Why is Medical Cannabis important?
An opioid epidemic is sweeping across many nations and claiming the lives of those who take prescription opiates for medical purposes or for recreational purposes. It is well known that cannabis kills nobody given the fact that there are no cannabinoid receptors in the vital brainstem area. In attempts to determine the LD50 (lethal dose) of cannabis, the only way that researchers were able to kill monkeys was to crush them under the weight of the plants (not in reality.) More and more studies are indicating that cannabis can mitigate the dose of opioids required for pain control. In one study patients preferred cannabis to opiates for reasons including; fewer side effects, better symptom control, and obvious safety benefits. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5563007/
For many conditions and symptoms, ranging from nausea/vomiting to seizures, cannabis not only works better than the standard of care, in some patients it is the only thing that works. https://www.nap.edu/resource/24625/Cannabis-conclusions.pdf
Finally, it is important to erase the stigma that was created initially on behalf of special interests. As difficult as this has been to accept, it is the reason that Key Opinion Leaders like Doctor Sanjay Gupta of the US have said that “We have been systematically misled in this country for 70 years and I apologize for my role in that.” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/08/sanjay-