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Does marijuana have medical benefits?

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Background

There has been debate over the medically beneficial usage of marijuana. Does "medical marijuana" really exist?

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Arguments For

Yes, marijuana has real medical benefits.

Marijuana absolutely has medical benefits, such that a pharmaceutical drug was created which is a synthetic copy of marijuana. Marinol, a prescription pharmaceutical drug contains THC, the ingredient found in marijuana. Marinol is prescribed to relieve nausea and vomiting, as well as assist with loss of appetite.[1]

Cannabidol (CBD) has been clinically demonstrated to have, "analgesic, antispasmodic, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, antinausea, and anti-rheumatoid arthritic properties."[2]

Arguments Against

No, marijuana has no medical benfits.

Products like Marinol have the same active ingredient as marijuana, but are closely regulated for quantity and quality. Smoked marijuana contains over 400 chemicals, many of which are the same hazardous substances found in tobacco.[1] The dangers associated with smoking marijuana substitutes any possible benefit.

Sources


 1  Marinol - the Legal Medical Use for the Marijuana Plant United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Fetched Sept 14, 2009 (USDOJ.gov)
 2  Marinol vs Natural Cannabis Aug 11, 2005 NORML Foundation (NORML.org)

 3  Medical marijuana law creates confusion in Wash. Sept 20, 2009 Johnson, Gene (KansasCity.com)

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