Medical marijuana has being made legal in more than half the districts of Columbia and the states in the United States. Even though marijuana is used by many around the world, It has only being approved by the FDA to be used in the treatment of two severe and rare forms of epilepsy (Drayet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome). Research on medical marijuana is limited and this is because the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, likely to be wrongly used and also has insignificant impact in medicine. Hence, you will need a special licence before studying this substance.
What is Medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana is still the same old regular buddy we know (marijuana) we know. The only difference is that, rather than abusing the plant, we us it for medical purposes such as treating specific medical conditions. The whole plant can be put to use, or just an extract of the plant to perform the said task. There are more than 100 chemicals found in the marijuana plant and each differs from the next. These chemicals are called cannabinoids with THC and CBD (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and Cannabidiol respectively) being the main chemicals applied in medicine. THC is the chemical behind the “HIGH” individuals experience after consuming this substance.
Uses of medical marijuana and conditions it treats:
Medical marijuana has been known to treat a number of conditions some of which includes:
Cachexia or wasting syndrome
Bonn-Miller said, “The greatest amount of evidence for the therapeutic effects of cannabis relate to its ability to reduce chronic pain, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, and spasticity [tight or stiff muscles] from MS,”
Mechanism of marijuana
The active compounds of marijuana known as Cannabinoids has some resemblance to chemicals produced by our body that play an active role in some day to day activities and feelings such as movement, appetite, pain, and memory. These chemicals are known to help in a couple of health conditions including:
Pain relieving and the reduction of inflammation
Reducing the rate of tumor growth by damaging cancerous cells
Aids in the reduction of anxiety.
Can help in controlling vomiting and nausea the resulted from chemotherapy treatment in cancer patience .
Can help individuals suffering from AIDS and Cancer gain weight(It stimulates appetite).
Individuals suffering from MS also benefit from it a it stimulates muscles found in the tight region of the body.
How to take marijuana:
You can consume medical marijuana in different ways. Here are some ways to do so:
Use a device known as a vaporizer to inhale it. This device turns the marijuana into mist.
Take it in as regular food
Smoke it which I guess a lot of people prefer this method of consumption
You can also collect a few drop of the medical extract and place it under the tongue
You can add to your body lotions and apply to your skin.
The method you choose to go with is up to you as an individual. Each method works better depending on your medical condition so you will need to see a doctor for medical advice on how to take this drug.