More than 30 states in the US have legalized medical cannabis. The cannabis plant is known to contain certain compounds, called cannabinoids, which interact with the endocannabinoid system of the human body. There is evidence that these cannabinoids may have some benefits for patients suffering from certain health conditions. In states, where marijuana is legal for medical needs, you can buy supplies from one of the licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. What exactly is medical marijuana? Here’s all you need to know!
Knowing medical marijuana
There is no difference as far cannabinoids are concerned between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. Among all the compounds found in marijuana, only one – THC or tetrahydrocannabinol – is known to be psychoactive. Besides THC, researchers are also interested in another compound called cannabidiol, or CBD, but unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.
Conditions for which medical marijuana can be prescribed
Your doctor will decide if you need medical marijuana, and you need a medical marijuana card, to legally buy products from a dispensary. Typically, medical cannabis is recommended for conditions such as loss of appetite, Alzheimer’s disease, anorexia, glaucoma, PTSD, and mental health disorders, including schizophrenia and depression. In some cases, cannabis can be prescribed for pain relief and muscle spasms.
How does cannabis help?
Researchers have found that marijuana may have some influence in reducing pain and inflammation, which is the precise reason it is recommended to those suffering from chronic pain. Cannabis also helps in reducing anxiety, and there is limited research on how cannabis may kill cancer cells. For patients who suffer from loss of appetite, cannabis can aid in weight gain.
Using cannabis safely
Medical cannabis should be used with care, and as prescribed by the doctor. Keep in mind that you can only buy the maximum-recommended dose, which may vary from state to state. The budtenders at the cannabis dispensary will help you choose between strains, products, and concentrates. If you are new to weed, smoking or vaping may work best, or else, you can stick to edibles. Ensure that you do not go overboard with cannabis use and be responsible with regular use.
Medical cannabis has helped patients with different physical and mental conditions, and it may become legal for recreational use in many states in times to come. However, there is no denying that cannabis has the potential to reduce certain disease symptoms, if not offer complete cure.