What is medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant or chemicals in it to treat diseases or conditions. It’s basically the same product as recreational marijuana, but it’s taken for medical purposes says a group of Orlando and Lake Mary Marijuana Doctors.
The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the main chemicals used in medicine. THC also produces the “high” people feel when they smoke marijuana or eat foods containing it.
How does it help?
Cannabinoids — the active chemicals in medical marijuana — are similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain.
Research suggests cannabinoids might:
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
- Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy
- Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
- Relax tight muscles in people with MS
- Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS
Can medical marijuana help with seizure disorders?
Medical marijuana received a lot of attention a few years ago when parents said that a special form of the drug helped control seizures in their children. So far, research hasn’t proved it works. But some epilepsy centers are testing a drug called Epidiolex, which is made from CBD, as a therapy for people with very severe or hard-to-treat seizures. In studies, some people had a dramatic drop in seizures after taking this drug. The drug has not received FDA approval.
Marijuana Policy Project – https://www.mpp.org
Americans For Safe Access – http://www.safeaccessnow.org
Project CBD – https://www.projectcbd.org
Center For Medicinal Cannabis Research – http://www.cmcr.ucsd.edu
Drug War Facts – http://www.drugwarfacts.org
Bluebird Botanicals – https://www.bluebird-botanicals.com
High Times – http://hightimes.com
Benefits of Marijuana – http://www.benefitsofmarijuana.com/benefits.php
Florida Heath Department: Office Of Compassionate Use – http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/office-of-compassionate-use/