The use of marijuana for medical purposes is becoming more and more popular in recent years. Medical marijuana offers many patients an alternative they previously did not have. Doctors and medical researchers are quick to point out the number of success stories regarding the use medical marijuana, and voters in many states have listened. The federal government, meanwhile, has left the decision of permitting medical or recreational use of marijuana up to the voters of each state.
How Cannabis Can Help You
Hemp and marijuana plants are strains of the plant called cannabis sativa. Marijuana plants contain enough of the psychoactive agent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to deliver the high most people associate with the plant.
But THC is just one of the many chemical components that make up cannabis. Others, called cannabinoids, are known for having certain effects on the body including pain relief, anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea benefits, and it may also help with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Most people know someone with cancer or another terminal health condition who has used cannabis to avoid the side effects of their disease and its harsh therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Stories abound of people with crippling epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease who, prior to using medical marijuana, were completely unable to function. People who suffered hundreds of daily seizures have been able to stave off those seizures using cannabis. Parkinson’s patients have been able to regain motor control of their body with medical marijuana. And the list goes on and on.
Medical marijuana is also much safer than giving pain patients massive amounts of opioids each month and does not present withdrawal symptoms as opioids do. There are patients hooked on high-powered opiates who were able to successfully kick their painkiller addiction thanks to the medical benefits of marijuana.
Types of Medical Cannabis
Where you live will dictate the type and form of medical cannabis available to you. Some states permit oils that can be vaped, some states permit topical solutions that can be rubbed on the affected body part. Other states permit edibles or concentrated drops, and others permit dried flowers and buds.
There are many possible ways to ingest medical marijuana, as well as different forms and potencies. For example, there are cannabidiol (CBD) dominant products that contain little THC – so, there no psychotropic effects (high) – but are still effective for a variety of purposes.
Conditions Medical Cannabis Treats
People in chronic pain or who have recurrent nausea like cyclic vomiting syndrome or who are undergoing chemotherapy have benefited tremendously from medical cannabis. Patients with multiple sclerosis find medical marijuana relieves their muscle spasms as do patients with Parkinson’s disease. Patients who have HIV/AIDS and suffer a loss of appetite have found cannabis helps them regain their appetites.