Conventional medicines don’t work for everyone suffering from chronic or terminal illnesses. Even worse, traditional treatments such as chemotherapy can cause debilitating side effects – meaning the cure can sometimes be worse than the condition.
Medical marijuana has been found to be an effective and safe alternative to treating many health conditions as well as delivering effective pain relief, an appetite boost, and other anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea benefits.
Medical marijuana is made from specific strains of cannabis and grown organically in a controlled environment. The main chemical compounds of cannabis that have been found to have therapeutic benefits are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN). Once these high-grade plant materials are processed into a medication, it has been tested for purity, quality, and content.
THC is responsible for the psychoactive reactions most people associate with the “high” of smoking marijuana. Perhaps less well-known about THC are its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, as well as being able to prevent and reduce nausea and vomiting. The CBD in medical marijuana is believed to control and moderate the effects caused by the THC and is used to treat pain, inflammation, insomnia, and anxiety. CBN, a byproduct of THC, is known for its sedative properties.
Medical marijuana works in our bodies due to signaling produced by the body’s unique and complex endocannabinoid system. This system includes receptors that bind to certain cannabinoids, then message the brain, nervous system, and immune system, triggering certain reactions in the body.
Medical marijuana can be administered in many different ways, including orally (such as pills or edibles), topical creams, patches worn on the skin, and vaporized extracts. As is the case with any medication, there are certain side effects such as tiredness, therefore it is important not to drive or operate machinery while under the influence of marijuana.
In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved CBD for the treatment of certain types of epileptic seizures. The FDA also approved synthetic versions of THC to treat nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and for patients with AIDS. Even so, every state has different laws regarding the use of medical marijuana and the health conditions approved for this type of treatment.
Under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, a resident of the state must be diagnosed with one of 21 covered medical conditions to be permitted usage of medical marijuana. These conditions include:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy or seizure disorders
- Hepatitis C
- HIV-positive status
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sickle cell anemia
- Spinal cord disease or injury
- Tourette syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Ulcerative colitis
InteCare Medical Clinic in Fairborn, Ohio
InteCare Medical Clinic is a cutting-edge integrative medicine practice in Fairborn, Ohio. We look to supplement your conventional medical care with evidence-based complementary therapies, including medical marijuana. Our holistic, personalized approach to care is developed in partnership with our patients, who select the therapies that best fit their lifestyle.
If you would like more information about medical marijuana and how it could make a difference to your quality of life if you are suffering with a chronic health condition or illness, schedule a consultation with integrative medicine physician Dr. Zainey at InteCare Medical Clinic today by calling (937) 874-5766. You can also request an appointment now.