Wouldn’t it be great if we had access to a medication that could treat a multitude of symptoms without any major negative side effects? Oh wait… we do! More and more Americans are finally gaining access to at least some form of medical marijuana. Truly understanding the major health benefits of medical marijuana can help even more people gain access to this wonder drug.
Often times, diseases and illnesses produce extremely painful symptoms. Cannabis has proven to be an effective treatment for people suffering from migraines, arthritis, sclerosis, PMS, injury, etc… Cannabis also has the ability to prevent and/or decrease opiate addiction. This is due to the fact that cannabis and opiates share many of the same benefits. It’s important to note, that when compared to opiates, cannabis carries a significantly lower risk.
Studies have shown that cannabis has the unique ability to slow the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Cancer. Cannabidiol slows the spread of cancer cells by turning off specific genes that are involved in tumor growth. Cannabis is commonly used to stimulate the appetite of chemotherapy patients, as well. Cannabinoids have also been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by helping to remove excess plaque from the brain.
Cannabis significantly combats the symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, etc. It is a natural relaxant that can ease the symptoms of these disorders. As a result, smoking cannabis will boost mood, improve sleep and lessen the number of episodes that one may experience.
Marijuana treats symptoms of many different diseases. Cannabis can decrease pressure in the eye, hence relieving the symptoms of glaucoma. Medical marijuana has antispasmodic properties, which decrease symptoms of epilepsy, seizures and Parkinson’s diseases. As far as inflammatory bowel diseases go, cannabis can effectively treat several of the related symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Medical marijuana can also treat asthma by improving pulmonary function, over time.
Lastly, cannabis has the ability to calm a patient. Medical marijuana can effectively calm the symptoms of Tourette’s by slowing down the tics associated with the disease. It can also treat OCD by decreasing the obsessive neurological compulsions.
It is evident that marijuana is nothing short of a miracle drug. The major health benefits of medical marijuana are numerous. No medication to date has treated symptoms of such a vast array of diseases. Anyone who is suffering from any of the above illnesses should have access to medicinal marijuana.
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There are two primary forms of Cannabis: Flower and Concentrates. In this article, we are going to address the pros and cons of each of these forms of cannabis in order to help you better understand the differences between the two.
The cannabis flower contains approximately 480 natural components, making it extremely rich in natural medicine and nutrients. Because the flower is unprocessed, the patient will reap the benefits of every one of these components. Israeli researcher, Raphael Mechoulam and his colleagues, have said that when all of these components work together the therapeutic effect is significantly greater than if one was to be isolated.
The flower form of medical marijuana is less expensive, making it more accessible to patients in need. With that being said, the cannabis flower can require the use of expensive equipment (vaporization equipment). Another potential downside is that it takes more time to prep and process in order to make it edible. The flower does not have as long of a shelf life as concentrates do, either. Probably the biggest negative to the flower form of medical marijuana is that it’s harder to get high doses of CBD. Patients with certain symptoms may need something stronger.
Concentrates come from the processed cannabis flower. They are condensed extracts of the essential oils in the cannabis plant. These concentrates are much more potent than the flower, making them a great choice for people in need of more intensive therapy. They are often thought of as purer to inhale and don’t require expensive equipment. Concentrates are much easier to add into drinks or food, as well.
One of the downsides is the fact that cannabis concentrates are more expensive, often making it difficult to find affordable, high quality product.
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Due to the processing routine, concentrates can sometimes lose a portion of the beneficial compounds that the whole flower has to offer. They can also contain more impurities which can cause problems for patients with compromised immune systems.
Full-extract cannabis concentrate is the most popular choice for patients as it not only contains both THC and CBD but also beneficial terpenes. These terpenes enhance the medicinal, therapeutic effects.
Choosing which form is right for you
In summary, medical marijuana in flower form can offer relief to a wide range of patients. Because the flower is unprocessed, you take in the benefits of all components (THC, CBD, etc…) It’s a popular choice for those suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, depression, anxiety and more.
Cannabis concentrate has the potential to isolate a certain component, making it an excellent choice for medicinal use. Being able to isolate CBD allows the patient to reap all of the healing benefits without experiencing the high. Likewise, you can choose to get a higher dose of THC, as well. Some patients prefer to ingest their medication instead of inhaling it, which is why they’ll choose a concentrate.
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Studies have shown that states which have passed medical marijuana laws have seen a significant decrease in prescription opioid use. These studies also suggest that the use of medical marijuana in place of opioids will not only save hundreds of thousands of lives but also billions of dollars, each year.
What are Opioids?
Opioids are prescription pain killers. A few examples of these drugs are OxyContin, Vicodin and Morphine. Common side effects of opioid use include sedation, nausea & vomiting, constipation and dizziness. Severe side effects of routine opioid use include tolerance & dependence, respiratory depression and even death.
According to the CDC, approximately 115 people die from opioid addiction in the United States each day. This is almost 42,000 people each year! According to the National Institute of Health, 25% of patients that are prescribed opioids misuse them; 5% of which end up transitioning to heroin. Aside from thousands of deaths per year, the misuse of prescription opioids cost approximately $78.5 Billion This includes the cost of healthcare, treatment, lost productivity, criminal justice proceedings, etc…
What is Medical Marijuana?
“Medical marijuana” refers to the pure extracts from a whole, unprocessed marijuana plant. The incredible healing properties come from the high concentrations of Cannabidiol (CBD) as well as the high levels of medical terpenes. There are CBD receptors in almost every organ in the human body. When the CBD interacts with these receptors, we experience the therapeutic and non-psychoactive effects. CBD is well-known for it’s anti-inflammatory and neurological benefits.
Tetrahydrocannabidiol, commonly known as THC, is also found in marijuana. This is the most potent psychoactive compound in the Cannabis plant, responsible for the “high” feeling. According to Doctor Margaret Gedde, THC can be highly beneficial for those that are suffering from extreme pain. This would include patients that are prescribed opioids.
Opioids VS. Medical Marijuana
Studies have shown that marijuana users can, at times, experience a mild dependence. Unlike opioid dependence, marijuana dependence can be reversed relatively easily. This is due to the fact that marijuana dependence can be broken without having to go through the debilitating withdrawal symptoms that opioid users have to deal with.
The human body is extremely adaptable and can develop a tolerance to any drug. A negative side effect from consistent opioid use is cognitive impairment (memory loss). When a patient develops a tolerance to opioids, they will require a higher dosage to get relief from chronic pain. The problem is many physicians are reluctant to up the dosage in fear of intensifying these side effects and potential addiction.
A survey was conducted on patients who have used both opioids and medical marijuana. Results of this survey have shown that participants reported a much higher satisfaction rate from cannabis, as far as pain relief is concerned.
Medical Marijuana has already reduced the use of opioids in America and has great potential to eliminate them all together. Medical marijuana offers all of the benefits of opioids (pain relief), with much less risk of withdrawal and negative side effects.