Medical Marijuana: Reasons Cannibis Is Used In Heathcare
Marijuana has achieved national recognition for its ability to treat many medical conditions. Many states have now legalized it for medical use. Like any controlled substance, it must be prescribed by a doctor. Patients are issued a “marijuana card,” and put on a list which entitles them to purchase it from authorized dispensaries.
It is, quite understandably, controversial. It has long been regarded as a recreational drug. There is, however, growing evidence that is can be effective for a variety of symptoms. It has been prescribed for chronic pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, neuropathy, and fibromyalgia.
It has garnered a great deal of publicity, however, for its prescribed use for cancer patients. It purportedly is effective in relieving nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. It has been proven to be more effective than several of the more conventional treatments. It is also being prescribed for seizures, muscle spasms, and nerve pain.
The crucial ingredient in marijuana is THC. Our bodies do, in fact, naturally generate chemicals of this type. Marijuana use can increase the efficacy of these natural substances. The FDA has approved THC for relief of nausea and appetite loss. Marijuana can also ease some of the physical effects of AIDS. (See http://brown.edu/Student_Services/Health_Services/Health_Education/alcohol,_tobacco,_&_other_drugs/marijuana.php#9.)
There are, of course, ongoing studies with regard to side effects and efficacy. Thus far, some of the reported side effects can include drowsiness, dizziness, short-term memory loss, and increased appetite. Also important to note, marijuana smoke contains a great number of organic and inorganic composites, as well as over fifty identified carcinogens. It also generates tar similar to that which is found in tobacco smoke. However, when it is consumed with a vaporizer, in pill form, or as a food additive, these combustible compounds are not an issue. Some cardiologists have expressed concerns that marijuana use can contribute to cardiovascular problems. The research done on this issue has found no conclusive evidence to support this, however.
Obviously, the most common way to ingest marijuana is to smoke it. There are other ways to consume it, however, which greatly minimizes (as mentioned above) risks to the respiratory system. It can be added to baked goods. It can be taken in liquid form. Or it can be vaporized, which involves heating it in order to release its beneficial ingredients. With this method, no smoke is generated.
Used in moderation, available research suggests that medical marijuana is minimally hazardous, and may very well succeed where conventional medicines have failed.