The debate rages on among marijuana doctors. Some are convinced of its value while others continue to be uncertain of its usefulness. On the pro side of the argument, it has been stated by physicians that medicinal marijuana is less toxic than many of the approved prescription drugs on the market today, while others aren't so sure of that.
Opinions offered by doctors on the pro side include that the drug be reclassified so that patients can use it and not have to worry about legality issues. Some point out that while it has been used for years in the western world, lung diseases have not been attributed to its use. Advocates state that its benefits greatly outweigh its risks. Others in favor of it have called it therapeutically beneficial.
Doctors who are opposed state concerns about its efficacy. Some seem convinced that there is not enough direct proof of its medicinal usefulness to allow it to become legal. Some are worried that legalizing it for medicinal purposes will cause it to be more widely accepted as a recreational drug, as well.
It is also called cannabis. It is green, brown or gray in color and comes from the hemp plant. This plant became widely known during the 1960's as it was utilized as a recreational drug. As a recreational drug, some think of marijuana as a totally harmless way to relax and feel peaceful. Many think that it's safer than drinking alcohol. Alcohol is known to alter coordination, judgment, and one's ability to drive. Alcohol is also known to escalate violent tempers and to do away with inhibitions.
As a medicine, cannabis is said to be helpful with glaucoma, nausea, vomiting and PMS. It is reported that it also helps to alleviate problems with appetite, asthma, and spastic movement disorders. Digestive and intestinal distresses responded favorably, as well. Studies have shown the drug to aid in improvement with inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Alzheimer's disease, brain cancer, lung cancer, HIV/AIDS have been added to the list, as well.
Many states have voted to allow marijuana to become a legal option to help with a variety of health conditions. Clinics that have marijuana doctors on staff can be found through online sites listing organizations and their locations. These physicians are able to examine patients, as well as their current prescriptions and health records in order to make a determination if this is an appropriate option for them.