As jurisdictions on the legalization of illicit drugs continue to be surrounded by large controversies around the world, doctors continue to discover a real potential in these drugs; a potential that not many really sees. Even then, potential risks of self-medication are still the main issue and these drugs might remain prohibited for quite some time. In this article, we discuss some of the illegal drugs that have proven to have medicinal benefits and can be channeled for good.
Common Street Names: Blunt, Dope, Mary Jane, Skunk, Ganja, Reefer, Smoke, Weed, Pot, Joint
Marijuana tops the list, not because I’m an activist, but because I believe in nature’s therapeutic capacity. Marijuana has been known to be an effective painkiller for chronic infections and PTSD illnesses.
“It is in our opinion that medicinal cannabis can assist with the pain associated with menstrual cramps. This can be taken orally in food/oils, or the dried plant can be vaporized,” the Medical Cannabis Australia says. “This has been done throughout history. Queen Victoria even spoke about the relief that cannabis gave her for her menstrual cramps.”
Marijuana has also been proven to control symptoms of glaucoma and prevent nausea. In fact, in some countries such as the US, marijuana has been made available to the public for these benefits. In the UK, cannabis is available on prescription by doctors as an oral spray
Common Street Names: Candy, C, Snow, Toot, Flake, Charlie, Rock, Coke
The coca plant was largely used in native countries as an anesthetic. Researchers have found up to 14 bioactive alkaloids in the coca plant and while some are dangerous, some are actually medicinal. Cocaine, famously known as coke, is a strong stimulant and has been combined with several ingredients to serve as a sedative in surgeries. Cocaine has also been known to treat headaches, intestinal diseases, and bowel ailments. Before its ban, cocaine was actively used as an ingredient in CocaCola – and you still don’t know why they call the beverage Coke.
Common Street Names: Adam, Molly, Uppers, Eve, Clarity, Peace, Lovers’ speed
If you’re a party freak, then ecstasy is not new to you. Famously known for its strong ability to induce hallucinations (or ‘get you high’) ecstasy has been found to be a good treatment for post-traumatic disorders. Though the research is still in progress, ecstasy, apparently, also contains anti-cancer properties that can be used to slow down the growth of cancerous cells in the body. Precisely, ecstasy might be the key to eradicating leukemia and myeloma.
Common Street Names: Brown Sugar, Skag, White Horse, Dope, Smack, Junk, China White
The medicinal properties of heroin and its ability to control pain levels in palliative care is quite a shocker to many. But there’s even more to the drug. In a recent study in the Hannover Medical School, drug users addicted to opiates were found to reduce their addiction levels to the other drugs by 60% after receiving small dosages of heroin. Opiate addicts, who are often struggling with psychiatric conditions, were found to respond better with heroin than methadone, the famous drug used to treat opiate addiction. Researchers believe that this is a huge breakthrough and with time, it will change people’s mentality on drug addicts.
Common Street Names: Little smoke, Purple passion, Shrooms
Magic Mushrooms, or Shrooms, are commonly known for their ability to induce phantasmagoria visions. Medical experts now believe that this is the perfect way to treat anxiety and depression in extreme patients, especially alcoholics. Most people struggling with alcoholism end up with melancholy, anxiety and fear of death, and for many years, lots of research has been done to try and solve this problem.
“There is increasing evidence that the regions affected are responsible for giving us our sense of self,” study author Robin Carhart-Harris, a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London, writes. “These findings could be useful in developing hallucinogenic treatments for some mental disorders.”
This extensive research has led to the Shrooms and as it turns out, they are indeed an operative remedy to compulsive disorders, headaches and depression.
With such scientific sightings, the line between doctor-prescribed drugs and illegal drugs will only get thinner and while this may be a good thing, it may also prove dangerous to the users. Drug abuse resulting from self-medication and hence incorrect dosage has claimed the lives of many. Remember, just like the hashtag YOLO, scientific discoveries are not a call to be stupid. Stay safe.