A Simple Overview of Medical Marijuana
What is Medical Marijuana?
Uses and Benefits:
Considerations and Legal Status:
Accessing Medical Marijuana:
It drew worldwide attention when a young girl, (Charlotte Figi, born October 18, 2006) suffering from epilepsy was treated by a type of marijuana oil rich in cannabidiol and without any THC. Dr Sanjay Gupta from CNN bought the story to light in a special documentary and intruded the world to the Stanley Brothers, makers of the medical marijuana oil known as Charlotte’s Web. (full documentary).
Over the past years, various cannabinoids have become known for the treatment of seizures, pain, and anxiety and as an anti-inflammatory, it’s been used for the treatment of nausea and is an anti-oxidant. Research is also emerging on its anti-tumor properties for treating cancer.
Early forms of treatment in modern times (bearing in mind that marijuana has been a medicine in many cultures for thousands of years) came from products called marijuana oil or from hemp based products known as hemp oil. Hemp, being a derivative of the cannabis plant with strong low THC properties
Nowadays there is a myriad of ways to take marijuana – for medicinal or for recreational. Below is a few methods of ingestion of marijuana and its derivatives. Of course the principle method of consuming marijuana is through smoking, this way involves heating the biomass of the plant, traditionally the flowers causing an effect called decarboxylation. This process releases the therapeutic properties of the plant during heating and inhalation.
Other ways that have become very popular to consume marijuana is via extractions of Hemp Oil in various ways through tinctures, and vaporizers. There is also a range of marijuana edibles, including gummy bears.
Using industrial-grade hemp to produce rich topical products for use on the skin has been very popular in recent times. The biggest uptake of marijuana in medical or health consumption has come from oils in concentrates often made from pure extracts directly from the cannabis plant.
The main take away from this little overview is that humans have an endocannabinoid system that regulates homeostasis and that system is activated by the cannabinoids found in marijuana.
Of course the best form is always organic to consume your marijuana – regardless of how you ingest it.