Medical marijuana is the latest craze as more and more states start to legalize it for revenue generation and also a shift in the war on drugs. The ability to control marijuana from a dispensary, regulate it and tax it means that the illegal drug trade loses a large amount of revenue. I have never used medical marijuana but have friends who have. I have smelled it at sporting events, parks, beaches and even Sesame Place. Seriously, at a children’s park. To each their own, but what is the big deal about it? Lets discuss some basic concepts on medical marijuana.
What Is It?
Medical cannabis (marijuana) is a plant that has two main active ingredients (tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), which are used in medicine as disease treatment or to alleviate symptoms. THC is the main ingredient that gives you that high sensation. This plant has been around since the beginning of time and referred to previously as hemp. Now hemp seeds were used as food in ancient times and that is how humans discovered their high effects.
What Does It Treat?
Medical marijuana has been used to treat chronic pain, nausea, glaucoma, vomiting from chemotherapy and helps with treatment of AIDS patients. In addition, it also is an appetite stimulant (munchees) and helps suppress muscle spasms. Keep in mind that you can’t go to a medical dispensary and say you have nausea or chronic pain. It has to be regulated by your doctor and prescriptions are monitored by law enforcement agencies.
Even though cannabis is all natural, there are some side effects that one can encounter. For short term use you can expect weight gain and dizziness. For long term use, you can expect stunted growth, liver damage, reduced brain stimulation, lung damage (smoking is bad for you) as well as cardiovascular damage. Full studies haven’t been performed for long term usage but I suspect marijuana abuse is the largest worry.
How Is It Consumed?
There are four main ways to consume medical marijuana. You can smoke it like most prefer to do. You can add it to baked products such as brownies and cookies. Then you can have it in prescription pill form and finally as a skin cream. One of the easiest way to get it into your blood stream is through your skin. All four ways are effective but baked and smoked seem to be the preferred choices. To get more information you can go to marijuana.com. I can’t be an expert in something I don’t use.
So if you are in pain and have been cleared by the doctor for using cannabis, you have to make sure you live in the right state and can go to a weed map to locate your closest dispensary. The most common one found seems to be weedmaps.com or you can download the weedmap on itunes. That is just amazing.
Do you use medical marijuana?