Medical Marijuana- Benefits

Under the federal law marijuana is classified under Schedule I drug meaning that this drug is highly potential for abuse and there is not accepted for medical use in the United States under federal laws. However, 15 states including Colorado as well as countries such as Canada, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Israel, Spain, and the Netherlands have legalized the use of medical marijuana. This may be because of the many studies that prove the benefit of the drug in the medical field. Medicinal marijuana in Colorado is said to help in the treatment and prevention of advancement of the following diseases:

-Breast cancer – it has been shown that active substances found in marijuana prevent the spread of cancer in the body.

-Multiple Sclerosis – marijuana is a promising treatment for muscle spasticity manifested in multiple sclerosis.

-HIV/AIDS – studies conducted in schools of medicine in California and San Diego had favourable results in decreasing the intensity of neuropathic pain in these -patients. The study was done by smoking medical cannabis four times daily.

-Alzheimer’s disease – the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have shown to slow down the progression of the disease. The chemical also prevents the formation of proteins that is responsible for the associated memory gaps.

Medicinal marijuana in Colorado use is approved for the following purposes:



-HIV/AIDS positive

-Severe and intractable pain

-General weakness

-Severe nausea

-Seizures caused by diseases

-Constant muscle spasms, and;

-Other conditions enlisted by the Colorado Board of Health.

To be able to smoke medical marijuana, you should be able to qualify and acquire an identification card. You can apply for a medical marijuana card at a department assigned by the state of Colorado to process these applications. In California, they call it Medical Marijuana Program (MMP).