Using cannabis as a medicinal treatment has been in practice all over the world since ancient times, and started to gain popularity in the 1800s in Western society. It has been documented as being used as an anesthetic or pain reliever for hundreds of years and is finally becoming a widely-used medical treatment all over North America.
Medical marijuana is often prescribed to cancer patients to increase appetite, reduce pain, and in some cases has even been shown to reduce tumor growth with some forms of the disease. It treats a variety of ailments such as:
- Chronic pain relief
- Digestive functions
- Mood regulation
- Immune functions
- Muscular spasms
How it works
The human body contains an endocannabinoid system (EC) that works in sync with many other anatomical processes: pain sensation, mood and memory control, appetite, etc. It is present throughout our bodies including in our skin, and is most pronounced in our brains. It is part of a regulation system that helps control pain and our reaction to outer and inner stimuli.
A pot plant contains over 100 cannabinoids that have different effects on your body. The two main elements of marijuana that affect us are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidol (CBD). Recreational weed typically contains more THC, the psychoactive component, while the medical version offers more CBD which has staggering medical benefits.
Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD attach to the receptors in the EC and produce effects such as increased appetite, pain relief, and “the high”. The euphoric feeling isn’t as prominent in some strains of medical cannabis, as the THC levels may be lower depending on the reason for use. Medical marijuana can be smoked, vapourized, taken as an oil or spray, or eaten.
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