Effects of Using Medical Marijuana
There are few subjects that stir up strong emotions among policy makers, doctors, researchers, scientists and even the general public – like medical marijuana.
Should it be legalized? Should it be decriminalized? Has its effectiveness been verified? Under what circumstances is it useful? How do we keep teenagers from accessing it? Is it really the much touted “wonder drug”? Or is medical marijuana just a ploy to legalize marijuana in the long run?
These are just a few of the practical questions being asked around the subject of medical marijuana. We may not be able to answer all these question here today, but we sure will put the issue of using medical marijuana into perspective. Hopefully you can deduce your own conclusions out of these hence make levelheaded choices.
Currently, marijuana is legal in 30 states. Nevertheless it is still illegal as far as the federal government is concerned.
Today, an estimated several million Americans use marijuana, with at least 85% of Americans supporting the legalization of medical marijuana.
The experts are still researching and there is so much information yet to be discovered about Endocannabinoid System. Whatever has been found so far; it is the most basic system to influence our feelings. Problem in the Endocannabinoid System means lack of appetite, mood swings, hormonal issues, and all sorts of imbalanced vital physiological functions of our body. The Endocannabinoid System involves in bringing sleep, making you feel hungry, feeling pain, and even it even stimulates memory and moods.
Cannabidiol known in short as CBD is an extract from the hemp plant that has little, if any, intoxicating properties. Its counterpart, tetrahydrocannabinol known in short as THC, is the chemical that causes the “high” associated with marijuana use.
Marijuana itself contains more than 100 active components. The CBD-dominant strains contain little or no THC; hence patients report very little if any change in consciousness from its use.
Researchers from Arizona State University tracked the marijuana use of over 1,000 New Zealanders from birth to middle age to see what effect those habits have on some common measures of physical health, including lung function, inflammation, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, body weight, blood sugar, and dental health.
Typically, patients in a legal state looking to access medical marijuana will need to gain a doctor’s recommendation for their condition. Some states limit access to marijuana to a specific list of medical indications.
Research hints that marijuana can produce the following beneficial effects for therapeutic use:
- nausea and vomiting
- improving sleep
- pain-relieving effects
- stimulating appetite
- encouraging bone growth
- reducing inflammation
- inhibiting the growth of tumors
- resisting bacteria
Uses of Medical Marijuana
The most common use for medical marijuana is for chronic pain control, although not for severe pain like a broken bone or post-surgical pain. However, it is effective in managing nerve pain and the pain of multiple sclerosis, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and most other conditions that cause chronic pain.
Its allure stems from the knowledge that it is way safer than opiates. In fact, it is impossible to overdose on medical marijuana and it is certainly less addictive.
The endocannabinoid system consists of at least two types of G-protein-coupled receptor, cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors, of endogenous agonists for these receptors that are known as ‘endocannabinoids’ and include anandamide
This is an area where few other options exist, and those that do, such as Lyrica, Neurontin, or opiates are highly sedating. Patients report that medical marijuana allows them to resume their previous activities without feeling totally out of it and disconnected.
Medical marijuana perfectly substitutes NSAIDs such as Aleve or Advil or if people can’t take them due to complications with their kidneys or GERD or ulcers
Marijuana is said to be an excellent muscle relaxant, and it is effective in lessening tremors in Parkinson’s disease, treating glaucoma, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and is highly effective in managing nausea and weight loss.
Talk to Your Doctor
More and more patients want to know about medical marijuana but feel embarrassed to bring this up with their doctor. This is partly because the medical community has been, overly dismissive of this issue. Well, don’t be!
Now more than ever, Medical marijuana doctors are more open about medical marijuana and trying to keep ahead of their patients knowledge on this issue.
If you or a loved one is interested in the benefits of medical marijuana, please contact us today or visit our website now to schedule an appointment!