Medical Marijuana: a Health and Wellness Overview

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We often dive in to discuss very specific applications for medical marijuana, but if you're a new medical marijuana patient, you most likely desire an overall understanding of the medication as well. It is important to understand that marijuana provides relief because of its active cannabinoid components. The most well-known cannabinoids include cannabidiol (CBD), known for being non-psychoactive and having the ability to treat pain, epilepsy, and potentially psychosis. The other famous cannabinoid would be tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which does have a psychoactive property, but is also known for its ability to stimulate appetite, decrease nausea, reduce pain. Cannabinoids produce wide-ranging relief by interacting with receptors in the endocannabinoid system.

Common uses for medical marijuana include targeting cancer pain management, Parkinson's disease, Tourette's syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, Schizophrenia, Cardiovascular disorders, Palliative care, and Glaucoma. There are many ways medical marijuana can be used, including smoking, vaporizing, taking capsules, eating, or taking liquid extracts. Smoking is the most popular because it offers fast acting relief, but it can lead to other health issues regarding the lungs. Vaporizing is a much safer option that smoking that is inhaled in a similar fashion, and offers the same fast acting relief. It may take longer to feel the effects of medical cannabis when it is eaten, but its relief also lasts longer than other methods. Along with producing relief, medical marijuana also produces minor side effects, including dizziness, drowsiness, short-term memory loss, and euphoria.

We want to hear from you! Anonymously document your unique dosing regimen so that we can better understand how you're treating your symptoms with medical marijuana and learn more about the relief and/or side effects it provides. This information has been provided in part by the pharmacy Wallgreens and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.