Last updated: May 12, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana: Uses & Effects

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Most people know marijuana as an illegal drug which people use to get high. Marijuana is listed as Schedule l Drugs like cocaine, heroin, and LSD, but marijuana is way more than a drug with high abuse potential. Many researchers have highlighted its miraculous health benefits and potential to treat fatal diseases.

However, marijuana is still a controversial topic with a lot of buzz surrounding it. And it is hard for policymakers, government officials and the public to accept that marijuana can be used for something good, improving health to the least.

However, the fact is that despite all the negative buzz surrounding marijuana, it has positive health benefits, and nobody can deny it.

Here is everything you need to learn about medical marijuana:

Medical Marijuana – What is it?

Simply put: medical marijuana is the use of parts of the marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica, and its chemical components to cure diseases and health issues. Its major compounds include THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

Though it is illegal in most parts of the world, but its health benefits are now triggering government bodies to deem it legal for medical purposes. This is the reason that 29 American states have declared its medical usage as legal, despite not being approved by the federal government.

THC vs. CBD – What is the Difference?

Most people think that THC and CBD have the same impact on the body as they are extracted from the same marijuana plant and have the same chemical build-up. However, researches show the exact opposite findings.

THC is a psychoactive component of marijuana, the one which makes you high. Its intake sensationalizes the mind as it gets bind to the cannabinoid receptors of the brain.

However, CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects as it doesn’t bind with the cannabinoid receptors, like THC. In fact, its presence diminishes the psychoactive impact of THC.

Due to the difference in THC and CBD relationship with the brain’s receptor, both of these compounds have different health benefits.

Medical Marijuana – What are its Medical Benefits?

 Treatment of Epilepsy:

It is observed that marijuana can treat two severe forms of epilepsy, namely Dravel syndrome and Lennox-Gadtaut syndrome. Both of them are rare forms, and they were considered incurable before marijuana was used to treat them.

Cancer Treatment:

Use of marijuana helps to shrink or stop the growth of tumors and cancer cells. Hence, doctors at certain places are recommending the usage of marijuana to cure cancer.

Besides curing cancer, it is also used to lessen the pain caused by chemotherapy to make cancer treatment less painful.

Inflammation:

Inflammation in the joints due to Rheumatoid arthritis can cause severe pain. But marijuana has seen to help in relieving the pain caused by inflammation and treat the problem.

Immune System:

Marijuana also boosts the immune system as its compounds react with the cells of the body and increase their immunity level. People who use marijuana are seen to have a strong immunity to fight against diseases and live a healthy life.

Conclusion:

Everything has positive as well as negative effects – so does marijuana. Now it is up to us how we use it. Marijuana is not bad in itself – our usage makes it bad. If we will use it to improve our health condition, then marijuana is the best food supplement!

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