Professor Cayce Van Horn
27 Feb 2019
The medical benefits of Marijuana: Rhetorical strategies in Bridgeman and Daniel’s
“Medicinal Cannabis: History, Pharmacology, And Implications for the Acute Care Setting."
Medical Marijuana has become popular in recent years with various groups coming
forward to push for its legalization. However, there is still a lot of a grey area regarding the
health benefits and risks of the drug owing to the inadequate research and clinical trials.
Bridgeman and Daniel wrote the article “Medicinal Cannabis: History, Pharmacology, And
Implications for the Acute Care Setting” published in 2017 in Pharmacy and Therapeutics
journal to explore the significance of Cannabis and the health benefits in the healthcare
setting. Marijuana remains a schedule I drug and is highly controlled due to the potential for
abuse. Although the drug is not accepted for regular use in the health setting, there are
various speculated health benefits from research.
The purpose of the article is to address the historical aspect of Marijuana use and
review how the drug works in the human body. The report also discusses some of the
medicinal use of Marijuana with evidence of the implication for its use. Also, the authors
review some the effect of the changing regulations on the drug and the potential application
to the acute healthcare setting (p.180). The article concludes by examining the relevance of
medicinal marijuana to health care professionals.
Throughout the article, the authors utilize some substantial evidence to strengthen the
credibility of the information presented and appeal to ethos. The authors use data from
recognized regulatory bodies like the World Health Organization, the Food and Drugs
Association and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency(p.181). Also, the authors have
cited various authors who have researched the topic of marijuana citing evidence presented
from the multiple studies. Besides, the authors are recognized professionals in the field of
clinical pharmacy which broadens their understanding of the effects of various drugs and
In addition to the use of ethos, the article has a strong appeal to logos through the use
of various statistics, facts and clinical trials evidence. The authors start by introducing some
interesting statistics regarding the worldwide use of Cannabis and public opinion polls
regarding legalization.Bridgeman and Daniel state that, "In the United States, cannabis is
approved for medicinal use in 28 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico as
of January 2017(p.180).Besides, the article explores the pharmacology and the mechanism of
action which enables the reader to deduce the various effects of the drug in the body. The
authors state that the receptors for endocannabinoids are present throughout the human body
and have a regulatory function. Although the drug is involved in the pathology of various
conditions, it is to protective in multiple illnesses. The article explains the conditions such as
fibromyalgia and migraine which can arise due to low levels of endocannabinoids. The
pharmacological explanation of how cannabinoids work helps in understanding the
importance of the drug from the primary level.
The article is useful in various settings to include clinical studies and clinical care
settings. It provides the necessary knowledge regarding the use of marijuana, the historical
application and benefits, the pharmacology and legal issues regarding the drug. Therefore, the
article will be of use in my research as it will be a baseline for the evaluation of other relevant
materials regarding the evidence presented.
In conclusion, this peer-reviewed journal gives a broad perspective of Marijuana. In
explores the mechanism of action and adverse effects of the drug. Besides, it lists some of the
benefits that can be acquired with the use of marijuana. Therefore, the article will be a
baseline for the initial search of relevant articles related to the use of medical marijuana.
Bridgeman, Mary Barna, and Daniel T Abazia. "Medicinal Cannabis: History, Pharmacology,
And Implications for the Acute Care Setting” P & T: a peer-reviewed journal for
formulary management vol. 42,3 (2017): 180-188.
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