The debate about the merits (or disservice) of recreational marijuana use is worthy of continual exploration. The benefits of medical marijuana, however, are almost impossible to argue. Like any medicine, natural or synthetic, education, administration, and proper use need to be implemented. Let’s take a look at some helpful facts about medical marijuana…
The Cannabis plant is a genus. The two most commonly grown are Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. They are two distinct species from the Cannabis family. Whether for recreation or medicine, different strains of marijuana are generally produced from those two species.
Both Sativa and Indica have varying amounts of THC and CBD. THC produces a more psychoactive effect; it is known more for affecting the “head.” CBD helps relieve the “body.” Alone, CBD does not have any psychoactive effect; it relaxes the body and aids with pain relief.
Depending on the degree of THC or CBD utilized in the formulation medicinal marijuana, it can help:
- relieve nausea, help those going through chemotherapy
- relieve pain from autoimmune diseases, migraines, arthritis, AIDS, among others chronic disorders
- reduce spasms and seizures
- reduce flare-ups for those with IBD and Crohn’s
- stimulate appetite
- reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD
- relieve insomnia
- and assist with other symptoms derived from many physical and mental afflictions
Different strains of marijuana can be created depending on the specie of cannabis used and the amount of THC or CBD a patient needs in the medicine. A simple, overall view of Sativa and Indica may look something like this:
- The plant has long, narrow leaves, is not particularly dense, and grows taller than Indica.
- Affects the mind more than the body
- Has higher levels of THC
- May be uplifting
- Increase alertness
- Encourage creativity
- May increase energy
A strain formulated from Sativa may help those with anxiety, depression, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and others.
- The leaves are short and wide, and the plant appears bushy and dense
- Affects the body
- Increases physical relaxation
- Relieves pain
- Helps with sleep
A person suffering from insomnia, chronic pain, or an aversion to eating could benefit from a product containing more CBD, like Indica.
As mentioned, different formulations can be created depending on the type of “medicine” an individual needs.
Medicinal marijuana can be administered in several different forms. It can be:
- taken as a liquid
- used in pill form
Not all states have approved marijuana as a legal medicine. As of June 2017, 29 of the United States, plus Washington D.C. have legalized it as a medical drug. Each state has its own laws regarding possession and use.
Common prescription drugs such as antidepressants and pain pills are given to patients every day—many times without thought to their efficacy, dangerous side effects, or potential for addiction.
There are numerous studies linking prescription pain pills (more specifically, opiates) to eventual heroin use. The opiate addiction in America has become an epidemic. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the leading cause of unintentional death amongst Americans is prescription pill and heroin overdose.
According to the U.S. DEA drug sheet, “no deaths from marijuana overdose have ever been recorded” —something that may be worth food for thought and health. Choosing a course of action for your personal medical care should always be a decision you make with the consultation of your health practitioner, family and trustworthy friends.
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