Evolution of Medicinal Marijuana

Many Americans never thought they’d see the day where marijuana, a once demonized drug with no recognized medical purposes, would be getting a new lease on life like a new lease on used cars Langley as a medically accepted therapy.  However, in recent years and months, marijuana and its intrinsic chemical compounds are being touted as effective therapy for everything from chronic pain to seizures to cancer to depression.

Legality

The legality of marijuana makes it a risky treatment choice for anyone, no matter where they live in the US.  Even with a doctor’s prescription in one state, a user can drive 50 miles across state lines and be committing a felony just by being in possession of their legally prescribed medication.  Not to mention that federal law is still pretty ambiguous, no matter which state you’re in.  Technically, possession of marijuana is still a federal crime, despite recent decriminalization efforts and promises by the ATF and other federal organizations to let it slide.

The still-evolving legality of marijuana and its chemical attributes have made it a questionable treatment for many, despite so many claiming excellent results. Be sure to take advantage of your cities organic food delivery services once the munchies start kicking in.

Benefits

Recently, with the new quasi-legal status of marijuana in the United States, more and more people are claiming that it’s the cure for what ails you.  It is said to cure depression, suppress seizures and even shrink tumors.  Some of the benefits are backed by serious clinical research.  Others, by word of mouth testimonials.  More high-profile physicians and organizations are jumping on the bandwagon of support, too.  Just a few short years ago, coming out in support of marijuana as a treatment option would have been veritable career suicide.   Now, however, it’s becoming a status symbol.

Risks

medical marijuanaOne of the single biggest selling points of using medicinal marijuana is the fact that it has very few negative side-effects.  Especially when compared to many prescriptions.  This seems to be one of the biggest reasons that consumers are turning away from modern pharmaceuticals and toward a more natural alternative.

Indeed, most of the ‘side effects’ of marijuana seem to be selling points.

This isn’t to say that using medicinal marijuana doesn’t have some intrinsic risks, however.  The legality factor alone is enough to scare many people away.  Even if you’re living and consuming in an area where marijuana use is legal for medicinal and even recreational purposes, getting caught with it in your system can cost you your job.   The Supreme Court has upheld the right of companies to terminate employees who test positive, despite legality and despite the fact that it shows up in drug tests for weeks after the effects have worn off.

 

Another Breastfeeding Benefit

breastfeedingAs if we didn’t already know that breastfeeding gives our babies the healthiest start in life, yet another reason to let the little one latch on was just released by JAMA Pediatrics.  Namely, that children who were breastfed as infants have a markedly lower instance of childhood leukemia.  One of the most common childhood cancers (it accounts for roughly 30% of all childhood cancers), leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow and can be utterly devastating.

Leukemia Rates

Terrifyingly enough, just under 200,000 per year around the globe are diagnosed with one form of leukemia or another.   Shockingly, this number applies to little ones under the age of 15 alone.   It is quite rare when compared to some other cancers, but it’s still the second-leading cause of death for kids under 15 in the US.  Only accidents kill more of our youth, and this takes into account advancements in treatments, too.

There are a few risk factors for the disease that medical science has identified.  However, by and large most of the afflicted children don’t have any known risk factors at all, and diagnosis’s can be shocking and devastating.

The Study

According to the recently published study, simply nursing your infant for six months or longer can reduce their risk of contracting childhood leukemia by almost 20%.  This reduction is only applicable if you nurse for at least six months.  However, infants that were nursed at all had an 11% reduction in their instance of developing the deadly disease.

This means that any time you devote to breast feeding your little one can be time spent preserving their future health.

Breast Milk a Superfood

baby milk bottleIf you’re a human infant, you are designed to subside on human breast milk.  It’s that simple.  Evolution has dictated that it’s the perfect comprehensive food source for our little ones.  The AAP and WHO recommend that infants receive breast milk exclusively for the first six months of their lives.  It contains not just every nutrient they need, but boosts their immunity, reduces inflammatory responses, and overall provides innumerable health benefits we’re only beginning to fully understand.

While this is the first study of its kind to tout the direct link between breast feeding and leukemia prevention, it mirrors many other studies that have clearly demonstrated the benefits of nursing.  No one can argue that supplementary infant formula has saved the lives and health of countless infants since its creation, but the breast clearly is the best.