There are many conditions that medicinal marijuana can treat. In addition to being an excellent treatment option for disorders that can cause chronic pain and fatigue, cannabis can also calm side effects of cancer, and as well as many mental disorders. This guide gives an overview of what medical marijuana is and how it can be used to benefit patients suffering from a wide array of disorders.
What is Medicinal Marijuana?
Medicinal marijuana is any part or the entire leaf of cannabis used to treat a disease or disorder. The benefits of medicinal marijuana can be gained from therapies using either cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and in some cases, both are used in conjunction for treatment.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical that naturally occurs in cannabis and makes up over 30% of the composition of the hemp plant. The majority of medical marijuana treatments rely on cannabidiol which has powerful properties that can be beneficial in treating many health issues. Conversely, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a stimulant that mostly affects psychological function this is the component that is known to allow for the ‘high’ feeling associated with cannabis.
As one may imagine cannabidiol (CBC) is used more widely in treating diseases and disorders that present with predominantly physical symptoms while tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) when used is mostly utilized to treat disorders that present predominantly mental and emotional issues.
Forms of Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana is available in a wide variety of forms that make it easy for patients to consume regardless of the disorder that patients seek treatment for. A few of the most commonly used forms include:
Edibles: Typically a candy or baked good where cannabis is infused into a carrier oil to allow it to be cooked or baked.
Oils: CBD is typically extracted and infused into an essential oil that can be taken orally or used topically for muscle or joint pain.
Medical marijuana has been approved to treat illnesses including:
Epilepsy: Cannabis regulates the neurotransmitter releases in the brain, which makes it effective at managing epilepsy.
Cancer: Cannabis is effective at reducing the side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation. Nausea and vomiting are among the symptoms that can be relieved.
Glaucoma: Cannabis can reduce pressure in the eye, which can protect the optic nerve from potential damage.
To learn about other illnesses that can be treated with medical marijuana, get in touch with Androgenix Advanced Health and Wellness Center. Contact our office, located in North Palm Beach, FL, to schedule your consultation today!