Media have given prominent attention in recent months to marijuana. The Boston Globe reported a few months ago that marijuana legalization is on the cusp of mass acceptance. The New York Times has called for repeal of marijuana prohibition. Voting residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2012 were sufficiently comfortable with the concept of medical marijuana that a ballot initiative for its use was approved..
Consumers may deservedly question how the change can alter personal healthcare advantages or disadvantages. Many residents, and I include myself, started with little knowledge about how marijuana could be medically helpful. To first clarify terminology, marijuana is a plant, a vegetable, that has a traditional name of cannabis. When the plant is used for other purposes such as producing clothing or fuel, etc. it is called hemp. Parts of the plant can be psychoactive. Cannabis can grow naturally out of doors in many parts of the world.
The subject of marijuana is polarized among the populace, with many very negative and many very positive viewpoints, plus people in the middle who lack information. Due to recent opening up of information channels, the claims for medical benefits are becoming better known. These include pain relief allowing a person to function more normally while reducing the use of other medicines such as opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which may have serious side effects or be debilitating. In some cases, cannabis is reported to be unique among alternatives to bring about patient relief or cures.
Despite the November 2012 approval, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has not provided dispensaries that would make cannabis available to its citizens. On the other hand, Massachusetts does have an accredited cannabis lab to which samples can be submitted to test for active ingredients and contaminants. With the testing, supplied cannabis can in principle be checked and tracked better than say, other vegetables such as those going to the dinner table.
In the face of the marijuana healthcare quandary created by change, other states seem to be taking the lead in speedily addressing and redressing issues of cannabis delivery..
[Final note of caution: The above post is background about non-traditional healthcare resources, with which consumers may wish to be informed for their own benefit. The post contains best efforts information on a nebulous and changing topic, and the poster asks that the post not be relied upon for ultimate accuracy.]