Some say it should be legalized. Some say it should remain illegal. Some say it has ruined lives. Some say it has saved lives. It’s the great debate. What I speak of, is marijuana.
For as long as I can remember, marijuana has been a drug that has always been linked with trouble. Gangs and fights. Arrests and a road to a dead end. For some, this is indeed the case. However, times have changed and the perception of marijuana has altered quite a bit. Though there are the select bunch that do abuse this drug, this drug is also now beginning to be looked upon as something to improve the lives, and save the lives of those who are sick or stricken with illnesses.
When the term “Medical Marijuana” first began to appear in main stream, many who opposed scoffed at the term deeming it merely an excuse to abuse drugs. I remember hearing talk show host Montel Williams coming out as being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and using medical marijuana to ease his pain. For me, this was the first official coming out of a famous face using marijuana medicinally. It was not received well, to my recollection, however compassion for his condition was present. As years progressed, more and more studies were happening looking into the medicinal usage of marijuana. Dispensaries were beginning to open up in more and more locations. Licenses were beginning to be issued by doctors for various conditions such as AIDS, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Crohn’s, Glaucoma and many others.
In 2008, I was diagnosed with Epilepsy and I had MUCH to learn about this condition and I indeed learned quite a bit! Soon, I began to hear rumblings of Medical Marijuana being a contender to battling seizures. The idea seemed a bit odd to me as marijuana is known for altering ones state of mind for a “High” feeling. How could such a drug aid someone’s seizures? However there is much more to it than most people think.
There is no “High” involved at all as a matter of fact. Scientists and medical professionals are currently working on ways to use aspects of the drug to help manage seizure activity in the brain without the hallucinating high effects. It has sparked intrigue with Epilepsy patients, families of those diagnosed and more! There are people on both sides of the fence and even riding the fence. I am of course one who does indeed ride the fence.
I personally do not use medical marijuana, however I don’t quite oppose the idea of medical marijuana either. I believe more research aught to be done but the idea shouldn’t be overlooked. I believe if it can help save lives, better lives, why not give it a look? Why not give it a chance? I’ve written a personal blog on the matter on my wesbite: http://tiffanykairos.com/
Medical Marijuana is a debate that I forsee going forward for years to come. I predict that one day it will be legalized for medicinal usage.
I look forward to hearing feedback!