Many medical marijuana skeptics usually ask the same question – why don’t we just use other legal medications available to treat our ailments? And for the most part, the answer is that medical marijuana is more than just a feel-good drug, which is what it’s usually portrayed as in the media. Its reputation as a harmful, laziness-inducing substance can sometimes overshadow the fact that there is a handful more positives that outweigh the negatives of medical marijuana, if any. With any type of medication in the world, there are side effects and risks for all. However in recent years, medical marijuana has proven to be effective in mental and physical health problems and has continued to gain validity in its overall benefits.
How can medical marijuana be used?
Medical marijuana can be:
- Smoked or vaporized
- Eaten (edibles such as cookies, brownies, candies, cooking oils, sauces and drink mixes)
- Alternatively consumed through tinctures, sprays, body creams and capsules
What are some common side effects?
Some side effects that usually don’t last long can include:
- Short-term memory loss
What are some common risks?
Although medical marijuana is not yet monitored like FDA-approved medicines, it’s recommended that there are some who should not use it:
- People under the age of 18
- People with heart disease
- Pregnant women
So how exactly does medical marijuana scientifically work to help treat both mental and physical health problems? Cannabis is simply a plant, and for thousands of years, humans have used plants as remedies to treat certain ailments. Medical marijuana refers to the use of the whole, unprocessed cannabis plant and the pure extracts it contains to improve a symptom or treat a disease. The plant must be obtained from a medicinal-grade cannabis plant that has been carefully grown without using toxic pesticides or fertilizers. Consisting of phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD), another major component of the plant, both these compounds affect the body differently – CBD is non-psychoactive, while THC is responsible for marijuana’s psychological effects. Through traditional plant-growing methods and seed exchanges, growers have started producing marijuana plants that have higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC for medical use. Depending on the method of use, both CBD and THC have different uses and purposes for certain ailments.
Canadian Cannabis Clinics helps people obtain medical cannabis when they are in need; this works by you getting a reference from your doctor to us. If you can’t get a reference, please contact us. We then have one of our Doctors examine you and check your health record. If we deem you to be in need of medical marijuana, we write you a prescription and tell you our recommended strains to fix your ailment/symptoms. Regular check ups are necessary to track your progress. If you or a loved one is in need of medical marijuana, please ask your doctor for a referral.