Why Medical Marijuana in the United States Should Be Legal

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Medical marijuana is legal for many Americans, but not all. Read on for why we believe medical marijuana in the United States should be legal for everyone.

Just imagine, you are an American living in northern Idaho dealing with constant anxiety attacks. You have tried almost everything and nothing seems to help. Sure, there are prescription medicines you could take, but you would rather something natural. After doing some research, you discover the healing benefits of medical marijuana. But, despite the legalization in all surrounding states, marijuana is illegal where you live.

This doesn’t seem right, does it? The benefits of marijuana should be available for all Americans across the country, not just specific states.

However, each state has its own regulations on the use of medical and recreational marijuana. Meanwhile, at the federal level marijuana is still considered to be a schedule 1 substance in the United States; which means it has a high potential for dependency. With all the new research being done on the benefits of marijuana, hopefully, this issue will be resolved.

FYI: Marijuana is illegal in these states:

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  • Alabama
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

This is the updated list as of May 2020. For more information click here.

Healing benefits of Medical Marijuana

People all over the world have been using marijuana for its medicinal potential for centuries. Unfortunately, in the United States, the plant was outlawed in 1937 and the war on drugs began.

Fast forward to the 21st century, we are beginning to revisit the medicinal powers of the cannabis plant. Here are some common uses of medical marijuana:

Pain management

One of the most common uses of medical marijuana is for pain management. People suffering from neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or other forms of chronic pain are desperate for relief of their symptoms. Luckily, cannabis has an analgesic effect that is safe and effective!

Anxiety Relief

Those who suffer from anxiety attacks often take prescription drugs to help level out their nerves. But, these medications often have underlying side-effects. A safe alternative for anxiety relief can come from marijuana, as it has a calming effect. Although, the relief may be temporary. Be sure to use a strain with low THC for the best results. Some people experience increased anxiety when smoking cannabis with a high THC level.

Treating Eating Disorders

eating disorders in the United States

Most people commonly associate stoners with having the “munchies.” It is a fair statement because more often then not, shortly after smoking weed a person gets a strong sense of hunger! This is not necessarily a bad thing. For people with eating disorders, using medical marijuana may assist their appetite. In the U.S. at least 30 million people suffer from eating disorders.

Did you know – eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness? Imagine all the people who could benefit from medical marijuana to help beat this problem!

Restful Sleep

Cannabis strains with a high level of THC are known to help with sleep. Cannabis can help reduce sleep latency, induce drowsiness, and improve the quality of sleep. Medical marijuana can be used as a treatment for sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia.

Medical marijuana in the United States should be legalized.

If medical marijuana were to be legalized, millions of people would be able to stop taking prescription drugs and make the switch to an all-natural substance. Not to mention, with medical cannabis, an overdose is almost non-existent making it a safe alternative to prescription drugs.

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Well, there you have it! We believe medical marijuana should be legal and available for all citizens of the united states because the cannabis plant has multiple healing benefits. Medical marijuana a wise solution due to the low-risk factors and high benefits.

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