Although every state has regulations governing the use of medical cannabis, more than two-thirds of the United States and the District of Columbia have approved it for medical purposes, and more are passing laws to do so. Although cannabis is widely used, the FDA has only licensed it to treat two severe and complex conditions of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome, and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Why hasn’t further studies been carried out? One explanation is that the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug, opium, LSD, and ecstasy, which means it, is likely to be abused and has little therapeutic benefit.
What is medical cannabis ?
Medical marijuana is the medical use of the Marijuana plant or Cannabis indica plant to ease the symptoms of or treat diseases and conditions. In the early 1900s, the Cannabis plant was used medicinally all over the world. Medical cannabis data can be tough to come by, and there are so many strong views, both pro, and con. This article summarizes medical applications and new literature on off-label uses.
What are the uses for medical marijuana?
Marijuana medical applications include both researched and licensed uses as well as off-label uses. According to a recent study, the most common reasons people use medical marijuana is for:
- muscle spasticity, and
- Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease.
CBD has been the focus of further study. CBD has anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, neuroprotective, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, and antiemetic properties. The CBD compound used in medical cannabis tends to be neuroprotective in Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease and in infant hypoxia and other neurodegenerative and coordination conditions. To visit a Cannabis doctor for treatment, you’d have to go with your Cannabis Identification Card.
What are the health benefits of medical marijuana?
Over 60 reviewed scientific articles on the effects of medical cannabis have been published. Sixty-eight percent of these experiments discovered a benefit, while 8% find no help. Two-thirds of the research wasincomplete or neutral. The compound CBD has received the most attention in science. The acute benefits of medical cannabis can be due to its ability to bind to the endocannabinoid gland. This has a variety of consequences, including;
- Immune system modulation
- Enhancing neuroplasticity
- Learning and inspiration, appetite, vascular activity, and digestive function are all impacted by emotional and cognitive regulation.
What are the side effects of medical marijuana?
Side effects that have been reported include:
- Fast heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
- Bloodshot eyes
The drug can also impair judgment and balance, potentially resulting in crashes and injuries. Marijuana usage during adolescence, when the brain is still growing, can affect IQ and mental performance. Marijuana contains some of the same chemicals as nicotine, but some fear that smoking could damage the lungs. The effects of marijuana inhalation on lung health are unclear, although some evidence may raise the risk of bronchitis and other lung problems.
Is medical marijuana legal?
As of today, there are over 33 states had approved medical cannabis, with differing limits. However, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has classified it as a Schedule I substance, making it illegal at the federal level. A prescription, authorization, or medical diagnosis is required in most states where medicinal marijuana is legal, and a Cannabis Identification Card or license is given. This enables a citizen to purchase medical cannabis Card.
How do you get medical marijuana?
Shops, such as pharmacies, market marijuana products in various ways in states where medical marijuana is legal. Medical cannabis is sold in edible varieties (such as candies or cookies), oils and extracts, and as the plant itself, which can be smoked or inhaled. Before selling products, dispensaries request a Cannabis card. The process for obtaining a medical card varies by state. It is only available with a prescription from a registered healthcare provider.
Is medical marijuana “addictive?”
Most evidence indicates that medical marijuana has a relatively low chance of tolerance and toxicity when used as prescribed in moderate therapeutic doses. There is debate over heavy users’ mental dependency and whether this constitutes cannabis misuse. According to certain studies, CBD oil can be helpful in the treatment of cannabis use or abuse.
What research is being done for medical marijuana?
Numerous trials on medical cannabis are currently ongoing, but studies are hindered by restricted access due to the FDA regulation. A search of the National Institutes of Health-funded projects list in 2016 showed 165 cannabis-related studies and 327 marijuana-related studies.