Cannabis has been used medicinally throughout history however, the ‘stoner’ image has made many people skeptical of its healing properties. In recent years, however, research has revealed that cannabis can be an effective way to treat many medical conditions that we conventionally treat with pharmaceuticals. If you are new to the world of cannabis and are considering using this herb as a form of treatment, this blog post will explore some of the reasons why medical cannabis is such a powerful ‘miracle’ that many are using as their go-to form of healing.
What is medical cannabis and how does it work?
Cannabis is an ancient plant that has been growing from the soil since before recorded history. For many centuries this plant has been used for recreational and medical use until the early 1900’s when it became outlawed. During this time is also when the negative stigma and propaganda started and cannabis was often portrayed in the media and movies as a dangerous and life-threatening drug. These days, the stigma has faded and laws are embracing cannabis, especially medical cannabis which is the use of CBD, a main active ingredient in cannabis that is used to treat a variety of medical conditions including pain relief, inflammation. Anxiety, depression, PTSD, and seizures among many other conditions. Unlike recreational cannabis, medical cannabis does not induce any psychoactive effects. Depending on the laws in your state or country, there are different guidelines to follow when wanting to purchase medical marijuana. Typically, you will need to go to your doctor where he or she will assess your condition and determine if you should consume medical cannabis or not. If your doctor agrees, you will get a prescription that will also state your condition and the recommended dosage. You then need to register online to get your certificate which you will then take to a dispensary to fill out that CBD prescription. CBD is considered safe and is recommended for everyone. Some vets even treat animals with CBD. As with everyone though, there are risks and side effects to consider and with CBD, you must ensure that you do not consume it while on any pharmaceutical medication. Some people also report experiencing side effects such as nausea, fatigue, and dizziness when consuming CBD.
How medical cannabis can help treat a variety of illness
There are many ways to consume medical cannabis when using it as a form of treatment. The most popular ways to consume include dry herb vaporizers, bongs, and pipes for those who prefer to smoke, all types of dab rigs that are used with concentrates, tinctures, CBD oil, edibles, and topicals. If you want to treat pain or inflammation, it is recommended that you use topicals for targeted pain relief and if you want to consume healthily and safely, you should consume tinctures or edibles which eliminate any risks associated with inhalation. As previously mentioned, you should avoid consuming medical cannabis while still taking other pharmaceuticals because this can typically lead to side effects such as nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and headaches. You can usually get medical cannabis in dispensaries where it is legalized however, it is recommended that you consult a medical professional before consuming. Overall, this is a healthier, safer, and more environmentally friendly form of treatment that won’t create a dependency or create any other health risks.
The benefits of medical cannabis
There is a wealth of research available to support the effectiveness of medical cannabis in treating many medical conditions. If you’re someone who prefers healing naturally, medical cannabis can be used instead of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs that come with a host of side effects. Cannabis is also safe and non-addictive as well as being affordable and easily accessible. Compared to other medications that we have become accustomed to, cannabis has little to no side effects which makes it a great form of treatment for people of all ages.
Why more people are turning to medical cannabis for relief
The popularity of medical cannabis is growing for many reasons. People use this holistic treatment to relieve chronic pain, reduce anxiety and depression and improve sleep quality. Medical cannabis is also a popular anti-inflammatory agent and most importantly, there are no harmful side effects associated with cannabis use which is why so many people prefer this treatment.
Adam Mulligan did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.