When we think of marijuana, we automatically think of the pot, and of course, the high that it offers. A lot of being still don’t know that there’s more to cannabis than what seems on the surface. For starters, medical marijuana is the same thing as recreational marijuana, except for the fact that it is used for treating certain conditions. Studies have revealed that marijuana may have some potential for offering relief from some medical symptoms and conditions, which us why medical marijuana is now legal in majority of states in the US. Below is a quick overview, so that you can understand things better.
Understanding the basics
The marijuana plant has a bunch of chemicals that are together called cannabinoids, and there are over a hundred of these cannabinoids. Every cannabinoid works on the body in a different way, and of this, two are important for medicinal purposes – CBD and THC. THC is the short for Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabino and is responsible for that amazing ‘high effect’ that most users look for. you should also know that THC has been approved by FDA for treatment of nausea and loss of appetite, and it can be purchased on prescription.
The use of medical marijuana
Most of the time, medical marijuana is recommended for management of symptoms rather than cure. It can be recommended for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Glaucoma, anorexia, nausea, pain, cachexia and muscle spasms.
How does it work?
Our body products a bunch of natural chemicals that help in reducing pain, inflammation and other responses, and marijuana can help those chemicals in working better. Depending on the condition, medical marijuana can be smoked, used through vapor, consumed as liquid extract, or eaten in form of cookies or brownies.
Accessing medical marijuana
As mentioned, medical marijuana is legal in many states in the US, but to get access to it, you need to have a prescription. You can then get what’s known as the marijuana card, which can be used for buying medical marijuana from sellers that are known as dispensaries. You can only buy the dosage that is recommended.
As more studies are being conducted, further information is likely to be available soon about the use of medical marijuana and its benefits. In any case, marijuana has been legalized in many states for recreational purposes, as well. Check online to find the list of states where both recreational and medical marijuana are legal.