With the marijuana holiday 4/20 coming up we think it’s a good time to talk about medical marijuana’s long and hard history. This way when you’re sitting down and enjoying your medical marijuana, or CBD, you will know exactly why this form of treatment is so unique and important. Medical marijuana has been around for ages now; however, it seems like it is a decently new form of treatment due to the popularity of it now verses its popularity in the past. Even a few years ago it did not have as much of a presence in society. The problem with medical marijuana was never if it worked or not, but more so how society viewed marijuana use. It’s safe to say that medical marijuana has never been more accepted than it is today. This is huge and exciting news for many who live their life with various conditions or chronic pain. Now more than ever is this form of treatment easy for people to access. This form of treatment is something worth celebrating on 4/20. We are not only celebrating how effective it has been for people health-wise but also how much progress it has made in being seen as an accepted form of treatment. There are many other reasons why marijuana is just now making progress towards acceptance, but it mainly comes down to how we view it as a society.
Research, Research, and More Research
Not only has society decided to accept marijuana but so have many scientists and federal bodies. In 2019 the United States Department of Justice, DOJ released a statement saying that the Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, was going to begin to do some studies on the plant. Scientists from all over the country decided that they wanted to be considered for this kind of research and began to flood the DEA with applications. There were many obstacles to getting these studies started; one obstacle even went as far as a potential researcher filing a lawsuit against the DEA. Essentially, the announcement was successful and led to 40% more research being done on marijuana than ever before. More and more information about the benefits of the plant was coming to light. At this point, some states that were not medically legalized went ahead and changed that.
Schedule 1 Drug List
A huge part of why some were turned off to Marijuana at first was because of its standing in the federal government’s eyes. The 1970s brought about the Controlled Substances Act which long story short, categorized drugs. Marijuana was listed as a Schedule 1 drug along with drugs like heroin, LSD, and meth. Heroin and meth paint such a bad picture that some people were immediately turned off to the idea of marijuana. No one even considered that something grouped in with those kinds of drugs could provide any health benefit. This general view of marijuana was not all wrong for being hesitant at the time. Schedule 1 drugs are those that are grouped in that category because they are supposed to provide no medical benefit and are likely to be abused. Boy did marijuana prove everyone wrong.
Like many things in the world, there is only one way to find out if it can truly help people or not, and that is done through science. Thankfully, many studies have been done since the 1970s to prove the medical value that medical marijuana can have. Not only have these studies shed light on a new and natural approach to medicine, but it also has reduced the stigma on marijuana and those who use it. Our specialists here at MMJ Care MD are here to deliver the facts and ensure you know everything you want and need to know about using medicinal marijuana as a form of treatment. We make sure that our specialists are people who you can trust when talking about your medical history. If you have been thinking about getting your medical marijuana license then now is a great time to book an appointment with us and find out if this form of medicine is right for you. Give us a call at (561) 208-8455 for all your Palm Beach County medical marijuana needs. If you live in Broward we can be reached at (954) 780-7165. We even go as far south as Miami, reach us there at (786) 899-0004.