Despite there being an increasing amount of research that has indicated that medicinal marijuana is an effective method of treatment for a whole host of debilitating conditions, experts have stated that more research is needed before the drug is legalised on a global scale.
Proven to help patients manage common diseases such as Arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease and MS right through to Anxiety, Depression and Epilepsy, more people than ever before are using the drug to help treat symptoms such as nausea, chronic pain, sleep deprivation, as well as the severity and frequency of seizures.
Of course, the debate surrounding whether or not medicinal marijuana should be legalised has continued to divide opinions around the world, mainly because many experts have stated that patients should steer on the side of caution before using the drug, as far more research is needed that looks at the effects of the drug on the body.
A number of states and countriesaround the world have already legalised the drug for medicinal purposes, allowing patients to use the drug without fear of prosecution.
However, a number of health charities, doctors and scientists have urged the Government to study the health effects and potential therapeutic benefits of medicinal marijuana further before legalising the drug.
The Medical Cannabis Research Roundtable issued a report earlier this year that called on the government to invest $25 million over the next five years for the research. This would allow researchers to explore the many medicinal benefits of the drug, in order to determine marijuana’s place in the world of medicine.
Dr. Jason McDougall, a professor of pharmacology and anesthesia at Dalhousie University in Halifax has been quoted in a well known media publication stating: “As our country embarks on a debate about the legalization of recreational marijuana, we should not lose sight of the need to invest in medical science and proper trials to better understand the impacts and effects of medical cannabis.
“Physicians and patients are left with uncertainty about the potential therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis and particularly the potential to bring relief to those living with chronic pain.”
Over the past decade, attitudes have certainly changed when it comes to the wider social acceptance of marijuana.
This is because people have started to realise that there is far more to the drug than the ‘high effect’ that has become synonymous with the controversial substance.
However, although science has increasingly proved that marijuana can help to treat a diverse range of conditions, it has also revealed that it can harm too, especially the brains of younger people.
With this in mind, medicinal professionals are calling on the Government to invest more in medicinal marijuana research, so that’s the drugs effects on the body can be explored further.