Most people know that marijuana is only used for recreational purposes.
Well, it is true that pot is more popular for recreational use.
Many people use it to get high – especially if you’re in California!
Marijuana is also used for medicinal purposes.
Medicinal marijuana is basically the same thing as recreational marijuana.
The distinct difference is that one is taken as a medicine, and the other is taken for recreation.
Part or extraction from the marijuana plant is usually processed to come up with drugs that treat different conditions.
Medicinal Properties of Marijuana
The marijuana plants contain over 100 different kinds of cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are chemicals found in cannabis, which have different effects on the body.
The most popular cannabinoids in marijuana are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Both THC and CBD are used to treat different kinds of diseases.
THC is also the component that is responsible for making people high when they smoke marijuana.CBD does not make people high.
THC and CBD treat different conditions.
What are some of the conditions treated by medicinal marijuana? Doctors have been recommending the use of medicinal marijuana to their patients.
Medicinal marijuana has successfully managed many conditions.
It has successfully been used to manage some conditions such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Anorexia and other eating disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
Research conducted on both animals and human beings have shown that marijuana can prevent the growth of cancer cells, or might even reduce the size of the cells.
The reliability of cannabis to treat the conditions mentioned earlier and diseases has not been proven yet.
However, the ability of marijuana to manage the side effects of chemotherapy can be trusted.
Some of the side effects of chemotherapy that can be treated by marijuana include:
- Chronic pain
- Spasticity characterized by stiffening and tightening of muscles
Medicinal marijuana has been found to have an ability to boost appetite levels, especially in AID patients.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of two marijuana medicine, dronabinol and nabilone, which are used to treat nausea, and improve appetite.
A large number of parents with epileptic children have reported that medical marijuana has been of great help to them.
Medical marijuana helps control seizures in children.
Centers researching epilepsy have been conducting experiments on a drug called epidiolex, to try and figure out how it works.
Epidiolex’s main component is CBD.
The drug has found use as a therapy for people whose epilepsy and seizures are severe.
Epileptic people who have used this drug have surprisingly registered a drop to the number of seizures they get.
With the use of this drug, the seizures often become less severe.
This drug has, however, no approval by FDA.
How is medicinal marijuana taken? Recreational marijuana is often introduced into the body through smoking it, sniffing it in powder form, and through eating products that contain it, such as cannabutter cookies.
Medicinal marijuana is often introduced into the body through pills, applying it in lotion form, or taking it in liquid form.
However, although in rare circumstances, medicinal marijuana may be smoked.
Smoking is often employed if the effects of marijuana are instantly needed into the body.
For instance, if a patient needs to relieve chronic pains, smoking marijuana will alleviate it faster than any other form.
How Medicinal marijuana works Despite being clear that pot has medicinal values, it is not clear how its components treat different conditions.
However, the chemical composition of cannabinoids is similar to the chemical compositions of the substances released by the body to treat various ailments.
For instance, marijuana can:
- Control vomiting and nausea
- Reduce inflammation and pain
- Reduce anxiety
- Counter the multiplication of cancer cells
- Relax stiff muscles The human body produces its cannabinoids.
These body-produced cannabinoids are responsible for memory, thinking concentration, regulation of pleasure, and controlling of the 5 senses.
The cannabinoids from medicinal marijuana boost the workability of the body-produced cannabinoids.
Controversies concerning the use of medicinal marijuana The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) does not approve the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
DEA categorizes medicinal marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug.
Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin and ecstasy.DEA insists that these drugs are abused, and have no medicinal value.
Side effects of using medicinal marijuana Just like any other drug, medicinal marijuana has side effects too.
Patients who have used marijuana for medicinal purposes report side effects such as red eyes, dizziness, low blood pressure, hallucinations, and rapid heartbeats.
Medicinal marijuana may also inhibit proper body coordination and judgment.
Patients who have used medicinal marijuana are advised not to drive, or operate machinery.
Driving under the influence of medicinal marijuana may cause accidents.
Medicinal marijuana may also affect proper brain development if young patients use it.
Some of the chemical composition of tobacco is also found in marijuana.
This implies that using marijuana for medicinal purposes may result in some of the widespread effects of smoking such as heart failures, bronchitis, lung cancer, and discolored teeth.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse explains that medicinal marijuana is addictive, just like recreational marijuana.
A patient may become dependent on the drug.
They may feel the need to use medicinal marijuana, even after the condition they were treating has been healed.
To reduce the side effects that result from the use of medicinal cannabinoids, marijuana meant for medical purposes may be grown under special conditions.
These conditions come in handy in reducing the concentration of some cannabinoids responsible for the different effects.
In conclusion, marijuana is not only used for recreation.
It is also useful for treating quite a large number of diseases.
Some of the governments, such as various states in the United States have approved the use of medicinal marijuana.
Other organizations such as DEA and FDA disapprove the use of medicinal marijuana.
Taking medicinal marijuana may be seen as a way of avoiding other recommended drugs, but it surely has a capability of treating certain conditions and diseases.