Medical marijuana, (medical cannabis), is chemically the same as recreational marijuana. However, as the name suggests, medical marijuana is the name when you refer to marijuana as prescribed by a medical professional to provide relief from the symptoms of medical conditions.
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that cause the effects, including their medicinal properties. Cannabis contains more than 100 different cannabinoids, of which THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the most relevant. THC is the source of the psychoactive high, whereas CBD is non-psychoactive with a relaxing effect.
Marijuana is legal in Canada for use, including medicinally. Different provinces have their own unique rules about who can grow, sell, and use medical cannabis. Therefore, there are many things to consider when starting out. If this topic interests you, continue reading to learn some interesting facts about medical marijuana and its uses.
What You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana
• Is it legal?
Medicinal marijuana use is legal in all provinces and territories of Canada and 23 states in the United States, with varying restrictions. Depending on your location, local laws might require a prescription, authorization, medical recommendation, or a license to buy medical-grade marijuana.
⎆ The benefits you may enjoy.
Cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, are similar to the chemicals your body produces on its own that are involved in regulating memory, appetite, movement, and pain. Research suggests that medical marijuana can help with a wide array of health issues, including chronic pain, eating disorders, anxiety, and more. Some of the uses of medical marijuana include:
- Reduce anxiety
- Assuage nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy,
- Reduce skin inflammation pain,
- Relax muscle spasms and pain in people with Multiple Sclerosis,
- Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with appetite-affecting illnesses like cancer and HIV/AIDS.
You must consult a doctor before using marijuana for medicinal purposes. Everyone’s body reacts differently, and you want to be sure you’re aware of any possible interactions between cannabis and your condition or medications.
⎆ Types of medical marijuana.
Marijuana can be categorized into three types: Sativa, Indica, and hybrid. Indica strains typically offer relaxation and reduce inflammation. Therefore, they are in common use to treat insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, and similar conditions. On the other hand, Sativa strains are known to provide energizing and stimulating effects and are generally used by those seeking creative inspiration. However, both are effective for treating depression and inflammation.
Hybrids are a man-made combination of Sativa and Indica strains and can create a “combination” of both the stimulating effects of Sativa and the relaxed feeling from Indica. The ratio of Indica to Sativa often varies between various hybrids, influencing the effects.
Next, you will find medical marijuana in many different forms, including, but not limited to the following:
- Oils for use in vaporizers.
- Edibles such as brownies, cookies, teas, and juices.
- Topicals like creams and lotions.
- Tinctures, which are concentrated liquids you ingest via a dropper.
- Dried leaves and buds for smoking.
How you decide to use medical marijuana is up to you. Each method works differently in your body and has its own benefits and drawbacks. For instance, if you smoke or vaporize cannabis, you will experience the effects more quickly, but some people don’t want to deal with the taste of plant extracts and they don’t have to with edible marijuana. On the other hand, if you consume it via edibles, it will take relatively longer, around one to two hours, for you to experience the effects.
⎆ Where to find medical marijuana.
To buy medical marijuana in Canada or the United States requires a medical card from a medical professional. However, not every doctor is willing to recommend medical marijuana to their patients. But, there are plenty of doctors who are happy to prescribe medical marijuana for specific uses. In these cases, it is the condition that qualifies you for medical marijuana use.
If the medical process is too complicated, remember that anyone in Canada can purchase weed from dispensaries. As the industry continues to grow, there are more and licensed retailers of quality marijuana—including online. For example, Get Kush sells medical marijuana edibles online for maximum convenience.
Whether you obtain it via a physician or from a dispensary, if you are purchasing marijuana for medical purposes, you should always ensure that the product is high-quality and that the retailer is appropriately licensed.
⎆ Is medical marijuana right for you?
Numerous studies suggest that marijuana has a very low risk of addiction, particularly when used for medical purposes. Also, the therapeutic does have very low toxicity. Nonetheless, there is concern about psychological dependence and whether it constitutes abuse. However, CBD products do not create psychoactive effects and are therefore create less psychological dependence.
Ultimately, marijuana use is a personal decision. But, it’s up to you to do your research. Ideally, your medical professional will help you decide whether medical cannabis is right for you.
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