More and more states are approving the legal use of medical marijuana, even though at FDA level it is illegal. Is medical and recreational marijuana different? Cannabis plant includes two main chemicals called THC and CBD. The former produces ‘high’, whereas the latter hardly displays psychoactive effects. Medical marijuana has high CBD content and has been treated for variety of illnesses for ages.
If you reside in a medical marijuana approval state then there is a need for authorization and prescription to buy it. If your condition is eligible then you are given a marijuana card, which allows to buy from authorized dispensaries. The card needs to be renewed regularly every year in many states.
Medical marijuana card price differ from one state to another. Make sure to check online for state registration fees, ID card issue and renewal policy.
Why use medical marijuana?
Pain is primary reason patients ask doctors to prescribe medical marijuana in conditions like –
- Reduce muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis
- Avert nausea after chemotherapy
- Poor appetite due to chronic illnesses
- Crohn’s disease
- Seizure disorders
- And more
How medical marijuana works?
Marijuana-like chemicals are produced naturally in human body that affect inflammation, pain and several other processes. Adding medical marijuana helps the natural chemicals to work much better.
Health benefits of using medical marijuana
- Modulates immune system
- Promotes neuro-plasticity
- Cognitive & emotional modulation including digestive function, learning & motivation boost, vascular function, and appetite
How to buy medical marijuana?
There are legal dispensaries in states, which approve medical marijuana usage. These are sold in different forms –
- Edible form of candy or cookies
- Form that can be smoked or vaporized or inhaled
- Oils or liquid extract
Dispensaries will need medical marijuana card prior you gain access inside for buying.
What percentage of addictive risk does medical marijuana carry?
Many studies and research has revealed that medical marijuana has low toxicity and addiction risk but needs to be taken at recommended dosages. Side effects of marijuana if taken at low doses can be fatigue and dry mouth, so it is necessary to stay hydrated and take rest. Adverse effects for heavy doses include paranoia, dizziness, hallucinations and mood swings.
There are even health concerns of driving safely under medical marijuana influence. Studies are still in progress but research is hard with limited access FDA classification offers.
Medical marijuana is not prescribed to people with medical history of heart disease and psychosis. Even pregnant women and breast feeding mothers need to avoid medical marijuana.