Medicinal uses for Cannabis
The most common way that marijuana is used to get high is through smoking or eating it. It comes from the Cannabis sativa plant. Marijuana possession is prohibited by federal law. The use of marijuana to treat particular medical ailments is referred to as medical marijuana. More than half of the states in the US have approved marijuana for medical use. (WeedLifetyles Cannabis Heaven)
How Does Medical Marijuana Work?
Medical marijuana may be:
- Taken as a liquid extract.
Cannabinoids are present in the leaves and buds of marijuana. THC is a cannabinoid that has the ability to alter consciousness and mood through acting on the brain. Cannabinoids are present in varying degrees in different marijuana strains. Because of this, the effects of medicinal marijuana might occasionally be difficult to foresee or manage. Whether it is consumed or smoked, the effects may also vary.
What Conditions Can It Help?
Medical marijuana may be used to:
Soothe discomfort. This covers a variety of chronic pain conditions, such as pain brought on by nerve injury.
Control the urge to vomit. The most typical application is treating nausea and vomiting brought on by cancer chemotherapy.
Make someone want to eat. This aids those who undereat and lose weight as a result of conditions like cancer and HIV/AIDS.
According to a few tiny studies, marijuana may help persons with the following symptoms:
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Crohn disease.
- Inflammatory bowel disease.
Marijuana use reduces intraocular pressure, a glaucoma-related issue. But the impact is short-lived. Other glaucoma medications may be more effective in curing the condition.
How Do People Get Medical Marijuana?
To obtain medicinal marijuana in places where it is legal, you need a written note from your doctor. Your need for it to treat a medical condition or lessen negative effects must be stated in the advertisement. Your name will be added to a list that enables you to purchase marijuana from a licensed vendor.
What Medical Conditions Qualify?
Only people with specific ailments are eligible to purchase medical marijuana. State-by-state variations exist in the ailments that marijuana can heal. The most common ones include:
- Seizures and epilepsy.
- Severe chronic pain.
- Severe nausea.
- Extreme weight loss and weakness (wasting syndrome).
- Severe muscle spasms.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Side Effects.
Possible physical symptoms from using marijuana include:
- A fast or irregular heartbeat.
- Slow reaction times.
Possible mental or emotional side effects include:
- A strong feeling of happiness or well-being.
- Short-term memory loss.
- Trouble concentrating.
- Decreased or increased anxiety.
Who Should Not Use Medical Marijuana?
Providers are prohibited from recommending medicinal marijuana to patients under the age of 18. The following individuals should not use medical marijuana:
- People with heart disease.
- Pregnant women.
- People with a history of psychosis.
Other concerns linked to marijuana use include:
- Dangerous driving or other risky behaviors.
- Lung irritation.
- Dependence or addiction to marijuana.
- Prescription Drugs Based on Marijuana Compounds.
There are no medical disorders for which marijuana has been licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the FDA has authorized two prescription drugs that include cannabinoids created by humans.
Dronabinol (Marinol). This medication relieves nausea and vomiting brought on by chemotherapy as well as HIV/AIDS-related loss of appetite and weight loss. Nabilone (Cesamet). This medication addresses chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting in patients who have not found relief from other therapies.
These medications' active ingredients can be managed, unlike medicinal marijuana, so you always know how much you're getting in a dose.