Marijuana has gone by a lot of different names over the years such as Mary Jane, cannabis, and grass. Not to mention, there are plenty of others. The plant was once only thought of as an illegal substance that gave the user a euphoric high. However, over the past few years, public opinion has changed, and many states have legalized marijuana for personal and medical use. Even the FDA’s viewpoint might be changing.
Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved one cannabis-derived product known as Epidiolex. Additionally, they have also approved other synthetically made drugs that have similar chemical properties to THC. So, as research continues, more and more products are sure to become available.
No longer is marijuana something that you put in a pipe or roll in a paper and smoke. Rather, it comes in pill, oil, edible, vape, and salve forms. Therefore, if you are a patient suffering from a particular ailment, it is easy to find the type that works best for you. However, until the FDA studies the benefits of the plant as a medication further, the products available will be limited, at least in the United States.
This And That About Sativa Strains
Sativa is an excellent choice for patients dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, or even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD. It gives the individual stimulating, euphoric, and energizing feelings. This strain also enhances creativity and focus. Thus, it can be a good option to use during the day to stay calm and relaxed.
A Little Bit About Indica Strains
Indica strains have high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol. Hence, it can be useful as an anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant. This type of medical marijuana helps with conditions like chronic pain, insomnia, migraines, other sleep disorders, and of course, inflammation. Don’t fret if all of these names are throwing you for a loop. Your doctor will know exactly what to prescribe you to get you feeling better in no time.
Useful Tidbits About Oils
Cannabis oils may help patients with various ailments and diseases. For example, they can improve the appetite of an individual suffering from cancer. The big “C” is not the only thing medical marijuana oils can help with though. They can assist patients with…
- Chronic Stomach Issues
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Nerve Damage And More
Relief For Other Ailments
Medical marijuana can control seizures in children with Lennox-Gastaut or Dravet syndrome. The FDA medication for this was already mentioned above in Epidiolex. Researchers from NYU found a 50-percent decrease in the frequency of seizures with patients using cannabidiol in 2015. Some recent studies even show promising results for medical marijuana relieving the symptoms of asthma. Just like with anything else, more studies will have to be conducted to confirm whether this one holds true or not.
AIDS patients can alleviate some of their symptoms with medical marijuana as well. Researchers found that HIV positive persons, who smoked marijuana, ate better, had less neuropathic pain, slept better, gained weight, and experienced a better overall mood. Alzheimer’s patients can benefit too. It helps to ease the symptoms of hallucinations, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and aggression.
Perhaps, more importantly, though, medical marijuana has been proven to slow the production of protein deposits in the brain. Of course, nobody knows for sure what causes Alzheimer’s, but scientists believe these proteins contribute to the progression of the disease. With any luck, these researchers are on the right track, and hopefully, one day soon they will understand how to delay the onset of the disease or cure it altogether.