At the same time, numerous studies prove that marijuana—in its medical form—can be beneficial for patients suffering from serious diseases, such as cancer.
To be more precise, there are several groups of diseases with symptoms that can be alleviated by marijuana: 1) In case of various inflammations, marijuana is great for treating chronic pain.
Yet another positive effect that might come out of the legalization of medical marijuana is the decrease of opiate consumption and prescriptions.
The problem with opioid painkillers is that they can cause addiction, and although they are extremely effective in alleviating pain, there has been cases of death due to overdose.
Drug addiction is something societies all over the world rarely tolerate.
Although almost every culture has a tradition of consuming narcotic substances—alcohol, in the first turn—not all of them are seen as acceptable.
Netherlands is the source of the biggest taboos on a worldwide level, starting from prostitution and euthanasia to same-sex marriages.
The Netherlands did not only make prostitution one of the most profitable, legitimate industries in the country, but also allowed the sale of cannabis in 1976.
Unlike opiates, which are better when there is a need to quickly alleviate acute pain, weed is safer and more effective in decreasing long-term pain.
2) The symptoms of arthritis and other autoimmune diseases can be reduced or even eliminated with the help of marijuana as well.