The term “miracle cure” gets thrown around a lot these days, especially on the internet. Adverts for weight loss pills that allow people to shed 15% of their body weight whilst eating nothing but ice cream, cures for baldness and other types of apparently quick and easy cures for complex problems are common. As cheap and dishonest as these adverts and claims are, I still find myself every now and then wishing that some of them were true. How good would it be if the problem of obesity could be cured simply by ingesting some kind of newly discovered fungus or a magic pill rather than a complete change to one’s lifestyle and eating habits?

Baring all that in mind, after watching the above video, what word other than miracle cure is appropriate to describe the alleviation of the man’s symptoms? A simple application of some liquid into his gums and literally five minutes later his symptoms were all but gone. No other drugs with a list of side effects that covers 2 a4 bits of paper. No invasive or costly medical treatments. Nothing like that at all. Just the extract of a plant. If the term miracle cure is suitable  for use anywhere, I think we have found it. The only “negative” side effect, if you want to call it negative, was an increase in hunger.

Now before we get ahead of ourselves, hail marijuana as a miracle cure for all ailments and spark up a joint whenever we get a common cold, there are some important points that need to be gone over. First and foremost, marijuana is an illegal substance in many places in the world. Whether or not this is justified, it doesn’t change the fact that encouraging anybody to do something illegal is an irresponsible thing to do. It’s also worth noting that marijuana is a drug and like most other drugs, it can be abused. So I want to state as clearly as I can that this blog post is not meant to convince anyone that marijuana is a totally harmless substance that can be enjoyed by everyone and that will improve one’s life in all aspects if taken. So if you find out that your fourteen-year-old son has started smoking weed, you are totally justified to feel pissed off and ground him. Or if a close friend seems to be spending most of his time eating Twinkies in his underwear and ripping bong hits all day long, you are right to be concerned.

But the reasons behind why this person wanted to use this drug are not either of the ones I mentioned. He was simply a man trying to find relief from an ailment that is suffered by literally millions of people worldwide and that, sadly, has no cure. So any claims of immorality connected to consuming what is in some places an illegal drug have to be weighed against the undeniable benefit this man received from taking the substance. And any questions about his possible future addiction to the drug in question are ones that anybody taking any drug for whatever reason should be asking anyway.

So does all this mean that marijuana is a totally safe substance that has both recreational and medicinal uses? No, it doesn’t. Nor does it mean that marijuana has no long-term side effects or might affect certain people in a negative way. But these questions are in the domain of science and can, therefore, be answered. And when there is very clear evidence that there is at the very least a miraculous, if admittedly short term benefit to be gained from marijuana use, it means that there could be more good things to be understood about this particular drug. And even if there turns out to be nothing more of use, what harm could it do to find out?

-CK