A recent study, commissioned by the state of Oregon has produced startling results on the health benefits of marijuana. A law passed last year called for a governor appointed task force to study Oregon cannabis use for the medicinal purposes of helping patients. The task force ordered the study, which was conducted by physicians in Oregon. The results have led to a strong recommendation by physicians that an Oregon Cannabis Research Institute be created to continue research into what we know about the medicinal use of marijuana.
Funding the Oregon Cannabis Research Institute
The Oregon Cannabis Research Institute would be funded by tax dollars stemming from the sale of recreational marijuana to adults. These tax dollars currently go to fund schools as well as mental health and alcohol and drug services but Sen. Chris Edwards, who was behind creating the task force, says that paying for the research from Oregon cannabis taxes is a politically sound idea.
Potential Federal Clashing
The institute also proposes to grow and handle the marijuana for the purpose of the research. Unfortunately, since marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 drug, worse than cocaine, there are legal issues to deal with first. While the government allows for the research of cannabis, the approval process is extremely complex and research facilities are required to use marijuana grown specifically from a government run lab at the University of Mississippi.
The Vitality of Future Research
The Oregon study indicates that the area of cannabis research is on its way to gaining a lot of popularity in the scientific world and the creation of the institute will place Oregon as a leader in this field. The report states “No other single initiative could do as much to strengthen the Oregon cannabis industry and to support the needs of Oregon medical marijuana patients.”
Estimated Benefits from Research
The Oregon marijuana study provides a list of clinical trials and their medical results. The list is not yet complete as further research is still needed but the following ailments have already been proven to be treated by marijuana:
- Nausea; Chemotherapy
- Chronic Pain
- Spasms and Tics; Multiple Sclerosis; Spinal Cord Injuries; Tourette’s Syndrome
- Appetite Stimulation; Wasting Syndrome; Anorexia
- Anxiety Disorders; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
- Intestinal Dysfunction
- Hepatitis C
- Cancer (Breast, Prostate, Lung, Skin, Pancreatic, Bone, Glioma, Lymphoma, Oral, Head and Neck, Thyroid)
- Inflammation, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases; Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease
- Neuroprotection, Alzheimer’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Parkinson Disease
- BMI and Waist Circumference
Another incredible aspect of the report shows the results of the public health research that states should expect to find by legalizing the use of marijuana:
- Less alcohol use, and with it tremendous social and health benefits
- Less domestic violence and less crime in general
- Less pharmaceutical use
- Less cigarette smoking
- Less heroin use
- Less homicide
- Less suicide
These incredible results indicate that there are enormous benefits to creating an Oregon Cannabis Research Institute in order to discover the full advantages marijuana can offer people all across the country and the world.