Smoking is of course injurious to health. However is it the case with all drugs being smoked? Or what about taking that drug in another way? Other than smoking it? Will it be still injurious? In the same way, we are in a fix about the use of “medical marijuana”. Where FDA mentions it as a schedule 1 narcotic contrary. However 33 states of the USA have legalized its use. Are you still confused? Either to use it or not?
Hello viewers! Welcome back to social tomatoes. Today in this video, we will answer you about all such queries and put an end to all your confusion. First, let us get some facts about medical marijuana.
More than 3 million Americans use medical marijuana to treat dangerous conditions. This number is accelerating. Especially among older adults. The fastest-growing group, increasing 10-15% every year.
We are learning about medical marijuana. What is it? What does it do? And to know about medical marijuana we need to learn some vocabulary. The wide world of marijuana can be confusing. For that understanding, basic terminologies can help you navigate the facts.
Marijuana is often referred to as cannabis, as it is part of the cannabis family of plants. The marijuana plant can take over a hundred different chemicals called cannabinoids.
What are Cannabinoids?
These are active chemicals that can alter the mind and body in a variety of ways, some of which have proven beneficial.
What about the treatments?
Does it treat? And does it work? There is a growing body of research that suggests marijuana may help treat certain conditions.
Other studies suggest that it could help treat PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). It also manage nausea from chemotherapy, ease pain from MS (multiple sclerosis) and other conditions.
Experts say; if you are using marijuana instead of opiates for the pain it is much safer. Even if it’s not without side effects, but almost always safer than what else you would be using.
Two cannabinoids from plants that are being studied and used for their medicinal value are, THC tetrahydrocannabinol and CBD cannabidiol. THC contains the mind-altering properties associated with feeling high, while CBD offers health benefits without causing a high. Medical marijuana is not currently considered a proper cure. But it is used for therapeutic benefits of symptom relief. THC can reduce nausea, increase appetite, decrease pain and inflammation and help with muscle control problems. Marijuana’s use may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease
Benefits of CBD
CBD has benefits including pain reduction, controlling epileptic seizures. it is even useful to treat mental illness and addiction.
The therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana can help those who are suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, and Crohn’s. Crohn’s disease just to name a few whiles. The FDA has not approved marijuana as medicine. The study of its cannabinoids has led to two FDA-approved medications that use cannabinoid chemicals and a pill. It’s strange, why such a beneficial drug is still not approved completely? We’ll come to that side of the coin too. With this, you can further learn about the causes and effects of teen alcohol and drug abuse by clicking above.
Let’s dig deeper into how marijuana interacts with the body. CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system furthermore it is the largest neurotransmitter system within the body. And it helps to regulate our homeostasis from temperature to appetite to reproduction to sleep/wake cycle. Where CBD and THC interact with receptors on the cell. Once they interact, they can stimulate bone health. They can decrease blood pressure, modulate your perception of pain, and even your memory of an unfavorable event.
What about the law? Is it legal?
Under federal law, marijuana is illegal to sell, possess or use. Besides thirty-three states together with Washington DC, now permit medical marijuana for qualifying patients. Thirteen states have passed laws allowing limited-potency cannabis-based products. Eleven states have legalized its recreational use.
What is the process of treatment from marijuana?
How can a doctor prescribe it? State laws vary for medical use. In most cases, a patient would first need to visit a state-certified or trained medical professional. Medical professionals can’t prescribe a product or dosage but can provide formal approval for medical use.
Typically, a patient would then need to apply to their state registry, which would issue a card that allows them to purchase marijuana at a dispensary. It can offer a hundred products with a wide range of effects.
Remember, potency varies by strain and form, and it can often be tough to estimate a patient’s tolerance. Before engaging in a cannabis-based medical treatment, a patient should consult a doctor and approach with caution. There is limited scientific research. And as with any medication, effects vary by user. Hopefully, this has made your mind far clear about its use.
Marijuana side effects
How can we ignore the opposite side of the picture? Let’s have a look at some major cons of its use.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse states that marijuana is the most common illicit drug in the US additionally the third most common cause of drug-related emergency department visits. Marijuana use has steadily increased over the past decade among middle and high school students. Moreover, marijuana use will likely increase due to increasing legalization for medicinal and recreational use.
Let’s understand the scenario of the destructive effects of marijuana.
Much of the available data on 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the key psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, relates to its neurological effects and anti-emetic properties, with very little on the cardiovascular effects of THC.
Available literature shows that THC has three crucial effects on the cardiovascular system in the form of cannabis arteritis, cannabis-induced vasospasms, and platelet aggregation, with an unknown verdict on the relationship between marijuana use and atherosclerosis progression.
Too many medical terms to be understood? It simply means the effects of marijuana on the cardiovascular system are extremely worrisome and likely need more attention due to the growing legalization of cannabis for medicinal and recreational use across the US.
What are the different ways to take medical marijuana?
As a whole flower, you can vape or eat it. But when THC and CBD are extracted from it, you can take them as pills, tinctures, or spray.
Administration of pure THC may cause hallucinations and psychotic episodes. In clinical trials, dronabinol precipitated dysphoria, depersonalization, anxiety, panic reactions, and paranoia.
Oral administration may therefore be difficult for patients who are anorexic, nauseous, or vomiting. Such patients find it much easier to inhale than to hold down a capsule.
To avoid side effects associated with oral pharmacokinetics; other routes of THC administration have been proposed. Aerosolized THC caused much more airway irritation than did marijuana smoke.
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