Let’s talk about the most controversial topic among scientists, policymakers, doctors, and the general public – medical marijuana. Marijuana is famous for the “high” effect on its users. But the medical sector has found some areas where we can use its positive impact to our advantage. To understand the uses for medical marijuana, it is vital to understand what it is.
What is medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana refers to compounds derived from Cannabis used to relieve symptoms of some medical conditions. Physicians prescribe it for their patients, and it’s also called medical Cannabis. Clinical research surrounding it has been limited due to restrictions imposed by the government.
The chief compounds used in making it are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). The uses for medical marijuana are based on the effects of these components. It is available in various forms like tablets, dermal patches, cannabis edibles, capsules, and oral or dermal sprays.
How medical marijuana is used
It should be noted that it does not cure diseases or treat them. Uses for medical marijuana are restricted only to giving relief for symptoms caused by certain health conditions. Having that in mind, medical marijuana is used for chronic pain since it is considered safer than opiates which have higher chances of being abused by users. Addiction does not occur. On this basis, it is recommended for arthritis and migraines.
During chemotherapy, it can be used to reduce nausea and vomiting. It helps improve appetite for people with AIDS and can be used in managing anorexia. It can improve sleep for people with insomnia. It also reduces muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis.
There are psychological disorders that can be managed with medical marijuana. They include depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Side effects of medical marijuana
When taken in moderation, side effects experienced are mild. They include dry mouth, dry eyes, lightheadedness, increased appetite, and tiredness. When high doses are administered, the user can experience hallucinations, dizziness, and increased paranoia or psychosis.
It is essential to get a prescription from a physician for uses for medical marijuana so as to moderate the amount consumed. It might be hard to get it due to the stigma and controversy associated with its use.
There is much need for public education on the uses of medical marijuana. I hope this article has provided some insight that you can share with your friends.