Despite the fact that federal law states that it is illegal to grow and sell marijuana, during the November election, both Washington and Colorado decriminalized its use for recreational purposes.
Why are states beginning to embrace this substance that’s been fought against and banned for so many years? To find out, Jim Schneider interviewed Dr. David Stevens. Dr. Stevens is the Chief Executive Officer of the Christian Medical & Dental Association, the nation’s largest faith-based organization of doctors.
According to Dr. Stevens, there is some evidence that marijuana can be helpful in certain situations, but he was careful to note that there are much better ways to obtain the benefits without smoking a “joint”.
He described marijuana as a psycho-active drug that causes users to experience a sense of euphoria. It decreases some of the tension for people that have glaucoma. It has some anti-nausea capabilities which are sometimes helpful for patients who suffer from severe nausea or vomiting from chemotherapy. It must be pointed out, however, that there are other drugs that work better.
The problem with using marijuana, even for so-called “medicinal purposes”, is that the user ends up also subjecting themselves to over 400 vasoactive substances within the smoke just to obtain the beneficial effects of THC, marijuana’s active ingredient.
In addition, a person must also realize that there’s no F.D.A. approval, no regulation of the manufacturer, no standard dose, no safe delivery system, no knowledge of its interaction with other drugs a person might be taking and more. The verdict? According to Dr. Stevens, the negative effects of marijuana far outweigh the beneficial ones.