THC slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that creates them. These plaques kill the brain cells that potentially lead to Alzheimer’s disease. The breaking down of these cells prevent Alzheimer’s to never grow in the brain and stop it all together. (Janda,2006)
Researchers from the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute showed that extremely low doses of THC reduce the production of amyloid beta, found in a soluble form in most aging brains, and prevent abnormal accumulation of this protein — a process considered one of the pathological hallmarks evident early in the memory-robbing disease. These low concentrations of THC also selectively enhanced mitochondrial function, which is needed to help supply energy, transmit signals, and maintain a healthy brain (Baier, 2014).
While researchers have not seen much success in using medical marijuana to fight the creation of beta amyloid plagues, new research did not see a statistically big significant difference when using medical marijuana to treat symptoms that are associated with dementia. “A research team from Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, Netherlands investigated the effects of medical marijuana on symptoms of dementia including depression, anxiety, aggression, insomnia and hallucinations” (Care Giver for Life, 2015)
One of the most widely known benefits for Medical Marijuana is pain relief. That is why this topic is so controversial. Studies show that THC creates pathways in the central nervous system which work to block nerve pain signals from delivered to the brain (7 Proven Medical Benefits of THC, 2013). Cannabis has been shown to be extremely effective against neuropathic pain, or nerve-related pain.
Another great benefit that Cannabis has is helping with PTSD. The high from THC helps with temporary memory impairments. While this may be seen as a problem for some marijuana users, impaired memory can often be therapeutic for those who have a hard time forgetting painful memories. An example of this would be PTSD.Recent studies have also confirmed that oral doses of THC can help relieve many of the PTSD-related symptoms, flashbacks, agitation and nightmares with some cases (7 Proven Medical Benefits of THC, 2013).
Cannabis also has another great benefit, it is a sleep aide. A trial completed during the seventies proved that oral doses of Cannabis helped insomniacs and healthy people fall asleep faster. It also helps regulate breathing and those who have sleep apnea by reducing sleep interruptions (7 Proven Medical Benefits of THC,2013).
Treating asthma seems like one of the less likely benefits for the use of medical marijuana. However, THC’s ability to improve breathing for people with asthma is dated back to the seventies. Many trials showed that smoking medical marijuana could help calm asthma attacks. Scientists tried and failed to create an inhaler for asthmatics that could deliver THC. Since the THC inhaler idea failed, some say modern-day vaporizers could possibly be the answer to the failed THC delivering inhaler (7 Proven Medical Benefits of THC,2013).
According to a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association in January 2012, marijuana does not impair lung function and can even increase lung capacity.(Loria, 2014) Researchers looking for risk factors of heart disease tested the lung function of 5,115 young adults over the course of 20 years. “Tobacco smokers lost lung function over time, but pot users actually showed an increase in lung capacity.” It ‘s possible that the increased lung capacity may be due to taking a deep breaths while inhaling the drug and not from a therapeutic chemical in the drug. (Welsh, 2014)
Another major benefit if marijuana was legalized is economic feasibility. More than 300 economists, which includes three nobel laureates, have put their signature on a petition that is calling attention to the findings of a paper that was written by Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron. This paper suggests that if the government legalizes, marijuana it would save $7.7 billion annually if they did not have to to enforce the current prohibition on the drug.(Miron,2005) The report also added that if marijuana was legalized, it would also save $6 billion per year if the government planned to tax marijuana at similar rates to alcohol and tobacco. (Miron,2005)
Since there are a abundant amount of good side effects to the drug not many bad side effects, except for only a few, it should be legalized. We are a state that is surrounded by legalized marijuana states, it’s only going to cause a problem for us on our borders trying to keep the drug out, and cost a lot of money and most likely cost lives, therefore we should legalize this miracle plant. (Ferner, 2012)
Another great benefit of legalizing marijuana is how many jobs it would create. In 2012, when marijuana was legalized in Colorado, it created ten thousand jobs. The legalization of marijuana would help many people who are unemployed and who struggle to find jobs. It would greatly help the unemployed.
The state is now enjoying one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation – 6% – which is the lowest it has been since the recession started. So much for those old sayings about pot-heads being lazy. That’s an additional 10,000 people in a labor force out working, instead of collecting unemployment (Sarich, 2014).
The most obvious economic aspect of the case for legalization lies in
tax revenues. Average annual trade in marijuana is estimated at $113 billion, which represents nearly $45 billion in taxes slipping through our fingers. (Miron,2005) Without being able to regulate and monitor the sale of marijuana, tax authorities miss out on municipal, state, and federal taxes that could fund a broad assortment of initiatives — including, of course, assistance programs for drug users, a measure supported in lieu of incarceration by over two thirds of Americans. (Miron, 2005)
The legalization of marijuana would also bring in a lot of revenue in Idaho. If Idaho would legalize marijuana, it would bring in lots of tax revenue, giving the state additional money. Colorado is a great example. When the state legalized marijuana in 2012, Not only did it project marijuana sales to become a billion dollar industry, but also in January 2014, Colorado also pulled in $3.5 million in tax revenue from legalizing marijuana. If this trend continues, the state will be able to enjoy an additional forty million dollars in tax revenue. (Basu 2015)
Legalization would also cut prison spending dramatically. An estimated one in four people are in prison just because of non-violent drug offenses, including possession, sales, and repeat offenses of marijuana. Another important fact to look at the marijuana-related arrests are these make up a significant percentage of law enforcement actions involving drugs. The vast majority of these individuals are Black and Latino, reflecting racial imbalances in the justice system, such as, people of color are more likely to be profiled, more likely to be caught, and less likely to be able to bring an adequate defense to court. This combination of factors leads to an abundance of members from these communities in prisons and jails across the nation. (Decriminalize marijuana)
Marijuana has been one of the most misunderstood herbal medicines in today ‘s culture. It has been debated for many years on whether or not it should be legalized. However, only recently was it legalized in some states. If marijuana were to be legalized it would many economical benefits by bringing in tax revenue. It would also greatly help with unemployment. It would also have many medical benefits to helping those with insomnia, asthma, PTSD, dementia, Alzheimer ‘s ,and pain relief. Another major reason is prison spending. It would cut the people in prison who are in for use or selling of marijuana. It would save the state quite a bit of money. While there are many factors on why it should not be legalized, the factors that say it should outweigh that. If marijuana were to be legalized, it would help the economy and many people medically nationwide.