Arguments on the medicinal use of marijuana in America have long been ended. In fact, marijuana may now be bought legally in 23 states. In Colorado and Washington, people are now also free to use the plant for recreation. It goes to prove that the medicinal effects associated with the use of marijuana are far more than any negative effects that may have been observed. However, not all people are convinced about the medical marijuana being a good thing. In some countries, like Australia, debates over the legalization of marijuana use have not ended.
From way back in early 2737 B.C., people in China have relied upon marijuana as rheumatism, malaria, and gout treatment. The use of the plant spread all around Asia, reaching India where it was known as a pain and stress reliever. Shortly, marijuana’s medical use caught the attention of Americans and Europeans.
Marijuana for medical use is now taken in various ways, such as smoking, inhalation and ingestion. It contains 60 active ingredients known as cannabinoids. Our bodies naturally manufactures cannabinoids, which work to modulate pain.
In marijuana, the main cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol or simply THC. This THC works on the CB1 receptors in the brain, the nervous system, and other vital organs of the body. Upon activation of CB1 receptors, the body releases stress and pain-relieving hormones to combat the effects of nerve cell or tissue damage. Studies have proven too that medical marijuana relaxes muscle spasms and other symptoms that come with stiffened muscles.
Another well-known medicinal use of marijuana is appetite stimulation in patients who barely want to eat as a result of a medical condition or treatment. In fact, medical marijuana is often prescribed to patients in chemotherapy, a known appetite suppressant.
Of course, like any other drug or medicine out there, marijuana also causes a few side effects. Marijuana’s THC, for example, may affect the user’s reasoning skills during treatment. Another effect might be an alteration of the patient’s attention and judgement abilities. Of course, after treatment, these side effects go away.
There have been repeated studies proving that marijuana for medical use does work. But as every other product out there, abuse will likely lead to health problems.
In the U.S., medicinal marijuana is only being ‘recommended’ by physicians, considering federal law still prohibits prescribing it. Even so, if an individual wants to purchase medical marijuana, he should first see a doctor, get diagnosed and be recommended for treatment using medical marijuana.
Finally, when using medical marijuana, it is important to ensure that the supplier is reputable. This is where research truly goes a long way. Not only are fake products ineffective; they can also pose direct yet unknown risks to health.
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