The world is changing and humans are desperately trying to stay healthy and happy. Unfortunately these two deal makers or breakers are rare commodities depending on the income levels and economic status of the country.
The developing countries have enough to deal with and resort to various outlets for their helpless state of affairs. The developed countries though may look all well and perfect on the outside, are actually suffering the most. The irony is that while their medical accessibility and facilities are so advanced, their problems are also advanced and so a simple treatment is proving to be empty. A case in point, in California USA over 66% respondents in a survey said they are using marijuana as their primary treatment method, thus replacing alcohol.
When you hear the expression, “I am stoned” then it means the person is referring to marijuana, as it is commonly known. This plant cannabis has been known to have psychoactive compound that makes you high. Marijuana has two main chemicals THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which gives the high effect and CBD (cannabidiol) may be the helpful one for health issues according to some research.
Almost half of the United States has legalized marijuana for the use of medical purposes. What are the benefits as per the claims of the researches?
- It can treat glaucoma
- Improve your lung health
- Help with epileptic seizures
- Decreases seizure syndrome
- Stops cancer from spreading
- Decreases anxiety
- Slows progression of Alzheimer’s disease
- Eases pain of multiple sclerosis
While medically the debate will carry on, especially because it is surprising that the West who once ignored the Ayurvedic or Eastern treatments are now gushing about the benefits of garlic and ginger. Eventually pharmaceutical manufacturers will put this as an ingredient and serve it in tablet or syrup form, how will you know?
Legalizing marijuana will create jobs and cash influx, for example according to the Forbes magazine, “North American sales are projected to top $20.2 billion by 2021 assuming a compound annual growth rate of 25%. The report includes Canada for the first time as it moves towards implementing legal adult use marijuana.”
Thus, it is no more about the health issues, since it is about creation of wealth and an alternative industry, but at what expense? Humans are designed not to appreciate enough, so if marijuana is easily available, what about overdoses? In 2014 more people died of overdoes in that year in the US than ever before according to the Centre for Disease Control. While this is a foreign issue, why are we so bothered?
Cannabis is easily able to grow in Southern Africa, thus providing opportunity for income and foreign exchange earners. Farmers in the US are switching to grow cannabis than tobacco. But if the derelict status of tobacco farmers is anything to go by in Africa, then just imagine the impact of cannabis. According to the World Health Organization, “nearly 80% of the world’s 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.”
And “the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing around 6 million people a year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.”
Finally there is no stopping marijuana from becoming its on epidemic, the human population is too busy chasing a happy dream, they are willing to do anything. The voice of the conscious is too small against this fight.