Around 3000 years ago, the use of medical marijuana became widely known as people used this plant to treat ailments. From then on, physicians in many parts of the world incorporate cannabis into medicines as treatment for patients who suffer from aches and pains. It is said to help alleviate pain for patients during those times.
Today, almost 3 million Americans use medical marijuana to treat serious health conditions. Therefore, experts are still doing in-depth scientific studies to prove the complete potential of cannabis to treat diseases. The growing body of researchers believes that medical marijuana has its own positive effects. It also helps to improve the conditions of patients.
Medical Marijuana for Aches and Pains
A trained medical professional today can provide formal approval for a patient who has a positive condition. By using alternatives such as cannabis for treatment. After this, the patient can apply at their state registry. In order to purchase marijuana at a local dispensary.
Medical Marijuana is used to help treat the following health issues such as:
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Loss of Appetite
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Eating Disorders
- Crohn’s Disease
- Muscle Spasms
- Severe Chronic Pain
- Severe or Chronic Nausea
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Parkinson’s Disease
Two Components of Medical Cannabis
A marijuana plant contains a number of chemicals called cannabinoids. The two main cannabinoids from a marijuana plant are Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. THC is the substance that gives the user the ́ ‘high”. It helps in relieving pain, reduce inflammation and can act as an anti-oxidant. The other one is called cannabidiol, which is also known as CBD – which is the non-psychoactive part of the plant. Which means that it has no “euphoric” effect alone. CBD also help treat seizures, anxiety, and paranoia.
The active chemicals found in marijuana are similar to the chemicals found in our bodies. Similar to these chemicals, it affects how our body responds, pain, appetite, and memory. Some studies about medical marijuana suggest, that it may reduce inflammation and relieve pain. It also helps in reducing anxiety, stimulates and improves appetite for those with eating disorders.
Medical Marijuana has also helped many cancer patients as it can treat nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy. It is most common to use marijuana to control pain that accompanies each illness. Today, cannabidiol has received approval as a treatment for some types of epilepsy.
Different Ways to Take Medical Marijuana
- By smoking it
- Incorporate with food like brownies, candies like lollipops and gummies
- For CBD oils, it can be applied directly to the skin like lotion or cream
- With the use of a vaporizer, by inhalation
How one takes it is actually up to the user, but each method has a different effect on the body. It is always good to try and test first, to see what works best for the user.
Medical marijuana can both be good and bad for your health. In other words, it still varies to the person’s tolerance to cannabis. Furthermore, testing the effect of marijuana still depends on a person’s health before diving in.