84% Think Medical Cannabis Should Be Legal: 4 Health Facts to Convince the Other 16%

Although it is still controversial, the idea of medical cannabis is becoming more popular. According to Business Insider, 84% of the population believe that it should be legalized. If you’re still on the fence about this issue, there are several health benefits that you should be aware of.

It’s a Safe Alternative to Opioids

Drug-related overdoses have reached epidemic levels across the country. The majority of these are related to opioids, which are prescribed for chronic pain. Early analysis of medical marijuana indicates that it can help reduce opioid prescriptions, as well as opioid abuse.

It Doesn’t Lead to Increased Usage Among Young Adults

If you’re concerned about how much marijuana your teenager is smoking, a study by researchers at Columbia University will relieve your worries. The study revealed that even after medical marijuana laws were passed, there was no discernible difference in the drug’s usage. In fact, when Colorado legalized marijuana, the percentage of teenagers who smoked pot actually declined.

It’s Been Used to Treat Epilepsy

There are many different types of medical marijuana. One of these is a chemical extract of the drug, known as cannabidiol, or CBD. It has a lower level of THC which is the chemical most commonly associated with the psychological “high” of marijuana.


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CBD was found effective when used in conjunction with the patients’ existing treatment. Another study analyzed the drug Epidiolex, which is made of almost pure CBD. The study discovered that it reduces seizures.

The most popular CBD-based drug is known as “Charlotte’s Web,” so named for a girl named Charlotte Figi. She has a severe type of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome that couldn’t be treated with traditional medication. Her seizures were almost completely eliminated after taking the strain in an oil form.

It Has a Positive Impact on Mental Health

Marijuana is often enjoyed recreationally by artists and musicians who claim it boosts their creativity. However, the drug has significant implications in other brain functions as well. Science proves that marijuana can, in low dosages, soothe anxiety. It can also benefit veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Cannabis has been used throughout history to address health conditions ranging from the mild to the severe. However, if you’re still not convinced, visit your local medical marijuana advocacy group. They can give you additional information and resources about the benefits of legalizing this drug.

Hannah WhittenlyHannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.