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Therapeutical Marijuana

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The Use Of Marijuana Therapeutically

Thesis: Studies show that there is sufficient evidence for

the legalization of marijuana medically prescribed

for terminally ill patients and people with chronic pain.

I. Pharmacological effects of marijuana

A. Beneficial effects

1. Long term

2. Short term

B. Adverse effects

1. Long term

2. Short term

II. Therapeutic effects in clinical trials

A. Stimulates appetite

B. Relieves nausea and vomiting

C. Relieves pain

D. Acts as a sedative

III. Opinions

A. Public

B. Government

C. Medical

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Historically marijuana or cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Between 1840 and 1900, Europeans and American medical journals published more than 100 articles on its therapeutic uses. It has only been in the past 60 years that it has been illegal. In recent years the subject of legalizing marijuana for the use of medical purposes has been one of great controversy. Both opponents and proponents have strong convictions on the subject.
According to Reuters Report, Richard N. Gottried, chair of New York State Assembly Committee on Health said, "Medically approved use of marijuana can improve the well-being of thousands of New Yorkers with serious or life threatening medical conditions." In no way is marijuana a cure for any disease, and certainly has no beneficial long term effects. But it has proved to be more effective than conventional antinauseants according…

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