Marijuana as Medicine

In the scientific term, medical marijuana has always had its stories printed in people’s minds for decades. Many around the globe have raised controversial theories about the topic of using Marijuana as medicine. Now, before we actually get into the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of this entire basis of the article, it is important to know what exactly does the term Medical Marijuana means. 

Medical marijuana is sometimes also referred to as Medical cannabis and generally refers to using either the entire unprocessed marijuana plant or some of its basic parts to treat symptoms of certain diseases and illnesses. It is surprising that the only statement that makes it different from ‘recreational marijuana’ is the fact that the former is prescribed by doctors for medicinal use. The plant includes a number of distinct chemicals known as Cannabinoids. The two major chemicals that are used in processing Medical Marijuana are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The THC is the sole factor behind the nirvana or ‘high’ that many feel when they ‘smoke up’ or consume the food that contains it. 

There are many countries that allow the medical use of the whole cannabis plant including the United States, Canada, Australia, Colombia, Greece, Italy, Germany. Chile, the Netherlands, and Poland. The US has 33 states where the use of medical marijuana is completely legal. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has still not approved the use of the whole marijuana plant as medicine. 

History

Around 10,000 years ago, Cannabis was first used in Taiwan in the field of fiber starting. As quoted by the renowned botanist Hui-lin Li, “The use of Cannabis in medicine was probably a very early development. Since ancient humans used hemp seed as food, it was quite natural for them to also discover the medicinal properties of the plant.” Also, historical personality Shen-Nung wrote a book in 2737 BCE that included the major medical benefits of cannabis. It is no surprise that cannabis is considered as one of the 50 fundamental herbs in ancient Chinese medicine. 

Uses Of Medical Marijuana

Nowadays, the rate of awareness and use of marijuana by people who are suffering from a number of physical as well as some psychological diseases has increased incredibly. Below is a list of conditions in which medical marijuana has been used as a therapist:

  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Appetite loss
  • Epilepsy
  • Eating disorders like anorexia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Glaucoma
  • Body pain
  • Muscle spasms

How Does Marijuana Work As A Medicine

As mentioned earlier that the marijuana plant produces chemicals called Cannabinoids which have numerous medicinal properties. In a simple language, these chemicals function similar to the chemicals involved in memory, pain, appetite, and movement, that our body produces. According to studies and research, cannabinoids may have a role in reducing symptoms of the following conditions: 

  • Anxiety
  • Regulate nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
  • Slow tumor growth and kill cancer cells
  • Relax tight muscles in people with MS
  • Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with AIDS

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