Medical marijuana is a prescription drug consisting of the dried buds of the female cannabis plant. The active ingredient is THC, a cannabinoid, which interacts with the system in the brain involved with pain transmission. Some documented medicinal functions of marijuana include analgesia, anti-convulsant properties, appetite stimulation, antibiotic properties and low toxicity.
Medical marijuana has been prescribed for a range of conditions that cause chronic pain, chronic nausea, appetite loss, sleep disorders, muscle spasms or seizures.
Some of these conditions include AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, spinal cord injury, arthritis, fibromyalgia, hypertension, etc. In addition, marijuana is used in the treatment of Glaucoma, and has been used for Depression, ADHD, appetite stimulation and neurological conditions. Cannabis also has powerful antimicrobial properties.
Some Benefits of Marijuana
- Relieves chronic pain from a variety of causes and reduces the need for addictive narcotic pain killers.
- Increases appetite, relieves nausea and vomiting, reduces pain and helps patients sleep while undergoing chemotherapy.
- Improves appetite, may reduce pain and helps HIV patients sleep.
- May reduce brain and lung tumors and slow the growth of cancer, may stop breast cancer from spreading throughout the body.
- Relieves eye pressure associated with Glaucoma.
- Improves appetite among sufferers from Wasting Syndrome.
- May prevent formation of â€œAlzheimerâ€™s plaquesâ€.
- May function as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory in Arthritis sufferers.
- Can open up airways in the lungs in Asthma sufferers.
- Improves appetite, reduces muscle spasms and relieves chronic pain in spinal cord injuries.
- Can help result in faster recovery for head injury sufferers.
- Reduces nausea and chronic pain and helps Fibromyalgia patients sleep better.
- Can help patients suffering from depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, phobias, ADD, etc.
- Can lower blood pressure in Hypertension sufferers.
One of the major advantages of marijuana is that it is not as addictive as most pain and anti-convulsive pharmaceuticals. Many people cannot handle these very powerful synthetic drugs and the wide range of possible side effects also cause concern. These pharmaceuticals are also very expensive, whereas marijuana can be grown at home.
How to Use Medical Marijuana
There are many methods of ingesting marijuana including eating, drinking, vaporizing and smoking. For more information, visit Ways to Use Marijuana. We also have techniques and recipes for preparing marijuana in edible forms, in tinctures, and more information about vaporizers which allow you to inhale THC without actually burning it – much less harmful than smoking!.
Medical marijuana prescriptions vary depending on the patient’s condition and the strain of marijuana. Your doctor can help you determine the right dosage for your situation. When you are approved by Health Canada, a daily limit will be printed on your MMAR card. The average use
of marijuana for medical purposes is from 1 to 3 grams per day. If you are just beginning to use marijuana, you should start with a small dose and increase it gradually until you reach a comfortable level.
The side effects of marijuana vary quite a bit among different strains and different people. Negative effects range from drowsiness and loss of focus to agitation leading to fear and paranoia. Such effects are temporary and go away within a few hours. Smoking marijuana carries many of the same risks as smoking cigarettes and is not advisable. Because of the adverse health effects of smoking, other methods of ingesting marijuana are preferable.