Most people are familiar with the term ‘medical marijuana’ but not everyone is privy to its many benefits. In today’s post, we’re talking about those benefits and how medical marijuana can be effectively used to treat a variety of ailments.
In our last post, we shared a list of common illnesses that can be treated with medical marijuana. Today, we’ll dive a litter deeper in how exactly the chemicals in the marijuana plant treats those ailments.
How Does it Work?
The active chemicals in medical marijuana are known as cannabinoids – they’re similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in movement, pain, memory, and appetite.
The most common use for medical marijuana is for pain control. It’s not necessarily strong enough for severe pain, like post-surgical pain or a broken bone, but it is very effective for chronic pain. Part of the appeal is that medical marijuana is safer than opiates – it’s impossible to overdose and is far less addictive. And for those who can’t take NSAIDs such as Advil or Aleve due to things like kidney problems or ulcers, medical marijuana can take their place.
Marijuana appears to ease the pain of issues issues like multiple sclerosis and nerve pain in general – an area where few options exist. And the ones that do, such as opiates, are highly sedating. People find that marijuana allows them to resume their daily activities without feeling completely out of it.
Additionally, marijuana is said to be an excellent muscle relaxant, and some swear by its ability to lessen tremors experienced in those with Parkinson’s disease. Other ailments marijuana has successfully helped include fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and any conditions where chronic pain is present.
Limited research suggests cannabinoids might:
Reduce symptoms of anxiety
Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy
Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
Relax tight muscles in people with MS
Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS
How Do You Take It?
There are several ways to effectively use medical marijuana, including:
Skin application using a lotion, spray, oil, or cream
How you take it is ultimately up to you as each method works differently in the body. Generally, if you smoke or vaporize cannabis, you’ll feel the effects quickly. Whereas if you consume it, it’ll take longer to feel those same effects. In fact, it can take 1 to 2 house to experience the full effects from edible marijuana.
Unsure? Ask Questions
If you suffer from a condition and think you might benefit from medical marijuana, don’t hesitate to ask questions. You deserve to know all of your options and have all that information at your fingertips so that you can make the best decision for you and your health.
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