana the scapegoat for that human condition.

You have the option to help you and your neighbor this holiday season by voting to allow medical and recreational marijuana facilities to operate in Estes Park on Dec. 10. Vote yes for cannabis is our healthier choice.

Courtesy of Kind Care of Colorado

Kind Care of Colorado in headquartered in Fort Collins, Co

Source: https://www.eptrail.com/2019/12/04/choosing-a-safer-alternative/