How does it affect their life?
Marijuana is produced from the shredded and dried parts of the cannabis plant, including the buds, seeds, leaves, and stems. When speaking of medical marijuana, they’re talking about using the entire unprocessed plant or the chemicals found inside it to relieve the effects of certain illnesses or diseases. It must be noted that the FDA does not approve or accept the plant as a prescription drug.
Main components of Medical Marijuana:
The plant consists of over 100 chemicals, each with different effects on your body, known as cannabinoids. In the medical application of marijuana, the two key chemicals that are used are:
- Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC: The psychoactive compound of marijuana – that is the factor which produces high.
- Cannabidiol or CBD: no psychoactive effects are caused by this compound.
Medical marijuana has higher CBD content, but you don’t get the euphoria. The effects of marijuana on the body are ongoingly controversial. Many people experience different effects, from harm and distress to pain relief and relaxation.
Medical marijuana is used for symptoms relief. It is not used for the prevention or curing of diseases. The outcome of a certain condition will not be altered. However, it can alleviate some symptoms, improve your feeling, and improve your quality of life.
How will It take?
- Smoke it
- Inhale it through a device called a vaporizer that turns it into a mist
- Eat it in a brownie or lollipop
- Apply it to the skin in a lotion, spray, oil, or cream
- Place a few drops of a liquid under the tongue
The Effects of Marijuana Use:
in recent years, the medicinal properties of marijuana are gaining public acceptance. The key substances of medical interest are THC and another ingredient known as cannabidiol (CBD). Please read that every system in your body is affected by the use of Marijuana.
- Respiratory system
marijuana smoke consists of several compounds that can irritate bronchial passage and lungs, including ammonia and cyanide hydrogen. You are more likely to wheeze, cough, and make phlegm if you are a heavy smoker. You are also more vulnerable to lung and bronchitis. Current respiratory conditions such as asthma and cystic fibrosis can also be exacerbated.
- Circulatory system
THC travels from your lungs into your bloodstream. Your heart rate can rise by 20 to 50 beats per minute within minutes. This quick heartbeat will last up to 3 hours. This can increase the risk of a heart attack if you have heart disease.
THC can also decrease eye pressure, which may alleviate glaucoma symptoms for several hours. The growth of blood vessels feeding cancerous tumors may be stopped by marijuana.
- Central nervous system
Marijuana is believed to relieve pain and inflammation and help control spasms and convulsions. THC can cause the release of large amounts of dopamine in the brain. It will improve mental performance and time perception. THC influences the way one stores information in the hippocampus to affect memory and judgment. Marijuana can affect balance and coordination and reflexes response.
Hallucinations or delusions may result in extremely high doses of marijuana or high concentrations of THC. Marijuana can cause anxiety in some people. About 30% of users develop a marijuana use disorder. Dependence is rare but possible.
- Digestive system
Marihuana smoking can make the mouth and throat sting or burn when patients inhale it. When taken orally, marijuana can cause digestive problems. For example, oral THC is processed in your liver, can damage your liver and cause nausea and vomiting.
In comparison, marijuana was used to treat nausea or stomach disturbance symptoms. There is a regular increase in appetite in the use of all types of marijuana. This is seen as an advantage for people treated with cancer chemotherapy. This impact may be considered a drawback for other people who want to lose weight.
- Immune system
Your immune system may experience adverse reactions to THC. Animal studies have shown that THC can weaken your immune system and render you more susceptible to diseases. To fully understand the results, more research is needed.
Example of Medicinal Marijuana
Eight medical conditions in which the use of CBD oil is approved. These are severe pain cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, muscle spasms, severe nausea, seizures, muscle atrophy, and dramatic weight loss.
Some of the therapeutic uses of CBD oil are,
- Anxiety and mood disorders
CBD oil helps to reduce anxiety and seizures in multiple sclerosis patients. It exerts its effect by increasing the production of serotonin hormone in the brain and may increase the synthesis of new nerves in the hippocampus portion of the brain which deals with emotions and mood.
- Pain and Neurological disorder:
CBD oil may suppress the α3-glycine receptors which sense the pain in the nervous system, which reduces inflammation and neuropathic pain. CBD oil may help with neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, childhood seizure disorders.
- Seizures and spasms
CBD oil is an FDA approved drug for the management of seizures. A chemical derivative of cannabidiol reduces its benefits for sleep apnea, daytime sleepiness, and even nightmares associated with PTSD.
- Improve heart health:
Heart Omega-3 fatty acids in CBD oil may improve the health of the heart and reduce the risk of issues such as arrhythmias and heart disease. The seeds contain amino acids like arginine, that are converted into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes dilatation of artery and vein and it makes blood vessel walls plane and elastic.
- Reduce nausea and vomiting:
Cannabinoids in hemp also reduce chemotherapy-induced emesis. It is a commonly prescribed and effective antiemetic drug for the management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Pearls of wisdom:
Marijuana may not be a first choice prescription medication for the treatment of the symptoms and diseases that it has proven effective, but it gradually relies less on the treatment and more on the quality of life of patients. Not every patient responds well to cannabinoid therapy. Marijuana helps them to reduce the use of other drugs in terms of direct health effects and to help them, apart from medical procedures solely aimed at monitoring the symptoms, to tolerate their disease with the dignity that should be afforded to any patient.