HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA WORKS, AND WHICH CONDITIONS IT TREATS
What is medical marijuana
Medical marijuana is marijuana that’s been used to treat medical conditions or diseases. There’s very little difference between medical marijuana and that of recreational marijuana only that medical marijuana is used for the purposes of medicine.
Marijuana contains over 100 different compounds called cannabinoids — each one offering a different effect on the body. The two common and popular cannabis compounds are THC or tetrahydrocannabinol and CBD or cannabidiol. These two are the major players when it comes to the medical application of marijuana.
THC is the compound responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. Simply put, it makes people high. CBD, on the other hand, is responsible for the different effects associated with cannabis use like sleepiness, relaxation, and an increase in appetite.
How medical marijuana helps
Cannabinoids are the active compounds found in the marijuana plant. They have similar structures to other chemicals found in the body, which is why humans are affected by the effects of marijuana. These cannabinoids often interact with the different systems and processes of the body, many of which are involved in appetite, pain, memory, and movement.
Medical marijuana and seizure disorder
There has been a lot of buzz about marijuana being able to treat people with seizures. In recent years, a drug was approved by the FDA for sales and distribution. Epidiolex has been proven to treat a certain kind of seizure disorder that affects children. This kind of seizure is usually resistant to drug intervention and is very difficult to treat. After taking the drug, many patients noticed a significant drop in epileptic episodes.
How medical marijuana is taken
Ask any cannabis fan, and they will go off on a rant on the best way to take marijuana. The traditional and most common way is by smoking the flower. They can be rolled like a cigarette and lit. Inhaling the vapor is also another popular way to consume marijuana with the use of a vaporizer.
A new way that many people have begun consuming medical marijuana is by eating it. The active chemicals of the plant can be extracted and mixed in with food ingredients. Gummies, brownies, candies, and cookies are some of the most popular forms of marijuana edibles.
In recent years, marijuana has been infused in different products like lotions, sprays, cream, and oil. They can be applied topically, and their compounds absorbed through the skin. Under the tongue liquid drops is also a new way to consume marijuana. The effects are felt quicker than merely ingesting it.
Side effects of medical marijuana
The common side effects of marijuana consumption include but are not limited to: red eyes, dizziness, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, and hallucinations.
It can also affect one’s judgment and coordination, which is why driving while under the influence of the drug is highly discouraged. Using marijuana during teen years can also affect one’s IG and mental functioning.
Smoking marijuana has almost the same side effects as cigarette smoking. The long-term effects of smoking marijuana are still being studied. There has been evidence, however, that suggests it can increase the risk of developing bronchitis and other problems in the lungs.
Conditions that medical marijuana treats
1. Chronic pain
The vast majority of medical marijuana prescription is given to patients who are suffering from some form of chronic pain. Extensive studies and resources have been poured into understanding how marijuana helps with pain relief. And while there is still no concrete proof that shows marijuana is effective, the evidence is growing. Because of this, many medical practitioners in countries and states with legal weed have given the thumbs-up for chronic pain patients to use medical marijuana.
2. Multiple sclerosis
There are clear signs that cannabinoids can help people who suffer from this debilitating disease. It can help with pain, muscle spasm, and stiffness, symptoms that can limit movement to people with MS. Reports from many patients are an encouraging sign for others seeking relief from MS symptoms, and it has encouraged more trials and studies to be conducted about the topic.
Patients with cancer often suffer from nausea and vomiting because of the effects of chemotherapy. In some cases, medical marijuana is prescribed to help resolve the symptom. People taking medical marijuana experience lesser chances of nausea and vomiting than those taking a placebo. This is encouraging findings that point medical marijuana to be a viable alternative to traditional anti-nausea medications.