The Stigma Needs to End

Imagine watching someone you love suffer from a painful, debilitating disease. Wouldn’t you want to do whatever it takes to help them feel better again? Marijuana can help. The stigma attached to marijuana is unfair and is not an accurate portrayal of how it actually works. Medical marijuana has been known for thousands of years to help manage pain. However, it was banned in the United States in 1937 thanks to false claims and racial stereotypes. Now that time has passed and medical research is being done, it’s time for the stigma to end. Marijuana helps people with many maladies and diseases and is not the demonic gateway drug that it was once claimed to be.

What Are the Benefits?

THC and CBD are the two active chemicals in marijuana that talk to your body and help relieve pain. While THC does give you a high, it is fighting discomfort and easing tension at the same time. The high that it gives is relaxing; it does not give users “bloodlust” or “superhuman strength.” Instead, studies have proven that medical marijuana helps with a number of ailments, including but not limited to:

Stomach and digestive disorders

Anxiety and depression

High blood pressure

Epilepsy and seizures

Insomnia

Knowledge is power. Learning the truth about marijuana and not blindly believing what the media says can help the negative associations to end. For all the benefits it offers, it is cruel to keep marijuana out of the hands of the people who need it most.