Medical Marijuana: All You Must Know
In some parts of the world, medical marijuana has been legalized. For example, some parts of the US and Colombia, medical marijuana is legal but in some form. However, the FDA has only approved it only for medical purpose in treating some conditions like epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndromes.
There is no more research that is done with marijuana because the government considers marijuana as a hard drug and easily abused because of lack of medical value. So to do research with marijuana, you need to have a special license.
All about Medical Marijuana
For medical marijuana, it is from the marijuana plant or the chemical it contains and used in treating conditions and diseases. However, the product is similar to recreational marijuana. Even though, it should be for medical purposes only.
For marijuana plant, it has more than 100 different elements known as cannabinoids. Each of the cannabinoids has different effects when consumed. For medical purposes, the most used chemicals include CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). For THC, it is also known for producing “high”, a feeling that people experience after smoking or eating foods that contain it.
Medical marijuana can treat some conditions that people experience. Some of the conditions include appetite loss, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, eating disorders, Crohn’s disease, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, mental health, muscle spasms, nausea, multiple sclerosis, wasting syndrome and pain. However, it is not yet proven that it treats all these conditions.
However, the greatest amount that offers therapeutic effects is related to nausea, vomiting, and chronic pain because of chemotherapy and spasticity.
The cannabinoid is an active chemical that is found in marijuana and plays a similar role as chemicals found in the body that result in pain, movement, memory, and appetite. So, according to studies, the researchers suggest that use of medical marijuana can result to killing cancer, controlling nausea and vomiting, reducing inflammation, reducing anxiety, relaxing tight muscles and stimulating appetite making people improve in their weight gain especially when suffering from AIDs and cancer.
Side Effects of Medical Marijuana
The FDA approved two types of man-made cannabinoids medicines nabilone and dronabinol that helps in treating vomiting and nausea chemotherapy. It was approved in 2018 and was aiming to treat seizures that are associated with the two rare epilepsy forms, dravet syndrome, and Lennox-Gaustaut.
However, despite the benefits associated with medical marijuana, there are also some effects. These side effects include:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Fast heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
However, these kinds of drugs also affect coordination and judgment that can lead to injuries and accidents. If it will be used during teenage years as the brain continues to develop, it will affect the mental function and IQ of the individual user.
How to Get Medical Marijuana
For you to get medical marijuana, you will need to have any written recommendation that comes from a licensed doctor and marijuana must also be legal in the place. However, it’s not all doctors that recommend the use of marijuana to their patients.