Medical marijuana contains the leaves, buds, and flowers of the hemp or cannabis plant. While the plant is not approved for use federally in the US, several states have approved its use for some people with diseases that have symptoms such as:
• Muscle aches and stiffness.
• Muscle spasms.
• To increase appetite.
• To ease cancer symptoms.
• AIDs symptom relief.
• Multiple Sclerosis symptoms.
People who use marijuana have doctor diagnoses and obtain state licenses to get their medical marijuana. These cards or permits are issued only to people who are diagnosed with certain conditions, however. If you need to obtain more information about using marijuana for medical purposes, contact your state health department for more information.
Does Marijuana Work for Medical Treatment?
As of this time, marijuana has not been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. There are pros and cons to using medical marijuana, even in states where it is legalized for medical use. The cons of medically used marijuana are:
• It is approved by the FDA
• Marijuana impairs memory. It also impairs coordination and judgment. Therefore, do not use marijuana if you need to operate heavy equipment, drive or have important decisions to make.
• The smoke from marijuana is harmful to your lungs.
• Legal medications may work just as well or better than marijuana to treat your symptoms and won’t risk you losing your freedom.
The pros of using marijuana for treating symptoms or diseases, as determined by medical experts, include:
• Relieves pain when prescribed medications don’t work or have side effects that are not wanted.
• Marijuana improves appetite in those with nausea symptoms. Examples of people who could benefit from marijuana use are those receiving cancer treatment and those with AIDs.
• People with MS (multiple sclerosis) use marijuana to combat the pain and stiffness associated with that disease.
Using Medical Marijuana
Many people smoke marijuana, but that is not the only way for the plant material to enter your system. Cannabis cooked as an ingredient in food remains a way to consume the substance without smoking. It also brews into a tea that some drink. A cannabis dispensary can offer many suggestions on ways to use their primary product.
Effects of Marijuana
Marijuana has long-lasting effects. It might start working quickly or take a while to reach your nervous system. While the benefits of using are many, there are some side effects to using marijuana, including:
• Dry mouth.
• Paranoid thoughts.
• Redness of the eyes.
• Increased heart rate.
• Nausea and vomiting.
• It may be habit forming.
Doctors, dispensary providers, the general public and legal entities need to work together to make the best decisions on the legalization of marijuana for medical use.