Cannabis Science is a company located in the state of Colorado – the first state to approve medical marijuana use with some exceptions. These exceptions and codes can be checked out on the state government site. However, one of the major initiatives of this company is to have medical marijuana medicines approved by the Federal Drug and Administration.
When examining the debate, there are arguments to be made on both sides:
The FDA’s Side – one of the requirements mandated by the FDA in order to approve drugs is to weigh both the risks and benefits of a drug. Still, advocates of marijuana use may argue that all drugs present risks. In fact when you read the warning labels on prescription medicines, many patients take a second glance just to see if the relief outweighs the risks. In many cases it does.
The FDA further claims that THC tests reveal that the substance is proven to cause psychotic effects in users, sometimes clouding their judgment. Another important note is that even though marijuana as a plant drug may not be approved by the FDA, its components in other drugs are sometimes passed. These components include THC, and it has been proven – including by the FDA to increase the appetite in HIV patients as well as provide soothing relief for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.
Because medical marijuana cannot be accurately tested in terms of its dose and potency in the raw state of a plant, this presents discrepancies in studies. To gain a better understanding, if you take an over the counter medicine for pain relief, such as popular names like Tylenol or Aleve for instance, one can guarantee that the same pill contains the exact dose as the previous and those that were taken months earlier. This is because it’s a brand, and the ingredients remain the same. The same cannot be said for plant based marijuana use.
Support Groups Initiatives
This is where Cannabis Science steps in. Cannabis Potency can indeed be tested, but the challenge is to maintain consistency in medicines. This is the task that support groups will have to overcome should law enforcement and those against the use of the plant come to an agreement regarding the benefits outweighing the risks. It’s a proven fact that different individuals react to the use of marijuana in different ways, some of which can cause public health hazards.
Some of the health risks include:
Memory – the drug has been proven to compromise one’s memory in the short term.
Driving Hazards – drivers who use medical marijuana sometimes describe themselves as having a delayed reaction when it comes to driving and operating a motor vehicle. This is because marijuana compromises the motor function in the brain and limbs.
Marijuana use can furthermore cause irrational behavior as well as severe anxiety in some. Still it’s important to take an objective approach to assessing marijuana use, as it also presents many benefits as discussed earlier. For updates regarding the progress of lobbies, varied medical marijuana websites supporting advocacy can be read.