Best Uses for Medical Marijuana

Best Uses for Medical Marijuana

Humans have been using the cannabis plant for its medicinal use for generations, but the United States seems to only now be getting the memo. In recent years, using CBD and THC for their medicinal properties have become increasingly popular in America, and for good reason!

Side Effects of Chemo and Cancer

While the world waits for amazing researchers like Dr. Harry Stylli to make advances in cancer research, smoking medical marijuana can ease some of the harsher side effects of the disease. THC is the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that makes a person feel high, but it also has positive medical benefits when used for cancer patients. Paired with CBD, the other active chemical, marijuana can help cancer patients by:

  • Alleviating vomiting and nausea caused by chemotherapy and from cancer itself.
  • Help patients eat by stimulating their appetite (“the munchies” being put to good use).
  • Reduce pain and ease discomfort overall.

Painkiller

Working with the brain to block receptors that send pain to the body, THC, and CBD can work together as a pain reliever. Research in the United States is still underway, but other countries’ studies are coming up with positive results; for example, of 1,200 cancer patients in Israel, marijuana gave pain relief to more than half of those after six months of use. Other kinds of pain that it can benefit include:

  • Arthritis
  • Migraine headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Back pain and inflammation

Antidepressant and Anti-Anxiety

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Statistics show that 6.8 million American adults live with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), while 322 million people around the globe suffer from depression. Unfortunately, there is a scant amount of clinical research on how effective marijuana is as an antidepressant/anti-anxiety medicine. The good news is that anecdotal testimonies show that it does seem to help people who suffer.

Kinds of Strains

Growers have made hybrids and various strains as time has gone on, but there are two kinds of marijuana. It’s worth knowing the difference between the two, if for no other reason than to be educated on what you are putting into your body.

  • Sativa is known for giving users a “head high,” which can result in an energy boost. Sativa leaves are narrow with a tall stalk.
  • Indica acts as a sedative, relaxing the body and mind and putting the user at ease. Indica leaves are thicker and stockier than their sativa sisters.

There are exceptions to every rule, of course, so it would be wrong to assume that every sativa will energize and every indica will tranquilize. Knowing the grower and where the plants are harvested can help clarify questions or concerns about a particular strain.

Side Effects

Like any new medicine, each person’s body will react differently. When using cannabis to treat pain, remember that results vary and what works for one person might not work for another. Side effects of marijuana are minimal and relatively harmless, but they do exist. The most common side effects of medical marijuana are:

  • Sleepiness or drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Increased appetite/hunger
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
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With so many benefits and little to no side effects to speak of, cannabis is a safe, natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.

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