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Understanding the Science Behind the Medical Use of Marijuana

Marijuana is a name given to the dried form of flowers, buds, and leaves of the cannabis sativa plant. This greenish-grey mixture of the plant also goes by terms ranging from weed, herb, grass, hash, and ganja. Although the benefits of marijuana are popular around the world for centuries, the specifics of them have been getting popular amongst the medical world with the conclusion of a wide array of scientific studies, especially after the discovery of the compounds found in it called CBD and THC.

 

Marijuana falls under the classification of a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act 1970, thereby posing it as a potential for abuse and harm. However, the States in the US place their belief in its medical use in their individual capacity. As many as 33 States of the US, District of Columbia, and four out of five permanently inhabited US territories endorse medical marijuana.

 

 

A study conducted by a vastly popular journal Drug and Alcohol Review gave a comprehensive image of the impression medical marijuana generates over the patients. A whopping 92% of the participants gave their verdict in favor of the ability of marijuana to help in the recovery from serious ailments and diseases. It is also noticeable that about one in twenty people in the State of California has been using it over the years to fight against grave injuries.

The reason behind the effectiveness of medical marijuana

Medical marijuana reacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) similar to the natural processed do in our body. ECS is a biological system involved in regulating physiological processes such as movement, memory, appetite, and pain. Marijuana consists of compounds known as cannabinoids, which is responsible for interaction with the receptors of the ECS in the body, known as CB1 and CB2. The former is found in the brain, the nervous system, and organs like kidneys, lungs, and eyes. CB2, on the other hand, are found in the tissues that play the role of strengthening the immune system, such as white blood cells, tonsils, spleen, and bone marrow.

Cannabinoids present in the medical marijuana thus help patients tackle a wide range of illnesses efficiently, including epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), glaucoma, autism, multiple sclerosis, among a number of others. Hence, physicians and doctors are in favor of marijuana’s use for medical treatments alike.

One of the popularly known substances containing high-quality weed concentrate is Shatter, which can be beneficial in the treatment of a range of diseases.

Side-effects Profile

Almost all medical prescriptions that you come across or are advised to be had generally contain elements that are harmful to health. Some tend to have egregious side-effects on the body as well. This is where medical marijuana differs. It has the capability to provide treatments for a variety of ailments with the side-effects being way lesser than those of the prescription drugs.

Despite the fact that marijuana is one of the most illegally sold drugs in the world, there is no recorded instance where anyone has died due to its overdose. According to DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young, as quoted by an article, marijuana is a highly safe substance as far as its consumption is concerned. He also stated that marijuana is one of the safest and most effective therapeutic substances known to mankind.

 

 

However useful medical marijuana is, it does come with its own share of light side-effects despite being a preferred option over prescription drugs. Some of these include uneasiness, thirst, red eyes, sleeplessness, and drowsiness. There is also an apparent effect on the cognitive strength of the mind over a long period of use. In order to avoid these, it is thus highly advisable for the patients to get proper consultation from their doctors and avoid high usage of marijuana. Controlled use and proper dosage can turn out to be a boon for the improvement of the condition of the patient.

Protective and healing in nature

Marijuana consists mainly of 2 compounds: THC and CBD. While THC is responsible for giving a sense of high, CBD provides a number of healing benefits to the body. As per the findings of a study, CBD can also be highly helpful in the treatment of anorexia, chronic pain, neuropathic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disorders.

There are also growing studies that are supporting the idea that medical marijuana has the ability to curb the growth of cancer cells and even kill the existing ones. A study suggests that marijuana can have dramatically positive effects on the patients of brain cancer as well.

THC and CBD in isolation

THC demonstrates properties ranging from analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-emetic. CBD possesses properties that are anti-seizure, antipsychotic, and anti-anxiety in nature. These compounds work best for the body when they are administered together. Isolating them or producing them in the lab takes away their ability to function well for the body and lessens the therapeutic effects of these significantly. An article also suggests that THC and CBD play the role of balancing each other. CBD can be highly useful to tackle the effects of THC in the cases when a high dosage of marijuana is medically preferred by the doctors during the process of treatment.

 

Provides treatment for nausea

Marinol, also called dronabinol, is a substance introduced around the middle of the 1980s. It is a pure and synthetic form of THC, the role of which is to curb the instances of vomiting and nausea that arise during the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

The presence of THC in the substance gives a sensation of euphoria to the patients and enhances sensation. Hence, medical marijuana provides patients with an effective solution to these ailments.

Medical marijuana has come a long way over the course of the year. From being completely looked down upon, to the present days when its use is celebrated, the medical world has slowly embraced its usage.

However, it is also highly necessary that the consumption of marijuana remains at reasonable levels. Getting a prescription from your doctor and using it judiciously shall help you reap all the benefits and avoid all the adverse reactions of marijuana at the same time.

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Author Bio

 

Jessica has been closely studying the cannabis industry trends from quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she takes an interest in penning down her views providing quality insight on current marijuana trends, particularly medical cannabis.

 

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