There are several pros and cons to the issue of legalizing medical marijuana NJ. For the purposes of this blog, we will focus on this one:
In a 2019 article by Paul Terpeluk, DO, Medical Director of Employee Health Services of The Cleveland Clinic, he says there are better and safer alternatives to medical marijuana. He wrote a piece entitled “Should ‘Medical Marijuana’ Be Recommended for Patients? Why Our Answer Is ‘No'”.
He points out that in healthcare, a medication is a drug that is put through the ringer, with extensive clinical trials, public hearings and approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Medications are then thoroughly tested for safety and efficacy, and are closely regulated through all stages, from production to distribution. Most importantly, they are accurately dosed, right down to the milligram.
But medical marijuana, he says, doesn’t check those boxes. He believes patients deserve to know that the substance they are using will safely and effectively ease their symptoms. On the other side of the coin, clinicians must have confidence that a treatment they are prescribing their patients will work as it’s supposed to.
Chanda Macias, MBA, PhD, Owner and CEO of National Healing Holistic Center states that marijuana is medicine, plain and simple. To paraphrase her statement from a 2019 article titled “After Medical Marijuana, Broader Legalization Is a Natural Step,” she says marijuana is a plant-based treatment that should be accessible and affordable as part of general healthcare for patients. Scientific data supports the use of medical marijuana to treat conditions, such as seizures and chronic pain.
This plant has been known to treat depression, insomnia, ADHD, pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more. As with any medicine, of course, marijuana must be prescribed and dosed properly in order to ensure its safety.