09 Nov Medical marijuana
What is medical marijuana? In 21 states, marijuana can be prescribed by a doctor for medical purposes.
After reading the above posts about the risks of marijuana, you may now be thinking, Wait??? What??? We just read how bad it was for you! How can it be prescribed medically?????
Good job taking in that information! But marijuana does have some benefits: the psychotropic compound THC in marijuana can combat nausea and stimulate appetite. This is really useful for people with diseases such as HIV that cause a lack of appetite or from patients undergoing chemotherapy who often become nauseous.
DID YOU KNOW? The two main cannabinoids (cannabinoids are small cannabis particles—marijuana contains about 100 different types) that produce effects are THC and CBD. THC is the cannabinoid that makes people experience a “high” while CBD does not.
The other active compound in marijuana is CBD and it can be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation (from painful diseases like glaucoma and Crohn’s disease) and it may also help treat some addictions and mental illnesses. Most notable however, is CBD’s promise in treating seizures. In fact, many people note that it is one of the few treatments for epilepsy that has been shown to be effective. Epilepsy is a condition that causes unpredictable and uncontrollable seizures. Preliminary research, and countless personal stories, point to CBD’s effectiveness in treating this condition.
DID YOU KNOW? Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada, suggests marijuana use could help alleviate symptoms of some mental health conditions, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additionally, Walsh and his team found that medical marijuana can be an effective treatment as an “exit” drug—to stop using opioids.
Unfortunately, because marijuana is illegal, research on the active ingredients has been difficult to do as special permission needs to be obtained to work with and research illegal substances. As such, just how effective these ingredients are and how they work is not entirely understood. In general though, our bodies make marijuana-like chemicals that control pain, inflammation and other processes. It is believed that by adding medical marijuana, those those processes will work more efficiently and optimally.
DID YOU KNOW? Medical marijuana comes in many different forms. It can be smoked, vaporized, eaten or taken in a liquid extract from.
These positive effects of marijuana have sparked a great debate in the United States. Many many people believe it should be legalized. To read more about that debate, see the next sub-post….
Have you heard of medical marijuana? Do you know a story about a life that has changed for the better as a result?
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