Medicine has come a long way; in the last century alone, scientists have managed to develop revolutionary new medical treatments once never thought possible. Despite the advances, some valid medical treatments remain underutilized. Scientists have confirmed that medical marijuana can aid in the elimination of tumors in cancer patients, but will federal regulations ever catch up with science?

 

Scientists conducting cancer research on mice at St. George’s University in London combined radiation with two different “cannabinoids” — chemical compounds of the marijuana plant.  They concluded that the presence of these cannabinoids made tumors in the mice more susceptible to the effects of radiation therapy, which in turn increased the efficacy of the overall treatment.

 

Types of marijuana cannabinoids with labels

Cannabinoids are the components that make up cannabis (greenly.me)

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Dr. Wai Lui of St. George’s concluded that this type of “triple threat” treatment could represent an enormous step forward for cancer treatments.

 

Looking beyond cancer treatments, a multitude of studies have shown the potential for medical marijuana to help treat a wide range of ailments. The scope of illnesses ranges from physical to mental, with marijuana treatments shown to have various positive effects in instances of patients with HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and PTSD, just to name a few. In Colorado, a 6-year-old girl suffering from chronic seizures made headlines when her family spoke out about the benefits medical marijuana had on her life.

 

 

Famed 6-year-old Colorado girl sits in a greenhouse growing marijuana for her medical treatment

Medical marijuana helped lower this girl’s daily seizures from 300 to 0 in the first week of treatment (thedenverchannel.com)

While we do see a growing acceptance of these forms of treatment across the nation, marijuana still faces challengers at a federal level. Despite the fact that 23 states have legalized marijuana, current federal laws still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled narcotic.

 

This federal/state conflict often creates enormous amounts of legal red tape that prevent people from acquiring medicine that could make their lives easier. Hope remains that upcoming federal legislation could help alleviate this issue. Until that passes, we will have to continue this national dialogue in the hopes of educating people about the benefits of medical marijuana.

 

What are your thoughts on the legalization of marijuana for medical use? Would you (or a family member) be open to using it? Comment below or tweet @connerws to let us know your thoughts on this issue!