As the industry has grown throughout the years, medical marijuana has become an increasingly common option for treating a variety of conditions. There are two primary compounds in cannabis responsible for its effects: Cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol, usually abbreviated to CBD and THC. Of course, cannabis contains many other compounds, but these two are of particular interest from a healthcare perspective. While cannabis containing more than 0.3 percent THC are illegal under federal law, many states allow the use of THC-containing cannabis for medical purposes. Florida is one of these.
Medical cannabis — also known as medical marijuana — is used in various forms to treat a range of conditions. Cannabis may also be processed in different ways to produce derivatives such as oils and resins. These can be smoked or vaporized, added to food and drink, or blended with carrier oils, creams, or topical application ointments.
Some medications, such as dronabinol, nabilone, and medical-grade cannabidiol, are approved by the FDA to treat certain conditions.
Possible Benefits of Medical Marijuana
- Medical marijuana is used for many conditions, as well as for addressing the side-effects of certain medications. Conditions include:
- Mental illness, including depression
- Seizure disorders such as epilepsy
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
- Multiple sclerosis
- HIV/AIDS-related illnesses
- Cancer (including side-effects from chemotherapy)
- Crohn’s disease
- Chronic and severe pain
- Severe nausea, including cyclical vomiting syndrome
Cannabis has several useful properties that can have positive benefits for those who suffer from the conditions listed above. It’s well-known as being an effective anti-nausea treatment, helping to prevent vomiting as well as improving appetite. Many conditions can cause nausea, as do certain medications. This can be very distressing for patient and can severely hinder their quality of life. Prolonged nausea can also cause dehydration and has implications for the patient’s ability to get enough nutrition for good health. Medical marijuana can reduce nausea and help patients to enjoy food again.
Cannabis can also be an effective pain reliever. Many people are turning to cannabis as a safer alternative to opiate use and abuse. The pain-relieving effects of cannabis have been well-researched and has been very useful for multiple conditions. People recovering from injuries may use cannabis to help with severe pain. Those with painful conditions such as arthritis, back pain, and migraines may use medical marijuana to relieve their symptoms.
Marijuana is also known to produce a significant decrease in eye pressure when used by glaucoma patients. This improves symptoms and has also helped prevent further damage to the eyes from the disease. For this reason, some states (including Florida) make medical cannabis readily available to those with glaucoma.
Cannabis is useful for various forms of seizure disorder. Cannabidiol (CBD) is used for certain severe and intractable forms of epilepsy in children. Adults with seizure disorders may use medical marijuana to treat their conditions.
People with conditions that cause muscle spasms may also use medical marijuana. Various neurological and other conditions can cause muscle spasms, including cerebral palsy and nervous system conditions like ALS or multiple sclerosis (MS). Marijuana is commonly used to relieve symptoms of these.
Cannabis has a role in managing mental illness, too. It can help with the low mood and low energy levels associated with depression and anxiety, and panic disorders. Medical marijuana is also used in some forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. It can help improve mood and reduce the stress and anxiety associated with such conditions.
Medical marijuana has started a revolution and we’re here for the ride. Stop by any of our One Plant store locations for strain suggestions and insight.
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