Marijuana has been around for thousands of years and used in a variety of ways ranging from cloth-making to therapeutic treatments. In the past decade or so, it has been thrust into mainstream consciousness due to the advocacy of marijuana as a medical substance. Experts, both real and self-styled, have provided numerous ailments, diseases, and conditions for which marijuana can or has proven to be therapeutic to one degree or another.

Studies have been conducted in several countries to evaluate the efficacy of marijuana as a healing agent, and documentation exists in abundance to support claims that marijuana, or some components of the plant, do have medicinal properties. It is commonly accepted that marijuana is exceedingly beneficial to persons undergoing chemotherapy for a variety of reasons such as alleviating suffering from chronic pain, loss of appetite, nausea, emesis (vomiting), and other symptoms associated with many conditions.

Marijuana has also been documented as being effective for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and severe anxiety. The Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC) states that many veterans advocate the use of marijuana to treat PTSD as a means of mitigating the depression, alienation, and frequent suicide attempts common among veterans. New York University’s Langone Medical Research Center has also found evidence that marijuana is effective for treating PTSD. A patient’s perspective provides a testimonial as to how marijuana was the only substance that could successfully alleviate anxiety and panic attacks after many other remedies were tried (and failed).

The documentation and evidence from scientific studies and thorough evaluations continue to support the claim that marijuana does, in fact, have healing properties that can sometimes exceed those of traditional medications. Regardless of its placement on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the proof is in the pudding, and the pudding says pot is therapeutic.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.

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