Medical marijuana medication is derived from cannabis plants. The two main species Sativa and Indica hold three main active compounds CBC, THC and CBN that delivers the therapeutic effects. Weeds are being used as medicine for centuries. Strong opinions regarding medical marijuana still lingers in the society.
THC & CBD
Tetrahydrocannabinolis is a psychoactive compound, which offers a high like after consuming marijuana. FDA has approved two man-made THC drugs called nabilone and dronabinol. These drugs help cancer patients suffering from nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy.
Cannabidiol is the other non-psychoactive compound that is believed to supply several medical benefits. At medical marijuana Arizona dispensary, you will find a vast range of CBD and THC concentrations. People who suffer from several illnesses use medical marijuana. It is commonly used to treat –
- Inflammatory bowel disorder
- Muscle spasms
Medical CBD properties
Majority of research is performed on CBD compound.
- Anti-emetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic
CBD is used to treat Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimers disease, and other neurogenerative disorders.
Medical marijuana benefits
The Cannabinoids bind to your endocannabinoid system, which displays an array of effects like –
- Modulates immune system
- Promotes neuroplasticity
- Modulates cognitive and emotion patterns [appetite, learning & motivation, digestive & vascular functions]
Why is medical marijuana still illegal in several states?
FDA still classified it as Schedule I drug, so is still illegal at Federal level. However, medical marijuana is legalized in many states but with different restrictions. In many states, prescription and authorization is needed to issue medical marijuana card. This enables patients to purchase their medical weeds legally.
How to consume medical marijuana
Medical marijuana can be –
- Smoked through pipes or bongs
- Inhaled via vaporizers
- Edibles [lollipop, cake, candies, brownies, etc.]
- Creams, sprays & lotions
Each of the above methods of using marijuana works differently within your body. Effects are rapid, when you vaporize or smoke weeds but if it is eaten the effects take time to set but they last longer.
Medical marijuana side effects
Reported side effects of medical marijuana are –
- Increase in heart beats
- Bloodshot eyes
- Low blood pressure
Marijuana can impact your co-ordination and judgment, which can cause accidents or injuries. If used in teens for some medical illness, weeds impact mental function and IQ level. As weeds contain some chemicals similar to those present in tobacco, smoking can damage lungs.
Is medical marijuana addiction a possibility?
Research suggests that if taken under medical supervision as recommended then the risk of addiction and toxicity is low. High THC level and frequent usage can make user dependent. Cravings increase, which in turn increases the amount to obtain the same effect.
Even though states regulate and monitor medical marijuana products they lack resources. It means the ingredients and strength can differ depending on where you bought. What is written on the labels and what is inside the marijuana product differs? This is the main issue. So, make sure to visit a regulated marijuana dispensary in your area.