Medical marijuana is being used to treat a variety of health conditions and diseases that have a significant impact on lifestyle and well-being. For many people suffering from certain diseases and disorders, medical marijuana has changed their lives and allowed them to resume a more normal daily routine.
Why is Medical Marijuana Used?
The therapeutic effects of marijuana are helping people reduce health-related symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, chronic pain, joint and muscle stiffness, and seizures that impact daily life. Medical marijuana is helping millions of people who are suffering from conditions such as:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Mental health disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
The active chemicals in medical marijuana, called cannabinoids, are similar to natural chemicals produced by your body, which help to regulate body movements, appetite, memory, and pain signals. As a result, cannabinoids being used to relieve pain and inflammation, restore appetite and promote weight gain, and repair memory functions.
In 2018, the FDA approved a drug, Epidiolex, made from CBD that helps to control hard-to-treat seizures in children normally brought on by severe forms of epilepsy. The FDA has also approved two man-made cannabinoid medicines that treat nausea and vomiting brought on by chemotherapy treatments.
What is Medical Marijuana Proper Dosage?
The marijuana plant contains over 100 different chemicals, and each one has a different effect on your body. In medical-grade marijuana, the two main chemicals are THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Since the effects of these chemicals are very different, finding the right dosage for your specific health condition is essential for proper treatment.
Medical Marijuana Dosages
Since cannabis is a natural plant with so many different active ingredients, finding the right dosage for your specific health problems often requires a bit of trial and error. There is no one-size-fits-all medical marijuana treatment. While products high in THC provide excellent relief for nausea and vomiting, low appetite, and chronic pain, products high in CBD are best for anxiety, stiff joints and muscles, and seizures.
Cannabis products are available in a variety of forms. You can smoke them, put them in food, inhale them through a vaporizer, place liquid drops under your tongue, and apply them to your skin through lotions, creams, and oils. Your physician will help you determine the right form of ingestion that provides maximum relief for your specific symptoms.
In Oklahoma, where the use of medical marijuana is legal, you must get a written recommendation from a licensed physician to get medical marijuana. Your physician will discuss your problems and symptoms and do a physical examination to assess your needs. Based on your physical exam and health history, your physician will prescribe the right dosage for your condition. In Oklahoma, it’s up to your physician to decide if a condition can be treated effectively with medical marijuana. Most physicians tend to start with a low dosage to observe health results and prevent side effects.
Once you’re approved for cannabis treatment, you can obtain a medical marijuana ID card, which allows you to purchase medical marijuana at the local dispensary. Under Oklahoma laws, marijuana can only be purchased at a licensed dispensary by a person who is 18 years old or older. If you are under 18 years of age, a legal caregiver can be appointed to purchase medical marijuana on your behalf. However, the caregiver must obtain a medical marijuana ID card before marijuana can be purchased at a licensed dispensary.