With state after state legalizing marijuana recreationally and medically, many studies have taken place to examine the benefits of marijuana. Precisely, in the medical field, marijuana has been known to have benefits for many years.
Despite the resistance and backlash, marijuana for medicinal purposes has been utilized by several states for years before the legalization of recreational marijuana. In the past, marijuana has been permitted for use in terminally ill patients, chronic conditions and severe nausea with appetite loss. Further studies have shown marijuana to have exponential growth in benefits versus traditional pharmaceutical treatments.
How does marijuana compare with pharmaceutical treatments?
Marijuana, or more specifically cannabinoids, has been shown to have numerous benefits that derive from its natural properties. Within the body, cannabis has been shown to shrink and eradicate cancer cells, treat anxiety and depression, help with chronic pain, improve appetite and treat nausea. The human body possesses a system known as the endocannabinoid system that contains receptors specifically for the cannabis plant. Unlike most pharmaceutical therapies, cannabinoids cannot be overdosed with nor are there adverse effects.
How can marijuana be administered other than smoking?
Typically, the usual and best way to use marijuana is by smoking a “joint”. This can have devastating effects on the lungs, especially for those with respiratory problems. Many other forms have been created to provide a more natural delivery of marijuana. Marijuana can be administered in the following ways:
- Orally – sprays, edibles, pills, and tinctures
- Topically – creams, lotions, and patches
- Inhalation – vapors, electronic cigarettes, and inhalers
Each delivery method depends on each individual as they affect everyone differently. There are forms of cannabis that are all made in the previously listed ways such as CBD which is either marijuana or hemp derived without THC, hemp, marijuana with THC, and marijuana without THC.
How will marijuana affect the future of medicine?
Marijuana is natural, impossible to overdose on and has little to no side effects. It treats a wide variety of conditions and disorders as well as effectively manages symptoms of certain diseases. While many states have made access and use of marijuana legal, other states still have strict laws and regulations in place.
With new legislation allowing the legitimate use of marijuana, research has expanded significantly allowing scientists and medical professionals to explore the benefits and use of marijuana further. In the years past, this has always been restricted due to the legality factor and laws in place against marijuana. While this never stopped the research or use of it, the ease of access now has opened numerous doors and opportunities.
Recent legislation has begun to allow the government and the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, to start reviewing studies and research related to marijuana benefits and therapies. Slowly, medications containing cannabis and THC properties as well as CBD, are being approved for the general public through prescription and heavy regulations.
Many advocates for marijuana and CBD hope to continue to see an upward trend leading to the worldwide use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.