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20 Facts, Effects And Legality Of Medical marijuana
1: The only reason it is considered more addictive than marijuana is because it’s psychologically addicting rather than physically addicting.
2: In September of 2015, the DEA had a petition given to them regarding whether they should reclassify marijuana. They decided to keep it as a schedule I drug because they determined there was not enough scientific evidence to support its medical use.
3: In terms of actual physical addiction, however, marijuana is present in one of the lowest percentages of addicts using drugs. Approximately 9% of marijuana users become physically dependent on it and only 1-2% will ever develop a severe dependency for marijuana.4: In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, but before this time less than 20% (during the 70’s) of Americans approved using cannabis for medical reasons.5: More recently, though, polls have shown that over 80% of Americans support legalization for medical purposes.6: Statistics show that approximately 80-90% of all Americans living with cancer use some form of cannabis in their treatment plan
The most common conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in the US are pain and nausea. In addition, other conditions that have been approved include muscle spasms, glaucoma, migraines, epilepsy, PTSD and seizures. There are many different types of medical marijuana, each with their own unique benefits. Here’s a look at some of the most popular types:
What Is Medical Marijuana?
So what exactly is medical marijuana? Medical marijuana refers to the use of cannabis and its derivatives to treat symptoms of disease or improve overall health. It can be used in a variety of ways, including smoking, eating or drinking it as an oil. Medical marijuana is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including cancer, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. It can also help people with chronic pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy. And it’s not just humans who benefit from medical marijuana—it’s also been shown to help our furry friends! In addition to being used as a medicine, medical marijuana is also used for recreational purposes. In fact, many people use cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes. For example, some people might use medical marijuana to treat an illness such as cancer or Crohn’s disease while also using it recreationally to enjoy the calming effects of THC and CBD. This is a very complex plant which contains over 400 different chemical entities of which more than 60 are cannabinoid compounds.
Uses Of Medical Marijuana:
Check out these astounding facts about medical marijuana. Some of the findings might surprise you
1: Cannabis is used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
cancer stress appetite loss seizures migraines vomiting neuropathy muscle spasms
many more conditions ….
2: Cannibis can be used in many ways, such as:
tinctures inhalators topical applications edibles topical cream
over 50+ ways …..
3: Marijuana might help with opioid addiction
4: Marijuana doesn’t increase your risk of lung cancer like cigarettes do.
5: Cannabis is an effective treatment for cancer-related side effects.
6: Cancer patients’ appetites increase with the use of marijuana.
7: Marijuana can help ease nausea and increase hunger in chemotherapy patients.
8: The mental health benefits of cannabis are undeniable.
9: Medical marijuana can increase sale revenue from a dispensary by 25% or more!!
There is wide range of sicknesses and diseases for which medical marijuana can be used to treat. Medical cannabis can be prescribed to patients for:
- Appetite loss
- Wasting syndrome (cachexia)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Eating disorders such as anorexia
- Muscle spasms
- Mental health conditions like schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Inflammatory bowel
Medical Marijuana Administration
Medical marijuana can be administered in various ways, as it comes in many different forms.
Smoke: Smoking is one of the most common and traditional ways to use marijuana. It’s also one of the most difficult methods to control, as it’s hard to know exactly how much THC you’re getting from a joint or blunt. Smoking medical cannabis can also be a bad idea for patients who are trying to use it for pain management and want to avoid taking more pills. The body absorbs cannabinoids more slowly when they are taken orally, so the effect of smoking may not last as long as a patient would like.
Vaporization: Vaporizing is another popular method of ingesting medical cannabis. This involves heating the marijuana to a temperature that vaporizes the active ingredients, but not enough to burn them. The vapor is then inhaled through an inhaler or pipe. This is a popular alternative to smoking medical cannabis because it eliminates the harmful effects of inhaling smoke. A vaporizer heats the cannabis just enough to extract its active ingredients without burning them, producing a vapor that can be inhaled. As with smoking, different strains can have different effects on the body—vaping allows patients to adjust their dosage based on how they feel after taking each dose.
Injection: In some cases, patients may choose to take their medical marijuana in an injection. This method is particularly useful for those who cannot tolerate other forms of ingestion due to nausea or vomiting.
Edibles: For those who do not have access to medical marijuana in their state, edibles are another option. These can be made at home with cannabis-infused cooking oils or purchased from dispensaries that sell them. It is important for patients to consult their doctor before taking any form of cannabis because it can affect the body in different ways depending on your method of consumption. Patients should always start with the lowest possible dose when taking edibles for the first time and wait at least two hours before increasing the amount if necessary.
Pills: Another form of medical marijuana is pills. These are usually made from cannabis oil and are taken orally. They can be used to treat chronic pain, muscle spasms and other conditions that require long-term treatment.
Tinctures: Cannabinoids can be extracted in an alcohol or glycerin solution that can be put under the tongue and absorbed through the mouth.
Topicals: Topical forms of medical cannabis are applied directly to the skin. These products can be used to treat pain and inflammation, but they do not produce a high. They include things like lotions, sprays and patches that are applied directly to the affected area.
Medical Marijuana Strains
There are literally thousands of marijuana strains out there, and each has been bred for specific uses. Different types of strains produce different effects, which means it is important for medical marijuana patients to choose strains that are effective in treating their particular medical issues. One strain may be very helpful for one patient, and ineffective for another.
Sativa medical marijuana strains: Sativa medical marijuana strains are known for their energizing, uplifting effects. These strains can provide relief from depression and anxiety, as well as help patients feel more sociable. Marijuana patients who suffer from seizures or muscle spasms may find that sativa strains reduce these symptoms, as well as providing pain relief. Sativa cannabis strains can also be useful in treating nausea and other related side effects of chemotherapy treatments. Symptoms that sativa strains can help treat includes nausea, low appetite, depression, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, migraines, and ADHD. Popular sativa strains include sour diesel, Jack Herer, and lemon haze.
Indica medical marijuana strains: Indica strains are typically used to treat appetite loss insomnia, sleep apnea, chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. They can also be used to help patients who suffer from depression or anxiety disorders. Indica strains will not make you feel as “high” as sativa strains do; however, they may provide more of an immediate effect for those who need pain relief. Popular indica cannabis strains include Granddaddy Purple, Hindu Kush and OG Kush.
Hybrid medical marijuana strains: Hybrid strains are a combination of sativa and indica, and they’re often used to treat pain, insomnia, depression and anxiety. Some people use hybrid strains to help with nausea as well. Hybrid cannabis strains can be beneficial for people who have trouble sleeping because they tend to make you feel more relaxed than other strains do.
Low-THC strains of medical marijuana: For patients that do not want to feel any psychoactive effects from their medical weed, strains that are low in THC and high in CBD are available. High-CBD strains are useful for treating epilepsy, fatigue, muscle spasms, depression, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. Popular low-THC strains include Charlotte’s web and harlequin.
Potential Effects Of Medical Marijuana
Potential side effects which may arise from taking medical marijuana include:
- Psychosis (at high doses)
- Impaired motor
- Impaired short-term memory
- Altered judgment
- Increased appetite
At times, patients develop a tolerance to these effects over a period of a few weeks. However, it is advised for patients not to drive, operate machinery or perform other hazardous activities while using cannabis.
In Which States IS Medical Marijuana Legal?
Cannabis is legal in the following states:
CA NM CO AK WA OR HI NV NJ MA CT DE OR NJ IL VT AZ CO ME UT MD MT ID KS MI ND MN AL WI NE IA KS MO AR NM TX WV OH WY DC NE SC OK LA MS AL Different parts of the country have different legal statuses. For example, in Texas it’s illegal to buy or consume recreational marijuana, but you can use weed for medicinal.
It is important to do research on your specific state to fully understand your state’s medical marijuana laws.