6 Things to Know About Using Medicinal Marijuana

Using cannabis or marijuana for medicinal purposes is a hot topic right now among patients and health practitioners. It’s regularly touted as a pain reliever for many chronic illnesses.

According to the National Cancer Institute, here are some of the facts about medical marijuana and its suggested uses:

It’s grown all over the world.
The plant is grown in various places around the world but originated in central Asia. The resin of the plant contains compounds called cannabinoids which are active chemicals that affect the brain and central nervous system.

The key is cannabinoids.
Two of the active cannabinoids that are useful in medical marijuana are delta-9-THC and cannabidiol. Delta-9-THC is psychoactive and is the property that gives users the “high,” whereas cannabidiol can help the central nervous system and immune system by decreasing inflammation without any high for the user. Cannabinoids can be taken in several ways: inhaled, sprayed under the tongue, ingested or smoked.

It’s been used for thousands of years. 
Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes in some civilizations for thousands of years, but it’s only been since the late 19th century that western medicine has started to see the potential for cannabis to be used as a pain reliever.

MORE: Find out about amitriptyline as a treatment for pain relief for MS patients.

Medical marijuana is legal in some states. 
Recreational use of cannabis is illegal in the United States, but many states now allow the use of medicinal marijuana for patients who are registered.

Cannabinoids can help with the side effects of chemotherapy.
It’s thought that cannabinoid drugs may offer pain relief for cancer patients and help with some of the side effects of treatment, including chemotherapy. Though as of right now, there’s no hard evidence to support the use of ingesting or smoking cannabis to treat nausea and sickness from chemotherapy.

Cannabis has killed cancer cells in laboratory tests.
There has been clinical research which shows that cannabis has been able to kill cancer cells in laboratory tests, but cannabis has not been approved by the FDA as a treatment for cancer.

MORE: Medical marijuana now available in controlled-dose capsules in New York. Read more here. 

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3 comments

  1. Granny Storm Crow says:

    If you want to learn more about cannabis, the cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system, run a search for “Granny Storm Crow’s List”- it’s free online and on Facebook. It has a large section on MS containing 100s of links to news articles and medical studies.

  2. Gael Hepworth says:

    Cannabis has always been known to give users the “muchies” or desire to eat! in the case of cancer patients who have no desire to eat due to chemotherapy treatment it has been very effective. People with no interest in food become compelled to eat. This is a good thing for people in treatment. CBD oil with out THC was the only medication able to control pain for my dear friend suffering from MS. She did not get High from CBD used sub-lingual – under her tounge for pain relief she also vaped CBD oil when out on appointments. Individuals with chronic pain share this information because they feel compelled to seek alternative solutions to pain relief. If you are ever subjected to unrelenting pain, you understand the need to find relief at any cost.
    It is only humane to allow chronic pain sufferers access to whatever medication provides relief. Are these people criminals because they choose to avoid suffering? Time to stop criminalizing people who simply want relief from tortuous, unrelenting, pain. Have we no compassion for those who suffer?

  3. Gail Alexander says:

    Your statement about recreational marijuana being illegal in the US is not true. Some states have approved recreational marijuana use. California, Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington are the ones I know of as of today.

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