The term "medical marijuana" refers to the use of the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant and its pure extracts to treat a disease or improve a symptom.
Marijuana's incredible healing properties come from its high cannabidiol (CBD) content, critical levels of medical terpenes, flavonoids, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Cannabinoid receptors play an important role in many body processes, such as metabolic regulation, cravings, pain, anxiety, bone growth, and immune function.
Medical marijuana has shown positive effects in the treatment of mood disorders, degenerative neurological disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and seizures.
Not only is synthetic marijuana free of curative components, it also puts you at risk for serious side effects, including stroke, brain damage, kidney problems, heart problems, acute psychosis, tachycardia, and hypokalemia.
By Dr. Mercola
Marijuana, or cannabis, has been used for at least 5,000 years and has a long history of traditional uses as an industrial material and botanical medicine throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.1
Read on to learn more about the healing benefits of medical marijuana, how it has been abused, and why you would want your own state to approve its use, too.
What is medical marijuana?
The term “medical marijuana” refers to the use of the entire unprocessed marijuana plant and its pure extracts to treat a disease or improve a symptom.2 It must come from a medical grade cannabis plant that has been meticulously grown without the use of pesticides and toxic fertilizers.
The incredible healing properties of marijuana come from its high cannabidiol (CBD) content and critical levels of medical terpenes and flavonoids. It also contains some tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the molecule that provides the psychoactive effects that more recreational users seek. Through traditional plant growing techniques and seed sharing, growers have started to produce cannabis plants that have higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC for medical use.
Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to approve medical marijuana, 3 more and more doctors are beginning to reverse their stance on the issue and swear by its effectiveness and health benefits.
In a 2015 CBS interview, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged that marijuana may be helpful for certain medical conditions, saying: “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, marijuana It can be useful". 4
Similarly, CNN's chief medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta also made a much-publicized change in his stance on marijuana after the production of his two-part series "Weed." In a comment posted on CNN's website, he said: 5
“There is now promising research on marijuana use that could affect tens of thousands of children and adults, including the treatment of cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer's, to name just a few.
With respect to pain alone, marijuana could greatly reduce the demand for narcotics and at the same time decrease the number of accidental pain reliever overdoses, which are the largest preventable cause of death in this country. "
How does medical marijuana work and what diseases can it be used for?
Historically, marijuana has been used as a botanical medicine since the 19th and 20th centuries.6 Today, marijuana's claim as a potential panacea is supported by countless studies that credit its healing potential to its cannabidiol content.
Actually, there is an endocannabinoid system in the human body. This ancient biological system, which also exists in other mammals, was first described in the journal Science in 1992,7 and is said to be responsible for the release of human cannabinoids that interact with cannabinoid receptors found in virtually all of its tissues, embedded in cell membranes.
Cannabinoid receptors can be found in the brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, and the immune system. The therapeutic and psychoactive properties of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates a cannabinoid receptor.8
Research is still ongoing on how far they impact your health, but to date, cannabinoid receptors are known to play an important role in many bodily processes, including metabolic regulation, cravings, pain, anxiety, bone growth. and immune function.9 In general, cannabinoids are said to provide balance to your tissues and biological systems.
Dr. Allan Frankel, a board-certified internist in California who has successfully treated medical marijuana patients for over a decade, has personally seen tumors virtually disappear in some patients who use no therapy other than taking 40 to 60 milligrams of cannabinoids per day. Other common ailments that can benefit from using medical marijuana include:
Arthritis, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis10
Ne degenerative urological disorders such as dystonia11 Multiple sclerosis12 Parkinson's disease13 Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 14 Epilepsy and seizures15CBD also works as an excellent analgesic and works well in treating anxiety problems.16 Cannabis oil, on the other hand, when applied Topically it can help heal sunburn overnight.
Original article (in English)