A recent survey indicates a significant percentage of Americans would be extremely or very likely to use medical marijuana to treat their pain; if it was recommended by a doctor.
A Prevention magazine survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,025 U.S. adults also indicates 75% of those polled believe medical marijuana should be legal in the U.S. (A Harris Poll last year indicated 81% support this, up from 74% in 2011)
The confidence in this useful plant isn’t without some reservations according to the Prevention survey.
For example, 34% of respondents stated concerns about side effects and 35% have no desire to “get high”. 47% also mentioned they don’t like to smoke anything.
That last point is an important one. While there appears to be a high level of acceptance of medical marijuana generally; perhaps there remains a reasonably low level of awareness of medical cannabis in its many and varied forms.
There’s a distinct possibility smoking marijuana in medical applications will become passé quite quickly. After all, where health is concerned; burning anything isn’t such a great idea as combustion of any material is usually accompanied by some nasty by-products; including carcinogens.
That’s where recent technology can make a huge difference and vaping or “cannavaping” comes into play. With cannavaping; the “smoking” experience is similar (which may be important to some); but without the smoke.
In addition to vaping, medical cannabis can be taken in many other forms – edibles, oils, capsules, tables, tinctures and teas to name a few. These medications can also be sourced with or without THC (the intoxicating compound); however, THC can be an important compound in treating some conditions.
While the results of the Prevention survey on medical marijuana are encouraging; it’s not unrealistic to assume the results could be even more positive once the general population understands that today’s medical cannabis has evolved greatly.
It’s time to wave away the smokescreen that’s still holding back medicinal marijuana to a degree.
Trivia : 50% of US states have legalized medical cannabis, plus Washington D.C.