Understanding Medical Cannabis And Its Uses

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The term "medical cannabis" can be confusing to people. The main reason for this confusion is the surge in production and use of CBD, which is cannabidiol. In very basic terms, CBD is marijuana without THC. THC is the ingredient that causes a person to feel "high." Medical cannabis is the same thing as marijuana, whether prescribed for medical reasons or taken recreationally. When used for health problems. CBD is referred to as medicinal CBD, not medical CBD. So, why do doctors usually prescribe medical marijuana and not CBD? The reason is that THC interacts with receptors in the body differently and with different receptors than straight CBD does. Here are just a few reasons your doctor may suggest medical marijuana.


While medical marijuana has not yet been shown to kill cancer cells or stop their growth, doctors prescribe it to help with the side effects of many cancer treatments. It has been shown to help with nausea so the patient can eat more and keep the food down. The patient will also regain their appetite and eat more. A cancer patient needs to be well nourished in order to fight the disease and the treatments for it. Medical marijuana can also give relief from the pain of cancer and its treatments. 


When fluids build up inside the eye it causes an increase in pressure that damages the optic nerve. This is what happens in glaucoma. THC reduces this pressure so the nerve cannot be damaged further. One form of glaucoma may also cause you to be in pain or become nauseous and medical cannabis will help with that too.


People with PTSD suffer from severe anxiety, terrifying nightmares, mood swings, and insomnia. Medical marijuana is known to have calming effects on people. It can help people to fall asleep and stay asleep without waking up from nightmares. The added restful sleep reduces mood swings and people will feel more alert and have a more even disposition. 

There are other reasons your doctor may want to prescribe medical cannabis for your conditions. Talk with them and ask if they are referring to medical or medicinal cannabis. If you are worried about the psychotropic effects you may want strictly CBD. However, for the best results, THC may be required. Your doctor will explain the reason and help you identify a dosage that won't have you "high" all the time but will make you feel better.

Speak to your doctor to learn more about medical cannabis


29 June 2022

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