MEDICAL MARIJUANA

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Marijuana smokers are often characterized as lazy and unmotivated.  However, the research on why people are choosing cannabis paints a different picture. Studies shows that there is an increase in people that prefer a more homeopathic approach to treatment and find cannabis naturally appealing. Medical Marijuana is gaining wide acceptance for a broad range of uses as more people turn to herbal medicines and homeopathic remedies. Marijuana is becoming a favoured treatment option for those suffering from both physiological and psychological ailments.

Studies show that quality of life is the number one reason people ask for a Cannabis prescription. It could be from headaches or migraines, a disease such as cancer or a chronic condition, like glaucoma or nerve damage. So what exactly does Medical Marijuana treat? And who can and should use it?

First things first— 

WHAT IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA?

Medical marijuana, also called Medical Cannabis, is a term that refers to using the Cannabis Sativa plant to treat or relieve serious and chronic symptoms.

Because the Marijuana plant contains compounds (Cannabinoids) that have been proven to relieve a wide spectrum of symptoms, many have argued that it should be legal to use for medical purposes. This argument has led to a growing number of states and countries that have legalized marijuana for medical use.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

If you have previously only thought of Marijuana as a recreational drug, it may be hard for you to make the mental switch and begin to see it in a more therapeutic light. But it works the same way. As with other prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs, Marijuana works on your brain and nervous system to alter the messages you receive. 

The Cannabis Sativa plant contains significant levels of flavonoids and terpenes as well as its high levels of CBD and THC. These compounds interact with your body through what’s known as the Endocannabinoid System and offer therapeutic and beneficial use to those suffering from chronic illnesses.

WHAT CAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA BE USED FOR?

Many studies have been done on this plant in regards to its efficacy in treating illness. Here is a list of 5 medical benefits of medical marijuana, and some of the conditions it has been documented to treat.

PAIN CONTROL

Pain can certainly affect your quality of life! And is one of the main reasons doctors prescribe medication. Many of those who suffer from chronic pain, feel that they have limited options for long-term relief. The good news is that cannabis appears to be a safer alternative for pain relief. Studies and anecdotal research has shown that patients suffering from neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis experience relief of symptoms from cannabis use at rates higher than those using placebos. It also lacks the addictive repercussions of opioids and dependency of pharmaceutical treatments.

NAUSEA AND VOMITING

A common use of cannabis is to ease the symptoms of nausea. Therefore, Medicinal Marijuana has proven beneficial for those undergoing nausea-inducing treatments such as chemotherapy. Cannabinoids are said to be more effective than traditional anti-nausea medications such as prochlorperazine, promethazine, and metoclopramide, without the typical side effects associated with these drugs.

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)

Canadian studies have found Medical Cannabis to be beneficial in treating PTSD. Along with Psychotherapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) , group therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) , cannabis can help calm nightmares and other symptoms of this disorder. Those who suffer from PTSD report that it helps with symptoms when used in moderate dosages with a stable blood level. 

DEPRESSION

While clinical evidence is limited, cannabis may be a viable alternative for those plagued from some degree of depression. As a catalyst for healthy thoughts and behaviour some strains of cannabis are known to uplift feelings and promote mental focus. Sativa strains particularly can help energize those who are despondent and apathetic. The causes and treatments for combating depression are complex and require multiple modalities of therapy, including counseling. However, researchers share that possible benefits include the restoration of “normal” endocannabinoid function and mood stabilization for those wishing to avoid pharmacological drugs and their associated side effects. 

SLEEP DISORDERS

In the fast-paced world that we live in today, getting an adequate dose of ‘shut-eye’ is often one of the top things people sacrifice. We all know that a lack of sleep can have a serious impact on one’s health.  This impact includes headaches, loss of appetite and focus, irritability, and increased stress levels. Whether you have a sleep disorder such as insomnia or you’re wound up from a stressful day and need help winding down, cannabis might be a choice for you. Studies suggests that cannabis is exceptionally beneficial for those looking to regulate their sleep-wake cycle. The use of CBD is beneficial for mental alertness and THC to induce feelings of lethargy.

Although using cannabis recreationally is still illegal in most places, there has been a steady rise in the popularity of the drug for medicinal purposes.

There are many ways people can use medical cannabis. For example, people can:

  • Smoke it as a dried plant.
  • Brew it into tea.
  • Inhale it as a vapour.
  • Spray it under the tongue.
  • Apply it to the skin.
  • Eat it in prepared or homemade foods (edibles).

 

Do you use Marijuana for Medicinal purposes? If so, share your story here or tag us on IG @kingtutscanna and tell us how it has improved your quality of life. 

39 thoughts on “MEDICAL MARIJUANA

  1. Mmm
    Mmm says:

    The most common use for medical marijuana is for pain control. While marijuana isn’t strong enough for severe pain (for example, post-surgical pain or a broken bone), it is quite effective for the chronic pain that plagues millions of People, especially as they age. Part of its allure is that it is clearly safer than opiates (it is impossible to overdose on and far less addictive) and it can take the place of NSAIDs such as Advil or Aleve, if people can’t take them due to problems with their kidneys or ulcers or GERD.

    In particular, marijuana appears to ease the pain of multiple sclerosis, and nerve pain in general. This is an area where few other options exist, and those that do, such as Neurontin, Lyrica, or opiates are highly sedating. Patients claim that marijuana allows them to resume their previous activities without feeling completely out of it and disengaged.

    Along these lines, marijuana is said to be a fantastic muscle relaxant, and people swear by its ability to lessen tremors in Parkinson’s disease. I have also heard of its use quite successfully for fibromyalgia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, and most other conditions where the final common pathway is chronic pain.

    Marijuana is also used to manage nausea and weight loss and can be used to treat glaucoma. A highly promising area of research is its use for PTSD in veterans who are returning from combat zones. Many veterans and their therapists report drastic improvement and clamor for more studies, and for a loosening of governmental restrictions on its study. Medical marijuana is also reported to help patients suffering from pain and wasting syndrome associated with HIV, as well as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

    This is not intended to be an inclusive list, but rather to give a brief survey of the types of conditions for which medical marijuana can provide relief. As with all remedies, claims of effectiveness should be critically evaluated and treated with caution.

  2. yyc_homegrown
    yyc_homegrown says:

    My aunt uses cannabis for MS because nothing else can help. My mother also uses it for her arthritis again because opioid based medicines are so hard on her system. There is no argument that medical cannabis is a life changer !

  3. EnrisaAnaya
    EnrisaAnaya says:

    Medical Cannabis helps me with my depression and anxiety! It helps lift my mood and actually makes me less lazy. It helps motivate me to actually do things around my house and I sleep better because of it too. I’m so happy to live in Canada where weed is legal ❤️

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