Marijuana or also known as Cannabis is the most commonly used recreational substance in the world. It is also the oldest psychoactive substance and has been used by mankind for centuries. But, in recent years Medical Marijuana has gained immense popularity for treating different diseases and conditions.
Medical marijuana basically means the use of marijuana or cannabis plant or the chemicals found in it to treat symptoms of different diseases and conditions. More than 100 cannabinoids have been identified so far in the marijuana plant including Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Each of these has different effects on the human body and work by interacting with the cell receptors in the CNS.
Is Medical Marijuana Legal?
The use of marijuana for medical purposes has been made legal by more than half of the states of the US. However the approach is different in every state, some allow home cultivation and dispensaries while some allow either one of them.
Health benefits of Medical Marijuana
Although, FDA has only approved the use of marijuana for the treatment of Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome it’s used for treating numerous conditions. It has several health benefits including:
It helps in treating pain
The most common reason for the use of medical marijuana is to relieve pain. It is very effective for the treatment of chronic pain. The reason for its effectiveness for the treatment of chronic pain is the cannabinoids found in it. CBD can help in treating neuropathic pain as well as arthritis pain.
Prevents cancer cell growth
According to a study CBD can be very helpful in preventing cancer cells growth as it can inhibit ID1 gene expression. In another study, it was found that it can help in destroying tumor cells.
It decreases anxiety and depression
It’s not a hidden fact that a number of people consume marijuana to relax and ease the tension. It can reduce anxiety in patients with an anxiety disorder. It is also very helpful in treating insomnia and depression. It is also very useful in improving speech performance. But, it must be consumed in low doses as a high dose would increase the anxiety. You must consult a doctor to determine the exact dosage amount you need.
It is useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
According to a study, marijuana can help in treating Alzheimer’s disease. This is because THC, the main psychoactive constituent of marijuana can block enzymes in the brain responsible for the formation of amyloid plaques. These amyloid plaques are not only associated with Alzheimer’s disease but are also responsible for the development of many diseases.
Other benefits of medical marijuana include:
How to intake marijuana?
Unlike other medicines, medical marijuana is consumed differently. It can be inhaled by using vaporizer which converts the medicine into the mist, you can be also smoke it or eat it with other edibles, you can also apply it on the skin by mixing it with your creams or ointments. It is totally up to you how you want to intake but remember one thing that each of the methods is effective in a different way.
Get medicine after doctor’s recommendations
It is unusual medicine and dispensers will not give you without the doctor’s recommendation or they would ask the doctor’s prescription slip mandatory. There are states where this medicine is not legalized to have and use. You have to check whether it’s legal in your state or not.
The best way is to go with the doctor’s prescription to the dispenser and get the medicine in a legal way.
Side Effects of Medical Marijuana
There are few side effects which came to notice which if you find then consult your doctor again. The side effects are the following:
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