Cannabis is an interesting industry in the United States, because for so long the stigma has been that it is an illegal drug that creates lazy people who sit on the couch all day. Nowadays, people are finally starting to come around to the idea that marijuana can actually be really beneficial to medical patients who are constantly struggling with chronic disease, pain, stress, anxiety, and many other conditions that would normally be treated with harmful prescription medications or something like that. It is true that marijuana is more natural than a lot of the prescription drugs out there, especially when it comes to the drug options for treating anxiety and depression. Why are opioids such a problem for us as a country? Because they are fundamentally and inherently addictive and they basically poison people’s bodies until they overdose and die from the drugs.
Cannabis, on the other hand, is becoming recognized as a safer and more natural way to treat these problems. The disadvantage that cannabis has right now is the fact that there is very little research that has been officially done into the nature of the plant. This is because, up until the recent decades, it was a completely illegal substance and was never really studied in clinical trials. However, this is going to be changing in recent years. As marijuana becomes more and more popular across the United States, more clinical health studies and trials have been done to research its effects on treating chronic disease, cancers, diabetes, and mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. Now that cannabis is becoming more legal and accepted, we can hopefully see an influx of funding to various researchers in order to do more work and find out more about the health benefits of cannabis.
Not surprisingly, the data that cannabis is a safe and natural treatment option is piling up all over the world. However, many governments and health officials argue that we are currently unable to research the long term effects of marijuana and therefore cannot be assured that it is completely safe. I would counter this point by bringing up a new study released in 2020 that may change that. This study could potentially allow the federal government to medically justify the use of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug.
This is really great news for those of us who have been rallying behind the idea of medical grade cannabis for years. While the progress to legalize marijuana in the United States has been extremely slow, things are finally starting to pick up in recent years. Hopefully we can see legalizing marijuana on a federal level within the next decade or so. It is also worth noting that there have been many petitions created by patients and pro-cannabis organizations that would like to see marijuana be treated as a medical treatment option rather than a controlled substance. Legalizing weed will also decriminalize it for people who have been incarcerated due to possession of consumption of marijuana.
So what does the FDA have to say about this? It makes sense that the Federal Food and Drug Administration would like to know that marijuana is more than safe if they are going to approve it for public use. Especially when we look at examples from our history, like tobacco, that used to be viewed as safe and effective for all sorts of things. Now we know that tobacco is really bad for the human body and mind. The FDA has been slowly approving medical cannabis in a variety of ways, and I am looking forward to the government fully approving cannabis in the near future.