Medical cannabis is easily ingested without smoking the substance. The natural plant has as many names as it has forms of ingestion to ease aches and pains, worries and woes. Not just a recreational drug anymore, marijuana has found a new purpose in the medical field. While 21 states plus The District of Columbia, have accepted the miracle plant as a medical treatment, many states are still up for debate about its benefits. Medical cannabis has proven in recent times to be a positive healer and pain reliever for many diseases and conditions.
Marijuana has been nicknamed over the years by many who simply refer to the plant as weed, pot, grass or hash. The list of names is endless and it appears that the health benefits are as well. Anti-smoking proponents are slowly coming around as they discover the natural substance is a medicine in addition to a recreational drug of choice.
Medical cannabis is gaining new awareness as many old school doctors are considering a change of heart and even recommending it as a treatment for many diseases and conditions. Most surprisingly, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta changed his stance on medical cannabis recently and has apologized for being locked into an old way of thinking and doing things. He has seen first hand how medical cannabis has helped children and seniors alike, with or without smoking the natural substance.
Ingesting medical cannabis is as easy as smoking it in a joint or a pipe, but some that can benefit from its effects would never even consider smoking one cigarette. Their pain and discomfort from an ailment is so great and debilitating, they are willing to try whatever works to relieve their symptoms. Luckily, there are many other ways to ingest medical cannabis.
Many diseases carry the constant involvement of nerve or muscle damage, and interfere with normal life activity. Effects of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease and Tourette Syndrome which affect mostly the nerves and brain responses are so great, their victims are willing to try anything, legal or not. Even cancer patients suffering from pain associated with chemotherapy and treatments have been helped with medical cannabis.
Fortunately, many states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes as sufferers of Crohn’s Disease, Glaucoma, Epileptic Seizures and even depression patients have been helped. Getting the drug into one’s system can be the ultimate stumbling block if one chooses not to smoke medical cannabis.
Edible treats have been around for many decades with the classic brownie deemed with touting good effects and vibrations. More than just a sense soother, medical cannabis has already provided much relief from pain for millions. Ingesting the substance in food is more beneficial through heat than by simply sprinkling the leaves on a salad or sandwich. Mixed with oil or butter and mixed into cookies or candy reaps a more lasting effect. Many recipes are available on the internet and are insightful to the ones in need.
Vaporization of medical cannabis is a more pleasant way to go as it provides the effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) without the respiratory effects of toxins and tar in the lungs. Heating the marijuana slowly at a low heat with water can produce the desired healing benefits that can be breathed in without smoking. A limited ‘high’ can be achieved at a lesser degree or at least can reduce pain by users.
Medical cannabis is also available through sprays, creams, oils, liquid extracts, pills and suppositories. It can enter the system for relief of pain in almost anyway possible. Each patient and every disease is unique, so means of delivery is quite variable, along with its effects and success rate. Studies are ongoing as each individual should seek professional advice pertaining to their own condition and health history.
Medical cannabis may help reduce pain, but is not a cure-all to all diseases or ailments. The good thing is the response of some law-makers allowing it to be an available option for those who choose it for their own health and well being. Medical cannabis can be ingested without smoking in various forms that just might work in relieving pain from disease and provide alternative choices.
By: Roanne FitzGibbon