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Marijuana as Medicine More Harm Than Help Wade Cleland AP English Language and Composition Mrs Czupryk 18 April 1998 Cleland 1 Marijuana as Medicine More Harm Than Help Joan Daly smokes marijuana She is also a former member of the San Francisco Police Department When Joan was diagnosed with cancer she began a rigorous chemotherapy program which has left her in an almost constant state of nausea to battle her disease She and many like her claim that the only drug they have tried that works to ease their pain is marijuana Lacayo np Claims such as this have led to a national movement pushing the legalization of medical marijuana Marijuana should not be legalized for medicine or any other purpose 98 Naturally those who support the cause of legalization will have their arguments which can be summarized into three main areas The first is the claim that marijuana is an instrumental treatment for the nausea associated with chemotherapy in cancer patients The next assertion is that marijuana is an effective controller of glaucoma Finally marijuana advocates claim that it is effective in stimulating the appetite for the prevention of AIDS wasting syndrome 71 Proponents of medical marijuana swear by its ability to ease the suffering of chemotherapy patients however there is no research to back these staunch claims To be sure there is a large body of research regarding cannabinoids the chemicals found in plants of the same type as marijuana- the cannabis family but the overwhelming majority of those studies use the already USDA approved dronabinol a synthetic pill version of marijuanas main psychoactive ingredient THC NIH np The pill claim legalization supporters does not work to relieve nausea Lacayo np There is in fact only one study that has compared smoked marijuana and synthetic THC pills Of the 20 patients studied 9 had no preference 7 preferred dronabinol and only 4 preferred smoked marijuana NIH np Critics of the legalization Cleland 2
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