Can Marijuana Be Used Medicinally?

I doubt that we should oppose a regulated medical use of marijuana, controlled by appropriate physician oversight and prescriptions. Many drugs are sold by prescription which, if they were abused, would be even more destructive than marijuana.
John Piper

It’s no secret that many people are falsely prescribed marijuana, but is there a place for marijuana when one is truly sick? Certainly most Christians would agree that it is permissible to use certain narcotics for medicinal purposes. Studies have shown that marijuana has been useful for those struggling with cancer and may help those battling a disease to experience a relief of pain and an ability to cope with nausea and vomiting. It’s also been shown to help increase one’s appetite. But should this be enough for marijuana to be used legally? Let’s hold that thought for now.

Here’s what we do know. In the New Testament, there was an occasion where Timothy was under the weather and Paul’s practical antidote was, “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments” (1 Timothy 5:23). Note the word little. Even in Scripture we see alcohol prescribed to soothe Timothy’s stomach issues and other ailments. With this in mind, Christians don’t need to be dogmatic about the use of legally prescribed drugs if the motive is to ease one’s angst. However, unless drugs are truly being used for medicinal purposes they should be avoided at all costs.

And herein lies the problem. Many people have abused marijuana in the name of medical help when in reality, the driving force was a desire to be high. On top of that, at least at this point, not all states allow for the use of medical marijuana. In fact, only 23 of the 50 states permit it.

If it was to be used I’d advise it to be taken in edible fashion versus inhaling, as it puts the lungs at risk. All things considered, one should think very carefully about this issue before signing off on it.

Thought to Ponder

Just because something may offer a little medical reprieve doesn’t mean it’s holistically healthy or worth the risk.

Memory Verse

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own (1 Corinthians 6:19).

23 thoughts on “Can Marijuana Be Used Medicinally?

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  1. I do not believe in legal use of marijuana medicinally or not… that is just my opinion. Nice post. Thank you for bringing up the question. I just believe too many people then abuse it and become addicted to it or it gets in the wrong hands of people that should not have it.


  2. With pharmaceutical companies reaping billions in profits off man-made drugs that have a multitude of side effects which include death, I fail to see how the argument against medical marijuana has any validity.

    I suffer with osteoarthritis (3 joint replacements and counting) and Fibromyalgia. My doctor has offered to prescribe medical marijuana for me three times and I’ve resisted. It’s not because I think it’s bad or wrong, it’s just a personal choice. That being said, I also turned down the Vicodin and Oxycontin.

    But, I do know the value of marijuana for those who suffer with chronic pain and illness. My brother died of AIDS-related complications in 1993. Prescription Marinol did nothing for his pain, nausea and vomiting. Without telling my mother, extended family members gave him marijuana and he improved drastically. No more nausea and vomiting, and he could move around during the day with little or no pain. And…he wasn’t “high.” Marijuana made his last few months bearable.

    It seems to me that anything that can do that should be available to those who need it without any obstacles in the way.

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  3. Personally, I have always favored the legalization of marijuana, but your article is very well-written and thought-provoking. (So are the comments above.) Thank you for sharing, and all the best to you w/blessings!

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  4. I actually think pot should be legalized. I think it is safer than alcohol by far. People can get violent on alcohol, but I’ve never heard of that with pot. Also, the state governments could make money by taxing it instead of all the money going to criminals.

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  5. Good and objective points on this divided subject. I have seen it work very well for a family member who was far more peaceful and pain-free because of marijuana in the last months of her life. I’ve also seen it being abused and hamper people’s growth. I believe a large part of why it becomes a problem is dosage, which is why prescribing makes a great deal of sense. Thanks!

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