For over a thousand years, marijuana has existed and been used by people looking to relax or relieve stress, anxiety, and a few other psychological or physiological ailments. Nowadays, the plant is said to be a panacea for many illnesses – from insomnia, dementia, and depression, to relieving pain from cancer and alleviating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Although many naysayers will insist that the benefits of medical cannabis are purely fabricated stories created by those who just want to justify their use of the drug, recent studies have shown that Medicare spending has significantly decreased by around $165 million in the U.S. states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana, in conjunction with a decrease in prescriptions for pain, depression, nausea, and sleep disorders.
What is medical marijuana?
It’s important to remember that the unprocessed marijuana plant as a whole is not recognized by the FDA as medicine, nor is it approved to be used as such. The marijuana plant contains two major active ingredients – cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is in addition to several other minor elements or cannabinoids. Medical marijuana – or medical cannabis – is specially formulated to contain a higher CBD content to serve its purpose.
What’s the difference between medical and recreational marijuana?
Medical marijuana is formulated to relieve medical symptoms. It’s designed to have a much higher CBD content than recreational marijuana. CBD does not contain psychoactive properties and therefore does not produce the “high” that people would get from using its recreational form.
On the other hand, recreational marijuana contains a higher content of THC, thus producing the “high” that is commonly associated with using the drug. This version of marijuana is purely for recreational use and will not be effective as the medical version if you need it to alleviate symptoms from an illness or side effects from medical treatment. Visit our infinite wellness dispensary to see what we have available in both medical and recreational versions.
Are there risks involved in using medical marijuana?
Even though the THC content in specially-formulated medical marijuana is significantly lower than that of the recreational variety, it’s still possible that some patients will experience a few symptoms such as mood alterations, distorted perceptions, and cognitive impairment. Young people especially should not use marijuana, medical or otherwise, because they are at a higher risk of experiencing problems due to an underdeveloped nervous system.
Whatever risks are there from using medical marijuana can be attributed to the THC present in the dosage. For medical marijuana, we strongly recommend that the amount of CBD in it be significantly higher than its THC content. You can visit our infinite wellness dispensary and learn more about the proper dosage of medical cannabis and see the various strains we have available.
Is it safe to use medical marijuana if I’m taking other medications?
Before taking medical marijuana, we strongly suggest that you visit our infinite wellness dispensary and check first with our pharmacists. Some medications, such as those that reduce blood clotting, anti-platelet drugs or medicines that treat anxiety or insomnia, run the risk of interacting with medical cannabis.
For those that are already taking other forms of medication and are planning to take marijuana – medical or recreational – we advise them first to discuss it beforehand. Ask your health provider about possible drug-to-drug interactions and how it may affect you and your treatment.