The Stigmas Associated With Medicinal Marijuana

There is so much stigma attached to the usage of recreational and medicinal marijuana that it makes it difficult for individuals to be feel comfortable using it. Consider alcohol on the other hand: year after year, people die from car collisions due to drunk drivers. There is so much obvious harm in drinking alcohol that if you consider the reasons marijuana is not more widely accepted, it all sounds ridiculous.

While one can consider the obvious benefits of drinking alcohol, which is to relax, there really is nothing beneficial about this activity. A lot of people start doing it due to peer or social pressure, to fit in. However, scratch beneath the surface and marijuana wins in this category.

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The Many Benefits Of Medicinal Marijuana

While recreational uses of marijuana can not be denied, the benefits of medicinal marijuana are still being studied. Studies are already showing that medicinal marijuana can calm down seizures in patients who have epilepsy; in some extreme cases, for whatever reason, noticeably so.

Medicinal marijuana can also be used to “calm the nerves” or to help with anxiety attacks (also known as panic attacks). Traditional medicines that are used for anxiety attacks such as Hydroxyzine or Xanax have other side effects which patients may not be happy with. For instance, Hydroxyzine is great for calming down nausea and heart palpitations but also will cause extreme drowsiness. This can make it dangerous for someone to take a pill if they have to drive, have work in a few hours, or have to take care of young children. Similarly, Xanax has other side effects that may not suit some patients while other patients may be perfectly happy taking it. An alternative medicine for this can easily be medical marijuana.

Another serious use for this amazing plant based drug is for cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy. A cruel side effect of chemotherapy is that patients lose hunger due to nausea induced by the treatment; lack of hunger leads to dramatic weight loss which is not good for cancer patients.

In such cases, medicinal marijuana has been the perfect solution.

While this is a wonderful drug for a lot of illnesses to be treated properly with, the stigma attached to medicinal marijuana may lead to embarrassment or shame for the patient using it. Due to the legality of it in some States in the US, however, opinions of the drug are changing and tides are shifting. For instance, this San Diego marijuana delivery dispensary is the first legal one of its kind to have opened up in its space. It is helping change the attitude people have towards its product by providing a clean and safe environment for its patients. However, if a patient does not want to step outside for any reason and come into the store for their purchase, A Green Alternative also provides an app which can be used to order “for delivery”. No longer are patients forced to go into the store unless they feel like it.