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How To Stop Smoking Withdrawal Syndrome

Withdrawal symptoms can often be quite severe, and the only treatments available are prescription medications. The withdrawal syndrome, or SSDS, is a result of overuse of certain medications, but can be treated with medical marijuana.

Although there’s a lot of stigma among smokers to discuss their use of medicinal marijuana, it is increasingly becoming accepted in the broader community — not to mention a proven effective treatment for the symptoms of chronic pain. In fact, the use of medical marijuana in the United States is predicted to triple by 2015. In 2010, more than 1.8 million prescriptions were written for marijuana as a pain-relieving agent. It may even work better than other medications in treating a range of conditions.

Even more encouraging than the increase in number of prescription medications prescribed for medicinal marijuana is the fact that there’s now a much clearer understanding of how the medical marijuana works to control the symptoms and reduce withdrawals.

First, a bit of history on how marijuana came to be used for medicinal purposes.

Marijuana was introduced to Western medicine in the late 1800s and early 1900s for the treatment of pain and fever. However, it was not until the 1930s that the cannabis plant first came under legal protection.

It was in 1938 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9130, “Prohibiting the Manufacture, Sale, or Delivery of Marijuana.” The order was based on the conviction that marijuana was linked to violence and lead to insanity.

Although marijuana was decriminalized in the US in 1971, it would take 18 more years before the medical cannabis laws would change.

The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs originated in the 1970s to combat the spread of “the menace of drugs” such as heroin and cocaine.

While some marijuana users may see it as a way to relieve symptoms of muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, most Americans see it as a “criminal justice issue” — as President Obama put it in the speech in which his executive order was announced:

“We are now in the third year of an unprecedented National Drug Control Strategy. A massive, coordinated, and multinational effort to counter the flow of illicit heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and other dangerous drugs into the United States; protect the American people while also reducing crime and health care expenses; and preserve our nation’s foreign and economic security. Our goal is not to arrest our way out of this problem — this is a problem only our law-enforcement agencies and our justice system can solve. Instead, this national effort must focus exclusively on the prevention and treatment of drug abuse. We know how to prevent it, and we will prevent it. No single agency can make America safe, and no single law, program, or office can guarantee our children will be free of a drug that will forever change the course of their lives.”

The fact that the federal government has so actively and aggressively worked to stamp out cannabis has a lot to do with the fact that it is such a Schedule I chemical, with no accepted medical use under the US Controlled Substances Act.

Schedule I drugs are considered drugs with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

Even the most hardcore anti-marijuana activists will admit that smoking marijuana can treat a number of medical conditions — but that doesn’t mean it is anything close to a legal drug.

A number of states have now been allowed to implement medical marijuana programs.

In 2013, 23 states voted to legalize medical use of cannabis, and seven states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

Most states have laws allowing for the use of medical cannabis. However, a number of different states have differing policies on the issue, and a number of states prohibit its legalization in any aspect.

Medical marijuana laws differ from state to state, but one thing seems to be more prevalent in most states: the ability to use the substance for medicinal purposes.