Medical Marijuana Beyond the High
Many anti-medical marijuana advocates defend their viewpoint with erroneous arguments stating that the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes will lead to drugged driving, increased consumption by children, it is a gateway drug, and that there are no medicinal qualities (i.e. the drug is only good for getting high).
Israeli researchers have developed a strain of medicinal marijuana that can ease symptoms of diseases such as arthritis without making patients “high”. The marijuana created by labs in Israel contains less than 1% of THC, the chemical responsible for causing the marijuana high, and almost 16% of CBD (cannabidiol), a non-psychoactive substance that has anti-inflammatory advantages.
The medical marijuana grow company known as Tikun Olam, stated: “Sometimes the high is not always what they need. Sometimes it is an unwanted side effect. For some of the people it’s not even pleasant.”
This new strand of marijuana that is high in CBD and low in THC, known as Avidekel, is available in Israel and provides patients who have joint, muscle, and bone issues with relief from their ever painful symptoms. There is no high and therefore no side effects that could cause "drugged driving" or abuse of the drug. Marijuana is a plant that provides much more than just a high.