Medical Marijuana Essay

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Marijuana in society today is known as a gateway drug. Most teenagers start smoking marijuana and move on to more addictive drugs. This at first may seem like your regular legalize weed essay from a pot head student in class, but it is far from it. About 12 years ago, my mother started getting the welt like hives all over her body that would itch uncontrollably and hurt. She would get them in her eyes and ears anywhere; you can imagine. We could not figure out what was wrong with her. We assumed she had an allergic reaction to something around her. One day her hemoglobin dropped so low doctors were amazing she was even conscious. We took her to the hospital, and they could not diagnose her with anything they gave her a shot of a Corticosteroid called prednisone. Therefore, they sent her to a rheumatologist, which is a doctor, those diagnosis patients and tells them what to do to manage their disease. The rheumatologist could not pin point what was going on with my mom, but he knew it seemed a lot like lupus. He then decided to diagnose her with autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks red blood cells as a threat to the body and destroys them. In lemans terms, she is allergic to herself. My mother had to begin take a Corticosteroid called prednisone to suppress her immune system. Taking prednisone over a long period can be harmful to the individual giving them mood swings and making the gain unnecessary weight (Staff, Mayo Clinic). I was researching treatments for autoimmune hemolytic anemia when I came across an article about a drug called Sativex, which is a liquid spray form of medical marijuana (Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases). I begin to search around about marijuana and any positive medical effects it has towards autoimmune diseases. I found a minimal amount of information about marijuana and autoimmune diseases and I figured there had to be other diseases marijuana can help treat.
I began my search looking for what marijuana is and its effects on the body. I came across an article which said Marijuana is the crude drug derived from the plant cannabis sativa L ( ElSohly,Mahmoud A., and Desmond Slade 1). I continued reading because I wanted to know what made marijuana a “drug”. The study then stated marijuana contains a complex chemical make up because it has some many constituents, and they all have the ability to interact with each other. The most psychologically active constituent marijuana contains is THC ( ElSohly, Mahmoud A., and Desmond Slade 2). This means THC is the chemical which gives an individual the feel of being “high”. I then began to look in the article for what make marijuana an effective “medicine”. At first, it was hard to find, and I began to look for another study with information regarding what makes marijuana an effective medicine. I then found and study, which said THC, is the most psychologically active constituent, but THC is...

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