Improve Quality of Life for Patients
While the legal/political community argues about the efficacy of cannabis as medicine, patients around the globe find relief when they add cannabis to their health care routine. Patients report cannabis improves their quality of life by:
- Increasing Appetite – A well-known side-effect of cannabis is appetite stimulation, known by recreational users as "the munchies." As patients suffer through harsh treatments with nausea as a common side-effect, the increased appetite and anti-nausea properties of cannabis allow their bodies to stay strong while they heal.
- Reducing inflammation – In 2003, the federal government, acting through their Department of Health and Human Services, patented cannabinoids (a blanket term for the active ingredients in the cannabis plant) as an anti-inflammatory. When you reduce inflammation, you reduce pain, but inflammation is now believed to be the root cause of other disorders as well. It's a truly Orwellian feat of DoubleThink that the same US government taking out a patent on the medical properties of cannabis a decade ago has somehow kept cannabis on "Schedule 1," a list of drugs which supposedly have no known medical benefits. Advocates of prohibition have some severe problems with logic..
- Reducing anxiety – In states that allow cannabis to be used, patients find their general anxiety levels are greatly reduced. Many drugs currently given for conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) actually list suicide as major side effects. Suicide is trending downward in states with legal medical cannabis access.
Who has legal medical cannabis?
People who live in:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Washington, DC have some sort of limited access program in place.