6 Common Misconceptions About Cannabis And Medical Marijuana.
Patients all over the U.S are benefiting from the potency of Medical Marijuana (MMJ). Consequently, Florida Medical Marijuana Doctors have taken it upon themselves to educate the public on the efficacy of Medical Marijuana.
MMJ is especially useful for drug-resistant medical conditions. Drug-resistant epilepsy, for example, responds better to Medical Marijuana than to any other treatment approach.
Some people may, however, still have reservations about MMJ. Below we address six common myths about Florida Cannabis and MMJ.
MYTH 1: Medical Marijuana Has Not Undergone Sufficient Scientific Study.
PubMed is an online store for peer-reviewed scientific papers. There are over 21,000 scientific papers in the repository that reference Marijuana and its medical properties. These are more research papers than the papers available for Hydrocodone, Ritalin, Oxycodone, Adderall, and Ibuprofen combined.
The Fact: Medical Marijuana (MMJ) has now been subjected to more scientific study than most over-the-counter drugs.
MYTH 2: Reputable Health Organizations Do Not Support Medical Marijuana.
WebMD published a survey in 2014 that showed 70% of doctors acknowledged the therapeutic potency of Marijuana. 56% even felt that Medical Marijuana should be a legal option for patients. On reputable organizations, The American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, and Epilepsy Foundation of America are some of the most vocal MMJ proponents.
The Fact: Most reputable organizations support Medical Marijuana. Three out of four healthcare providers attest to the therapeutic efficacy of Marijuana and its extracts.
MYTH 3: Marijuana Is Too Addictive To Be Used Medically.
The IOM (Institute Of Medicine) division of the National Academy of Sciences has a lot to say on the subject. Research by the IOM puts the dependence liability of Marijuana at less than 10%. In layman’s terms, the risk of addiction when using MMJ is similar to the risk of addiction when using antidepressants. Alcohol has an addiction risk factor of 15%. This means that alcohol is 1.5 more addictive than Marijuana.
Florida Medical Marijuana Doctors offer consultation services on MMJ use to patients. Get Marijuana facts from reputable sources.
The Fact: Tobacco has a dependence liability 3.2 times more than Cannabis. Medical Marijuana is less addictive than most conventional medications. It is also far less addictive than most recreational drugs.
MYTH 4: Smoking And Vaping Medical Marijuana Causes Lung Damage.
An interesting study was published by the Journal of The American Medical Association in 2012. The study confirmed that Marijuana smoke does not damage pulmonary function (does not damage lungs). Long-term use of Marijuana was also not associated with increased lung cancers.
The study was the biggest study ever to investigate the effects of Marijuana smoke. Its findings are accepted by many reputable scientific organizations.
The Fact: The Association of Marijuana smoke or Vape with increased lung infections and/or cancers is not verified. No study has, of now, conclusively found data in support of the association.
MYTH 5: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Trigger Increases In Crime.
Two reputable studies fault this claim. The scientific journal PLoS ONE published a study to the contrary in 2014. The study tracked crime rates across 50 states from 1990-2006. 11 MMJ dispensaries were opened during the research.
The study found no connection between crime rates and MMJ dispensaries. The results confirmed findings by a 2012 federally commissioned study on the influence of MMJ dispensaries on crime rates.
The Fact: No scientific or empirical evidence links Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to increased crime.
MYTH 6: Medical Marijuana Makes Patients Too High To Work.
Marijuana has many chemicals called Cannabinoids. THC (TetraHydroCannabinol) is one among many cannabinoids. THC is psychoactive. This means that it causes a euphoric ‘high’ when it enters the blood stream. There are many Cannabinoids that are not psychoactive. CBD (Cannabidiol), for example, is a potent non-psychoactive Cannabinoid. It has no ‘high’ and has proven medical potency.
The Fact: MMJ does not necessarily come in a psychoactive form. Even when the MMJ is smoked, the dosage is such that patients will not be incapacitated.
Medical Marijuana is a potent medical option for many patients. It has helped countless patients through difficult conditions. Get the facts from reputable sources.
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