Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana is a multi-purpose medication with varied usage.  It has been used by some people to help with upset stomach and throwing up that occurs as a side effect of chemotherapy. Still others use it to help with glaucoma.

Marijuana is used to stimulate the appetite, in HIV/AIDS related weight loss, or to help with other stomach problems. People with multiple sclerosis will use this product to help with pain and muscle spasms. Others believe it helps with nerve-related pain.

The important feature to note is that Marijuana comes from the Cannabis plant which contains biochemical compounds known as cannabinoids and terpenoids.  When these compounds are consumed the physical effects of Marijuana are then observed. 

Most importantly the Cannabis receptors which produce the physical effects are already present in your body.  In fact Medical Cannabis has a prolonged history of use going back many thousands of years across many different ethnicities.

 Routes of administration:

The thinking of many important individuals including those in our very own State has evolved on the state of Medical Marijuana.  Thanks to new laws that have been enacted physicians can now see patient’s and then certify them for Medical Cannabis usage.  Medical Cannabis can be used through many different modes of administration.  That is to say it can be consumed in different forms.  Current available forms include, Flower, vaporizer, capsules, tinctures, dermal patches, and oral sprays.  In the case that you qualify for Medical Cannabis your physician can order either medical marijuana which contains higher amounts of THC or low THC marijuana which contains higher amounts of CBD or cannabidiol.  Each of these different preparations will have different effects on you.  For example if you are in severe pain which is debilitating and limits your daily activities then your doctor may decide to treat you with medical marijuana which has higher amounts of THC.  If you have an inflammatory condition such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis then your doctor may choose to treat you with low THC marijuana which contains more cannabidiol.

 

Duration of action: 

During the course of treatment many patients will wonder how long will medical marijuana last.   The answer to this will vary with the route of administration that is chosen.  If the inhaled or vaporized form is chosen, the onset will be within minutes and the duration of action can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.  However, if the oral preparations are chosen the onset may take anywhere from 60-90 minutes and can last anywhere from 6-8 hours.  All of the above is dependent on many additional factors including gender, weight, metabolism, and sensitivities.

 

Trial and Error:

A common feature of Medical Marijuana treatment is the “Trial and Error” aspect.  The important thing to note is that everybody is different.  There is no “one size fits all approach” and because of this there are different routes and dosages that can be experienced before finding the perfect fit for your specific medical condition.  

 

Whatever your specific condition and medical history it is important to call the Medical Marijuana Certifying Physicians at Innovate Health at (561) 316-7287 to schedule and appointment and consultation.

Nathan Mohseni