Medical marijuana has recently gained national attention for its use in treating a wide variety of conditions including appetite stimulation, cancer pain management, chronic pain management, abdominal diseases, and neurological conditions. Crohn’s disease epilepsy, and even glaucoma have been treated with medical marijuana. Many conditions however still remain lacking in scientific efficacy.
Studies however that show the strongest evidence for the use of medical marijuana include chronic pain, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, and muscle spasticity from condition such as multiple sclerosis.
Seizure disorders in children have been successfully treated with a medication made from CBD.
Although from a federal government point of view, marijuana in any form is considered illegal.
The DEA considers marijuana a schedule one drug, falling in the same category as LSD heroin ecstasy and a drug that is considered a gateway drug and likely to be abused and with no medical value.
A schedule one drug creates a problem for researchers who have to undergo special courses in order to be able to study this drug.
It’s unlikely that anything will change from a DEA point of view.
However, from a state government view, medical marijuana is considered acceptable and various conditions have been identified.
Physicians may prescribe medical marijuana which is given to patients through special dispensaries that are state government approved and regulated.
Currently 37 states and the District of Columbia have a medical marijuana program in place.
Applying for medical marijuana:
The first step is to see a physician and get forms and paperwork filled out from a licensed medical physician who is trained in medical marijuana usage.
Typically paying for that doctor’s visit will be cash sense any form of payment that is federal government overseen, such as checks from banks, and credit cards are not accepted.
Similarly purchasing medical marijuana from dispensary is also with cash only.
Once the patient has a medical marijuana card, adjustments in the dosage of the ratio of CBD to THC can be made by the physician even remotely.
Dispensaries then are able to formulate and provide the medical marijuana.
The marijuana plant has been used for recreational and medicinal purposes for hundreds of years.
There are over 100 different chemicals collectively called cannabinoids.
In medical talk, the cannabinoids act on a receptor either is susceptible to THC, (tetrahydrocannabinol) which gives the “mental high” when ingested or smoked, or CBD, (cannabidiol) which does not give the above effects.
Methods of consumption:
Medical marijuana can be consumed by smoking, vaporizing for vape in, oral ingestion in either a candy or cookie form, topically in sprays oils or lotions, sublingually, and even reports of nasal application.
We believe medical marijuana does have its uses and should be regulated as well.
To see if you qualify for medical marijuana please schedule an appointment.