Among the few topics that can agitate emotions among researchers, doctors, scientists, the public, and policymakers is medical cannabis. I’m sure you have questions about this as well. Should it be decriminalized? How effective is it? Is it proven? Is it safe? Is cannabis the ‘Holy Herb’ as many users claim?
These are some of the questions concerning the topic. Nonetheless, in this piece, I will highlight two key areas: how patients can use medical marijuana and discuss about it with their doctor. Cannabis is newly legal, and not enough Medical Studies have been conducted to determine the plants full capabilities.. But even so, a whopping 85% of Americans support the decriminalization of marijuana.
Cannabis Without the High
The least questionable extract from a marijuana plant is known as cannabidiol (CBD). The CBD has most of the healing properties. Cannabis itself has over 100 active compounds including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC.) Patients report various benefits of cannabidiol, relieving anxiety, insomnia, and even helps in dealing with pain, treating deadly conditions.
When it comes to the benefits of CBD, the story of young Charlotte comes first to mind. Charlotte suffers from a certain type of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. It was until her parents decided to try cannabis that they discovered their child responded well to CBD as a way to deal with her disorder. Charlotte who used to have more than five seizures a day went to having one seizure per week. Charlotte has a CBD-dominant strain named after her ‘Charlotte’s Web.‘ The visuals for this experience are impacting. CBD-dominant strains have limited or nil THC, this is to keep the user conscious while using marijuana for healing.
Uses of Medical Marijuana
One general use of medicinal cannabis in America is for pain relief. However, cannabis is not strong enough to help handle severe pain. Unlike some of the means of pain relief like opiates, Neurontin, or Lyrica, which are extremely sedating and risky, CBD keeps everything safe, and the healing process is a comfortable one. Some patients claim that cannabis offers them the ability to get back to their duties without feeling disengaged.
Also, cannabis is rumored to help lessen tremors in Parkinson’s disease and is a perfect muscle relaxant. Marijuana is also used by people living with HIV and Cancer and can help with ill-temperedness as with all remedies.
Do not use this information as an extensive review but a brief overview of medical marijuana. For detailed information, you can consult with your doctor. It’s only recently that doctors have started joining the CBD bandwagon and prescribing CBD-infused meals and medicine as a healing compound.
Also, be as transparent as you can with your doctor, if your doctor doesn’t believe in the benefits of CBD, prove them wrong, but be entirely open with the process.