Sorry, But Marijuana Isn't The Miracle Drug

Sorry, But Marijuana Isn't The Miracle Drug

It isn't the end-all-be-all of medical breakthroughs like you think.
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Everywhere you look these days marijuana is being legalized and praised. Whether it's for medicinal or recreational purposes, states have been legalizing in quick succession over the last few years.

Most recently, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wyoming, and Washington, D.C. all have policy makers who are pushing for legalization by the end of 2017.

Medicinal marijuana isn't without its benefits: It can be used to treat glaucoma, may help reverse the effects of long-term tobacco use (and therefore improve lung function), it can control epileptic seizures, stop cancer from spreading, decrease anxiety, and so much more.

But here's my unpopular opinion: I don't think marijuana is the miracle drug everyone claims it is. I think that the actual benefits are shadowed by the belief that there even are benefits.

While I think that there are a ton of incredible uses for medicinal marijuana, I also believe that the prescription drugs that have been developed by the "evil" Big Pharma aren't as disastrous and dangerous as they're made out to be. Trust me, I dislike Big Pharma as much as the next guy, but there are tons of cogs in that machine who truly care about the people they're developing drugs for.

I'm not the only one who has this view. Penny Whiting and her colleagues did a study analyzing 79 randomized trials over the medical effects of medical marijuana, and found that "most of the studies showed improvements among the participants taking the cannabinoid products over those using placebo, but in many, the scientists admitted that they could not be sure that the effect wasn’t simply due to chance since the association was not statistically significant."

This is concerning on its own, as the claims being made by marijuana activists aren't necessarily accurate.

This is what concerns me as someone who is going into the medical field. The rhetoric of activists is that anything produced by Big Pharma is toxic and dangerous, while marijuana is natural and will be better than anything Big Pharma produces.

This rhetoric is so incredibly dangerous. There are going to be people who drop the medications they HAVE TO HAVE for illnesses they cannot control in favor of something that is "natural" like marijuana (spoiler alert: it isn't always natural).

I know Big Pharma has done a lot of questionable and horrible things, but they have also produced life-saving things, such as insulin, chemotherapy, and beta blockers; the list goes on.

I worry that as marijuana becomes legalized across the country (and it will, eventually) public health will suffer rather than thrive. More people are going to suffer rather than there be this incredible medical revival that activists are claiming.

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The Pill Made Me Crazy, So I Got An IUD

I was literally depressed. I would sit in my college dorm room and shut myself off from the world.
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Ok, Mom, Dad, Grandmom, Aunts, and Uncles, shield your eyes! As adults, we females do enjoy having sex, especially if we are in a relationship. Some may say that if you are having sex, you should have a baby out of it.

But let's be real—we are in 2018 for God's sake. We have sex, and we want to be safe during it. Believe me, condoms don't always do the trick.

As an independent female, I want to protect myself. I want to make sure that I am 100% protected because, nowadays, you never know what could happen.

Right?

As my mom said to me one day, "I was so against it before I had a daughter. But now, I think if there is a way to prevent having a grandchild too soon, I'm going to do it."

So, do it. Protect yourself.

So, why not pills?

I was taking oral pills for about two years when I finally decided that they weren't for me. I knew it was completely normal for me to be moody during my period. But man, I was moody all the time.

I'm not just talking about being a bitch. I was literally depressed. I would sit in my college dorm room and shut myself off from the world.

Frankly, I was sick of it, and I wasn't the only one. You can ask my family, my friends, and my boyfriend.

I believe that these "mood swings" made me sever my relationship with my mother, completely lose my relationship with at least eight friends, and almost lose a boyfriend.

My breaking point was when I was on the sidewalk screaming at the top of my lungs at my boyfriend telling him to break up with me.

Long story short, the pill made me a monster. I had to do something about it.

What did you do?

I spoke to my doctor ASAP. We sat down and went through all the alternatives. We decided that the IUD was the best option.

But my mother wasn't too sure about it—a foreign object in my uterus just sitting there? It literally sounds like an infection waiting to happen, or so we thought.

Although in the '60s the IUD did cause infertility in some females due to harsh infections, doctors and researchers have perfected it.

My OBGYN told me word for word that every female nurse and doctor in the office had one and the males have put ones in their wives. With that statement, I was sold. Plus, the IUD can lighten up your period and be implanted for about five to ten years until you'll have to get a new one.

10 years without an alarm on your phone to take a pill, and 10 years without the constant "uh-oh" moment when you forget your pill. 10 years of protection.

In the next month, I got it implanted and, ladies, I'm going to be honest.

"That shit 'hurted.'"

If you don't get that Vine reference, you can leave now. But seriously, the pain was enough to make my face go completely pale and nearly pass out.

I spent that whole day on the couch with a heating pad sleeping, and the next few days fighting back some minor cramping.

Was it worth it? Absolutely.

Although I have been put on Zoloft for some minor depression and anxiety issues, I haven't gone through the mood swings or the immense amount of depression since.

Yes, I get cramps every once in awhile but it's really nothing to run home about. Yes, I have gotten heavy periods the first few months, but it's really not THAT bad when you think about the long-term pros.

I turned to Instagram polls to find out how many females agree with me. The IUD is the GO-TO.

A whopping 82% of the voters take the pill whereas 18% of those who voted have the IUD implanted.

I had some females actually reach out to me via direct message to tell me about their IUD experience:

"I have an IUD and I like it so much more than having to worry about a pill. Not going to lie, it hurts when they put it in, and the first couple days suck, but after that, it's awesome. And you don't have to worry about anything for five years."

The conversation went on for a while. She finished off by saying, "100% think the IUD is the better choice."

She's not alone. Another woman stated:

"GET THE IUD. IT'S AMAZING. It's so much better than the pills!"

If you are seriously thinking about changing your form of birth control, look into the fabulous IUD. In the end, it's all about what is good and right for you. It's just like trying on jeans!

Good luck, and stay safe, ladies!

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