The market is flooded with a giddy array of cannabis products, from CBD water to cooking or massage oils, chewing gum, pills, gin, transdermal patches, lube, and beer. The crown for the silliest CBD product of the year, however, indisputably goes to the CBD-infused pillowcases made by one US fabric-maker. Yoga classes offering cannabis-assisted asanas and guided meditation are also springing up, with devotees claiming improved flexibility and elevated mood.
The subject of medical marijuana has, over the years, stirred up stronger emotions among scientists, doctors, researchers, policymakers, as well as the public. Is it a cure-all or simply a scam? Has its effectiveness been clinically proven? Read on to get some insights on this controversial topic.
Is Marijuana Legal?
Marijuana is currently legal in 11 states for adults above the age of 21, and legal for medical use in 33 states. However, in Washington, DC, marijuana is still illegal from the federal government’s perspective. About 85 percent of Americans support the legalization of medical marijuana, and at least several million Americans are estimated to use it.
Marijuana Without the High
The least controversial component of marijuana is the extract from the hemp plant referred to as CBD (cannabidiol) because it has little if any, intoxicating properties. The marijuana plant itself has more than 100 active components. The chemical that causes the “high” effect of marijuana consumption is known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD-dominant strains have been proven to contain little or no THC, so patients report very minimal if any alteration in consciousness.
Patients have, however, reported many medical benefits of CBD, from relieving anxiety, insomnia, pain, and spasticity to treating potentially malignant conditions like epilepsy. A certain form of childhood epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome, is almost impossible to manage but responds quite impressively to a cannabidiol-dominant strain of marijuana referred to as Charlotte’s Web.
Medical Uses of Cannabis
Many physicians in the United States commonly prescribe medical marijuana for pain control. While cannabis isn’t powerful enough for severe pain (such as a broken bone or post-surgical pain), it is quite effective for a myriad of chronic pain that torments millions of American citizens, especially at old age. One clear reason for its popularity is because it is safer than opiates (it is much less addictive and difficult to overdose). Cannabis can be used to replace NSAIDs such as Aleve or Advil if the patient can’t take them due to ulcers, GERD, or problems with kidneys.
Common Conditions Treated With CannabisMedical marijuana is also effective in easing the pain of multiple sclerosis as well as nerve pain. This is a medical area where few other options exist, and the existing ones, such as Neurontin, opiates, or Lyrica, are highly sedating. Additionally, cannabis is said to be a fantastic muscle relaxant, and many patients swear by its ability to reduce tremors in Parkinson’s disease. Some doctors have reported quite successful results in treating fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, and most other medical conditions where the final pathway is chronic pain. Cannabis is also used to manage nausea, weight loss, and glaucoma.
Always Consult Your Doctor Before Using Medical Marijuana
Many patients find themselves in an awkward situation of wanting to try medical marijuana, but feel ashamed to raise the topic with their doctor. This is partly because, over the years, the medical community has been dismissive of this topic. Many doctors are today playing catch up and striving to stay ahead of their patients’ knowledge on this issue. It’s advisable to stay open and honest with your physician and let him/her know that you’re considering medical marijuana as part of your care.
Although there isn’t adequate evidence to support the effectiveness of medical marijuana on a myriad of diseases, there is even less scientific evidence for burying our heads in the sand! At MDBerry, we have a team of certified medical marijuana physicians who are skilled and trained to use cannabis to benefit a wide array of conditions. We will be glad to help you acquire your medical cannabis certification.
You can rest assured that when you choose MDBerry, you’re receiving the best treatment possible. You deserve the treatment that works, so it’s our mission to take care of things on your behalf. Contact us today with all your questions about medical marijuana.