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Patients prefer medical cannabis treatment for a number of reasons. First, it is a natural kind of therapy since it is plant-based. Second, undesirable side effects are reportedly minimal or negligible. Marijuana is also versatile because it can be introduced into the human body in many ways. It is traditionally smoked, but it can also be ingested in liquid form such as cannabis oil or cannabis tinctures. There are also cannabis edibles or food with cannabis component, like brownies and cookies. Then there are synthetic medical cannabis products that come in traditional medicine form like pills, tablets, and even patches and suppositories.
The key to marijuana’s profound therapeutic or healing effects is the presence of chemicals called cannabinoids. These enhance the natural cannabinoids found in the human endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS is responsible for many bodily functions and states, such as mood, memory, and pain. Thus, improving the endocannabinoid system helps address diseases, ailments, illnesses, and many other mental and emotional conditions.
There are around a hundred types of cannabinoids found in marijuana or cannabis, but the most relevant ones for humans are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is actually the substance responsible for the famous “high” or altered state of consciousness that recreational marijuana users feel, and which has led to the negative reputation of marijuana as a banned substance. However, such a state is not completely “bad” as it does serve a good purpose for those suffering from diseases. When marijuana is utilized in a moderated manner, THC may bring about a sense of peace and well-being, especially among patients suffering from mental disorders.
CBD on the other hand is the more therapeutic cannabinoid that acts in a more direct way against ailments such as pain, inflammation, etc. In tandem, THC and CBD actually make a great formulation for addressing a wide range of diseases. Most medical marijuana products offer a balanced proportion of both THC and CBD especially for first-time or general users.
More and more, people are discovering that marijuana or cannabis is beneficial to human health. This is not really something new because marijuana has been consumed by ancient civilizations for centuries. Looking at historical records, marijuana or cannabis has been part of the health regimen of many countries and societies around the globe—from China, Greece and Ancient Rome to the Middle East and even North America.
These cultures were aware that cannabis helps alleviate a lot of physical discomfort and enhances overall health and well-being. Today, people are rediscovering such wisdom and even using cannabis for dreaded diseases for which modern science has not had a cure for. So far, here are the top 10 diseases and medical conditions where medical marijuana or cannabis has been observed to have a positive impact:
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Those suffering from these diseases and many other conditions have increasing hope of better access to alternative treatments such as medical marijuana or cannabis. In the United States, 29 states as well as the District of Columbia have already passed some form of legislation or another that allows the purchase, possession, and use of marijuana for medical reasons. Although it is still illegal at the federal level, the future seems promising for a reversal on this stand by the government as more and more people testify to the positive effects of medical marijuana on many dreaded diseases.
The US is actually just the latest in a string of many other progressive countries around the world who have allowed medical marijuana. These countries are Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. Australia is also currently evaluating and developing laws along the lines of allowing medical marijuana or cannabis. While some people may fear that legalizing what is still widely considered a recreational drug as marijuana may lead to more substance abuse, the opposite is actually true in many of these countries who have allowed it. Crime rates have even reportedly gone down, and there is no significant adverse effect of legalizing marijuana on the overall safety and security of societies.
Proponents of medical marijuana are also pushing for government coverage of alternative treatments in healthcare insurance programs such as Medicard or Medicaid. Currently, medical marijuana is not recognized by these insurance programs and other private health maintenance organizations. The cost of treatment is shouldered solely by the patients. While many say that marijuana treatment is actually relatively even more affordable than mainstream pharmaceutical drugs and medicine, it can still be made more accessible to less fortunate sectors of society.
Given the explosion in demand for medical marijuana and medical cannabis products, there are a lot of sellers and retailers cashing in on the trend. Buyers need to beware of unscrupulous manufacturers and sellers who may not be using genuine marijuana or cannabis in their products, or who may be peddling substandard goods. These include marijuana products that may have been produced using harmful chemicals, solvents, and other ingredients.
It would also be wise to go with medical marijuana products that are grown without pesticides, because these substances are often absorbed by the plant and passed on to the bloodstream of the user. This may lead to even more complications and health problems. Always trust reputable sellers and dispensaries who comply with regulations and the specific laws of the state that they are in. Making marijuana more acceptable as a medical treatment lies in the responsible and conscientious behavior of all those involved—users, growers, and sellers alike. The industry has to grow in concerted effort to keep medical marijuana well regulated and controlled, in order to maximize the benefits that it brings to patients in need.
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