There are various reasons that actually make the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to deny the use of Marijuana as a medication. One of the key aspect that hinders the use of Marijuana as medication is the fact that the drug has severe effects to the human body. For this reason, the Federal Authority together with the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has refused to allow the legal use of Marijuana as medication. Although Marijuana has been found out to be remarkably effective in reducing vomiting in patients suffering from Cancer, the use of the drug is still denied (Wendy and Webb, 75). This is because the moment Marijuana will be allowed to be used in the community, the other members of the community who are not sick will also use the drug for their own benefits. This is why the National Institute on Drug Abuse has denied the legal use of Marijuana in the community.
Has the National Institute on Drug Abuse managed to stop scientific research concerning marijuana and medication?
According to the authors Chapkis et al, the use of Marijuana as a drug has not yet been approval by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This is because although the scientists have been researching on the drug, there has been no evidence whereby the drug has been used to heal a dying patient. For this reason, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has continuously denied the claims that Marijuana is highly effective in the healing of the cancer patients. The National Institute on Drug Abuse also insists that Marijuana is not effective to the patient in the crude botanical form. This is when still in the form of flowers and the leaves of the cannabis plant. This makes the Federal Authority to reject the use of Marijuana as medication especially when still raw (Wendy and Webb, 81). The plant is only a drug when it has been manufactured into tablets that have been approved by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Have the scientist proved that Marijuana can be used as medication?
Various researches have been conducted concerning Marijuana as medication especially in the cure of Cancer. For this reason, several scientists have been allowed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to research more concerning the issue. The research has been successful in the sense that Marijuana has been found out to be very useful in the cure of cancer patients. Marijuana as medication is used to stop patients from vomiting which reduces dehydration of the body (Wendy and Webb, 79). This prevents the patients from loosing excess water which is very vital for survival.
Chapkis, Wendy and Richard J. Webb. Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine.
New York: New York University Press., 2008, Pp. 64-85
(Wendy and Webb, 69)