Marijuana is one of the oldest forms of natural herbs known to mankind. It is also one of the safest and it is impossible to consume enough to produce a toxic effect in the body. Medical marijuana can help alleviate pain and treat various symptoms. Patients all around the U.S. now use medical marijuana as recommended by their doctors.The following guide is meant to help current and potential medical Marijuana patients with their medical Marijuana cards understand the effects of Marijuana and which strains are best for what ailments. This does not replace a professional medical opinion and is a collection of studies from around the internet. Please consult your doctor before making a decision to use Marijuana to treat ailments.
Cannabinoids: What are they?
Cannabinoids are chemicals that are found in marijuana. These types of chemicals can affect different parts of the body, such as the central nervous system and immune system. Cannabinoids are useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. They may also help relieve pain and decrease inflammation. Other effects of cannabinoids include: anti-inflammatory activity, blocking cell growth, preventing the growth of blood vessels that supply tumors and antiviral activity.
What is Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the main active ingredient in cannabis, commonly known as marijuana. As the main ingredient, it lacks the psychoactive effects associated with some types of marijuana, but it’s helpful because it still retains the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant.
It is currently used to treat chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and epiliepsy. The cannabidiol found in marijuana can reduce pain levels without forming the addiction or chemical dependency. Furthermore, cannabidiol also counteracts the anxiety-inducing side effects people suffer from while taking other medications.
CBD is believed to have potential therapeutic benefits, including anticonvulsive, sedative, hypnotic, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective properties. This happens to make it very useful in various forms of medical marijuana.
What are Sativa and Indica?
Sativa is found in a herbaceous plant in the Cannabis genus, a species of the Cannabaceae family. Sativa has been used as a source of industrial fiber, seed oil, food, recreation, religious and spiritual enlightenment, as well as medicinal purposes. The sativa plant is harvested differently; each harvest will depend on the purpose of its use. Sativa is known to produce more of a mental, cereberal high, which often results in a boost in energy and imagination. Sativa strains are beneficial while working creatively in activities such as writing, painting and even brainstorming new ideas. Sativas can enhance any experience by allowing you to be more creative and artistic. People who have trouble thinking clearly are prescribed sativa strains.
Indica is another herbaceous plant and it’s also a part of the cannabaceae family. Indica use creates a “couch-lock” feeling. When taking Indica, you won’t really want to move. Indica is a great choice for recreational use. The indica high numbs the body down and creates an overall sense of relaxation, which can be very helpful for a relaxing night’s sleep. People who have trouble sleeping are prescribed Indica strains.
What is Medical Marijuana useful for and what strains are better for treating which ailments?
Asthma – Medical marijuana can intensify the physical responses and psychological feelings, therefore it can bring about different results among varied people. There may also be short-term benefits but long-term difficulties when people suffering from asthma smoke medical marijuana.
Alzheimer’s Disease – The use of medical marijuana may be a pro-active approach in preventing Alzheimer’s Disease for the elderly. This is because the cannabinoids may directly impact the progression of this debilitating condition. Evidence shows that marijuana slows down, and may even block Alzheimer’s.
Glaucoma – Marijuana reduces the internal eye pressure of glaucoma, and medical marijuana can also relieve the overall pain by either slowing or stopping the condition.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – Patients suffering from muscle pain, spasticity, tremors and unsteadiness can be relieved by a dosage of medical marijuana.
Epilepsy - epileptic seizures can be prevented in some patients with a small dosage of medical marijuana.
Morphine and Heroin Dependency – medical marijuana reduces withdrawal symptoms for people suffering from drug addictions.
Lou Gehrig’s Disease – Medical marijuana can be an effective way to alleviate some Lou Gehrig’s disease symptoms, it can slow the progress of the fatal disease and extend the lives of Lou Gehrig’s disease patients.
Medical marijuana is frequently used to relieve muscle spasms and chronic pain. It is also used to reduce interlobular pressure within the eye.