Cannabis on prescription – the future of medical marijuana | DW Documentary

Cannabis on prescription - the future of medical marijuana | DW Documentary
Cannabis, also known as marijuana or weed, is being legalized for medicinal use in a growing number of countries. Perceptions towards cannabis are changing. [Online until: 16.10.2018]

The list of diseases that the drug cannabis can reportedly alleviate or even cure is long: multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic pain – even brain tumors. But has research really documented the effectiveness of medical marijuana? Cannabis has long been held to have healing properties, and has been used as a medicinal and recreational drug in world cultures for thousands of years. It wasn’t until the 20th century that marijuana was branded a corrupting influence and banned in many countries. Cannabis was seen as a stepping-stone to harder substances, and possession became a punishable offence. Because of weed’s association with criminal activity, even scientific research into marijuana was off-limits. But in recent years there’s been a turnaround, with increasing numbers of patients using cannabis for medicinal purpose. Today therapeutic use of cannabis is permitted in more than 30 countries. In the United States, families with children suffering from epilepsy are even moving to states that have decriminalized the drug cannabis for medical use. As a result of these developments, scientific research into the therapeutic uses of cannabis is booming. Recent studies confirm that cannabinoids may offer an alternative to conventional treatments for multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, epilepsy and certain forms of cancer. They’ve also been shown to alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy. The growing medical interest in this miracle weed appears to be winning over pubic opinion too. This report delves into the facts about this controversial plant and lets scientists at the forefront of cannabis research have their say.

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10 thoughts on “Cannabis on prescription – the future of medical marijuana | DW Documentary”

  1. This is a semantic trap. There is no medical marijuana, but some of its compounds are very benefical, some of its strains are very rich in such compounds, and the research and responsive/well-informed cultivation of this plant must be wellcome.

  2. its these big drug manufactures that don't want medical marijuana to see the light of day cause there profits will leave with the back door.

  3. The alcohol lobby, the tobacco lobby and the pharmaceutical lobby aren't too happy about potentially losing customers. This is why so many countries, even some that are otherwise progressive, still haven't legalized medical let alone recreational cannabis use.

  4. The French politicians are lobbied by pharmaceutical companies to keep cannabis off their pharmacies. There is no way that they are allowed to sell other highly addictive drugs while still banning the relatively safe cannabis.

  5. The very problem with weed today is that it is illegal. So, very high THC cannabis has become more common, because it is sells better. We could see this effect during the alcohol prohibition when alcohol was sold with 80% or more of alcohol. Today most people are happy with beer.

    High THC also means low CBC which turns the experience of consuming weed from very positive psychologically speaking to psychotic and paranoidal. The main benefits of weed are psychological and that is why it become illegal in the first place. It makes people think and less controllable. Not something governments like.

    What's wrong with being high anyway? Our view on the pleasure of getting high resonate like the medieval view on orgasm.

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