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   Legalization of Cannabis


Frederick Opoku Kumi


 


December 3, 2023


 


The legalization of Cannabis has been one of the biggest political moves throughout our generation and has been one of the most controversial in politics. The benefits of cannabis have been misunderstood and the plant has never been taken seriously and has faced a lot of stigmatization and negative opinions about it. For a long time the government has been pushing a negative stereotype to the people about it and has been pulling the people away from it through propaganda and media agenda’s. Cannabis has a lot of important benefits medically and personally has been useful throughout the years for so many useful reasons. 38 states have legalized it medically and 23 states have legalized the recreational use of it. Before the drug was legalized it went numerous stages from it being decriminalized to it being legalized in California in 1996 and then Washington and Colorado legalized for recreational use.


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According to bloomberg(hyper-link), “There is more evidence for certain indications than for others, like CBD for seizures—one of the first indications that cannabis was approved for. And THC has been used effectively for things like nausea and appetite for people with cancer.There are other indications where the evidence is a lot more mixed. For example, pain—one of the main reasons that people report for using cannabis. When we talk to patients, they say cannabis improves their quality of life. In the big studies that have been done so far, there are some indications from animal models that cannabis might help [with pain]. When we look at human studies, it's very much a mixed bag”. This means that cannabis hasn’t been further researched like other drugs but some research still shows that it still helps with  seizures, nausea, appetite, pain and cancer. There are different strains and each strain has its own benefits and as time goes on the research team would be able to catch up with the numerous strains and be able to determine the medical benefits of each strain. Recreational use has also expanded since people like to smoke it for personal use as well.


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