Medical marijuana has been legalized in a majority of US states and many other countries around the world permit the use of cannabis for medical purposes. But controversy and questions still exist surrounding medical marijuana use.
Here we take a look at medical cannabis, what it is, what are its benefits, and how to use cannabis for medical purposes. We give you some info about medical use so you can make a more informed choice regarding using this substance as a medical aid.
What Exactly Is Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana utilizes the chemicals in the marijuana plant or the plant itself in order to treat medical conditions. The product is the same as marijuana used for recreational purposes, although the quality is generally more uniformly higher and you can use marijuana in other forms aside from smoking.
The marijuana plant is made up of more than 100 active chemicals that are named cannabinoids. These have various effects in the body. CBD (cannabidiol) oil is one of the main substances used in medical treatments with marijuana.
Using Marijuana for Medical Conditions
Cannabis is used to treat a wide variety of conditions. These include chronic pain and inflammatory conditions as well as psychological conditions. Marijuana is said to treat Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, bowel diseases, epilepsy, eye conditions, multiple sclerosis, mental health conditions, muscle spasms, and nausea.
There has been limited research into the effectiveness of marijuana for these conditions and a lot of the evidence is anecdotal at present. There is more evidence for the use of marijuana in chronic pain, as well as for treating nausea and muscle spasms.
Marijuana is believed to work by helping to reduce inflammation in the body as well as reduce anxiety, and to help promote looser muscles and reduce muscle pain. It may be able to kill cancer cells, although this is under debate. It can also help to reduce nausea caused by chemotherapy and can improve weight gain in people who are being treated for cancer.
Getting Medical Marijuana
In states where medical marijuana use is permitted, you need to get a license or a permit from a doctor. The doctor must also be licensed to deal with medical marijuana. You must also suffer from a health condition that is included in the list of conditions that qualify for cannabis treatment. Once you have a permit you can buy marijuana from dispensaries or online.
How to Use Medical Marijuana
You can smoke marijuana for medical conditions just as you would smoke it for recreational use. Rolling a joint, however, is not particularly easy or attractive for some people. You can also inhale it through a vaping system, you can eat it in gummies or brownies, or you can apply the oil directly to your skin. The method you use will depend on your personal preference as well as the effects it has on your body. For example, when you smoke you experience the effects more rapidly than when you eat products containing the oil.