Marijuana as Medicine: The Science Beyond the Controversy by Alison Mack

By Alison Mack

A few humans be afflicted by persistent, debilitating problems for which no traditional remedy brings reduction. Can marijuana ease their signs? would it not be breaking the legislation to show to marijuana as a drugs?

There are few assets of target, scientifically sound suggestion for individuals during this state of affairs. such a lot books approximately marijuana and medication try to advertise the perspectives of advocates or rivals. To fill the space among those extremes, authors Alison Mack and Janet pleasure have extracted serious findings from a contemporary Institute of drugs research in this very important factor, analyzing them for a common viewers.

Marijuana As medication? offers patients-as good because the those who deal with them--with a origin for making judgements approximately their very own wellbeing and fitness care. This empowering quantity examines numerous key issues, together with: no matter if marijuana can relieve a number of signs, together with soreness, muscle spasticity, nausea, and urge for food loss; the risks of smoking marijuana, in addition to the consequences of its energetic chemical parts at the immune approach and on mental wellbeing and fitness; and the capability use of marijuana-based drugs on signs of AIDS, melanoma, a number of sclerosis, and several particular issues, compared to current remedies.

Marijuana As drugs? introduces readers to the energetic compounds in marijuana. those comprise the valuable factor in Marinol, a criminal drugs. The authors additionally speak about the customers for constructing different medications derived from marijuana's energetic parts.

In addition to supplying an up to date assessment of the technological know-how in the back of the scientific marijuana debate, Mack and pleasure additionally solution universal questions on the felony prestige of marijuana, explaining the clash among country and federal legislations concerning its clinical use.

Intended essentially as an relief to sufferers and caregivers, this booklet objectively offers severe details in order that it may be used to make in charge health and wellbeing care judgements. Marijuana As drugs? can also be a invaluable source for policymakers, wellbeing and fitness care services, sufferer counselors, scientific school and students--in brief, a person who desires to research extra approximately this crucial factor.

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Indeed, patients in several clinical studies have occasionally had adverse reactions to smoked marijuana, including anxiety, panic, and paranoia. 14 It seems doubtful that anyone who reacted this badly to a medication would want to continue taking it, but it is unclear how many potential users of medical marijuana would fall into that category. No drug—including conventional medications used to treat symptoms for which marijuana has been touted—is free of side effects, however. Medicines represent a balance of risks and benefits.

All rights reserved. 38 HOW HARMFUL IS MARIJUANA? 39 tent evidence that either substance poses a greater health risk than the other. On the one hand, marijuana joints have been shown to deliver at least four times as much tar to the lungs as tobacco cigarettes of equivalent weight. This difference is due to the lack of filters on joints and because marijuana smokers typically inhale a larger volume of smoke and take it more deeply into the lungs than tobacco smokers do. Marijuana smokers also tend to hold smoke in for a time before exhaling, exposing the lungs to even greater levels of cancer-causing agents.

Marijuana plants make THC through a multistep process, much as chemists do when they synthesize THC in the laboratory. A series of assembly steps combine several simple molecules to form a cannabinoid compound called cannabigerol. Cannabigerol may be subsequently converted to THC or to another cannabinoid called cannabidiol, which may then be modified to produce THC. It in turn may undergo chemical reactions that convert it to yet another cannabinoid, cannabinol. Unlike THC, neither cannabigerol, cannabidiol, nor cannabinol is psychoactive.

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