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The Negative Consequences of Medical Marijuana

There is much debate around medical marijuana. So much so that many people are beginning to question if Marijuana is truly harmful. The fact is that it has been known and well documented for many years as a harmful drug and major American health organizations do not accept marijuana as medicine.

Media has pushed pro marijuana at society causing the drug to become less of a concern. Marijuana has become so mainstream that even young children no longer view Marijuana to be dangerous as they once did 20 years ago. What the media is failing to share with the general public is that just like any other medical drug, marijuana can be toxic and there are potential dangers associated with its use.

Drugs Do Not Cure People, The Body Cures Itself

The medical community knows that drugs do not sure people, the body simply cures itself. The body can be slow at picking up on illness from time to time, this is when medical drugs are important as they ease symptoms and speed up the healing process. Many people are now under the misconception that marijuana cures cancer and other medical conditions such as Glaucoma.

The Risk of Side Effects

Marijuana does not only produce the effect in which its use is intended for. It also produces side effects, some of which can be dangerous. THC found in marijuana is a neurotoxin, which is a substance that damages or impairs the functions of nerve tissue. Short term side effects of Marijuana use include:

  • memory loss
  • difficulty in learning
  • distorted perception
  • trouble with thinking and problem solving
  • loss of motor skills
  • decrease in muscle strength
  • increased heart rate
  • anxiety
No FDA Approval

Currently the FDA has not approved marijuana for medical use, as the drug is still a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana is classed along side drugs such as heroin and cocaine, all of which are Schedule I drugs. These drugs are classified as having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and lack of accepted safety for use even under medical supervision.

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