With medical marijuana becoming more mainstream in recent years, a lot more people are now considering it as a valid treatment option for a variety of different medical conditions. There are many different questions that people have – about potential side effects, what the best way is to consume it, and more.
This article looks at some of the most common questions that people have about medicinal marijuana and provides the answers.
What medical conditions can medical marijuana help to relieve?
While there is currently no concrete list as to what conditions medical marijuana can aid, there have been many notable studies showcasing the wide-ranging effects it can have on certain conditions.
According to New York state, it can be helped in the treatment of spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), AIDS or HIV, epilepsy, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cancer and ALS. These are just a few of the conditions medical marijuana has been shown to relieve.
How can you get medical marijuana?
This all depends where in the world you are located. Different countries and different regions within specific nations will have different laws pertaining to medical marijuana. In the United States for example, there are currently 29 states which have medical marijuana available for people with certain medical conditions.
You will have to get a prescription for medical marijuana from a doctor in order to get it. You will be assessed as to whether or not you could benefit from this prescription. If they deem you to be a suitable candidate, they will provide you with a medical marijuana certificate that can be presented at a marijuana dispensary whereby you can then obtain your medical marijuana.
There is a requirement to get an ID card which is to be used at the dispensary, following getting a certificate. This process is relatively straightforward, but there can be some minor complications if you are under the legal age or you are a caregiver that is getting it for a patient.
Certain states have marijuana fully legalised, which means that you don’t even need a certificate for medical marijuana to get your hands on some, you simply walk into the store or dispensary and choose from a variety of different options.
Are you able to grow your own marijuana purely for medical purposes?
A lot of people grow their own foods and herbs which can be used in their meals throughout the day. Therefore, they see the planting of medical marijuana as being one and the same. However, the laws regarding the planting of marijuana plants vary from state to state and country to country.
Some states will not allow growing of plants whatsoever, whereas other states only allow certain variations of cannabis plants to be grown, usually ones which are high in CBD, the most common type which is used as medical marijuana. Then, there may be limits on the quantity of plants you can grow, and permission to grow your own plants can depend on how far away you are from a medical marijuana dispensary.
What form of medical marijuana is best suited to your needs?
The most common form of medical marijuana consumption is in plant form. This is the most common form of marijuana in general, which you smoke through a variety of different methods depending on your specific preferences.
You will feel the effects nearly instantly after smoking the plant; this method also allows you to enjoy the smells and tastes associated with different strains of marijuana plants. ‘Edibles’ are drinks and food that has been infused with medical marijuana. The dosages are normally very concentrated and the effects of these don’t kick in for about sixty minutes.
Therefore, only take a very small bite of an edible when starting off and wait the allotted time before deciding to take more. You will generally have a longer high period than other types of marijuana. If the edible was in brownie form for example, you would only need a small bite to get the necessary dosage.
Concentrates come in a variety of different forms. Tinctures are liquid marijuana which allow you to avoid the negative effects which are associated with smoking. These are absorbed straight away, but it can take some time to be processed by your liver. Shatters and waxes generally have higher concentrations of THC, so they often are not ideal for those using marijuana for medical purposes, because higher levels of CBD are preferred. These forms are taken by dabbing.
Does smoking medical marijuana negatively affect your
This is a logical question for most people who are not experienced with smoking cannabis. The question is rooted in the fact that smoking tobacco in the form of cigarettes is very bad for the lungs and can cause all sorts of different issues in the human body.
As for the smoking of medicinal marijuana, there are some negative side effects, but they do not appear to be as bad as those seen with the regular consumption of cigarettes. When you breathe in hot smoke, it is naturally going to cause some sort of irritation to the airways.
This may lead to you developing certain issues and symptoms which may be related to early stages of bronchitis. However, this level of irritation will not last for very long. Generally, when you stop consuming medical marijuana, these symptoms will disappear.
There are some studies which show that the smoking of a single joint on a daily basis over the course of 20 years is not seen to lead to a decrease in the function of the lungs. There also have not really been any links to the smoking of marijuana and an increased probability of developing the likes of lung, throat, neck or head cancer.
Generally, there are tons of chemicals added into cigarettes which are not good for the human body. With medical marijuana smoking, you are only really dealing with the marijuana, which is a natural plant substance, and the rolling paper that allows you to smoke a joint.