Medical cannabis or marijuana uses the marijuana plant or the chemicals in the plant to treat disease and other conditions. It is a similar product as recreational marijuana but is used for medical purposes.
Marijuana plants contain more than 100 different chemicals or cannabinoids. Each cannabinoid has a different effect on the body. Delt-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol CBS are the chemicals used in medicine. THC produces the high felt when eating foods with marijuana or smoking the weed.
Some conditions treated by medical marijuana include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Appetite loss
- Eating disorder or anorexia
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Mental health conditions like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
In addition to physical diseases and problems, the beneficial effects of cannabis include reducing chronic pain, nausea, and omitting due to stuff muscles caused by MS and chemotherapy. The cannabinoids or active chemicals in medical marijuana are comparable to the chemicals in the body that are involved in memory, appetite, pain, and movement. Cannabinoids may reduce anxiety and inflammation, plus relieve pain, kill cancer cells, and slow tumor growth, stimulate appetite, and improve weight gain.
To receive marijuana, a licensed doctor in states where marijuana is legal, need to write a recommendation. It would help if you also had a condition that qualifies you for medical marijuana use.
The FDA approves two human-made cannabinoid medications. These are the dronabinol Marinol and Syndros and nabilone Cesamet. These drugs treat nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy. Epidiolex was approved for treating seizures due to epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome.
Medical marijuana can affect judgment and coordination. It can also cause bloodshot eyes, dizziness, depressions, fast heartbeat, low blood pressure, and hallucinations.
Contact Utah Stem Cell for additional information about medical marijuana.