February 05, 2021 3 min read

Marijuana is popular among many Americans, though it is a controlled substance in the U.S. Federal Law prohibits the use of marijuana for any reason whatsoever. However, some states have legalized marijuana use.

More than two-thirds of U.S states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana for medical purposes, and more are fronting bills to do the same. In some states, you can use marijuana to treat pain, nausea, and other conditions provided you qualify.

Not everyone qualifies to use medical marijuana. You need the approval of a medical practitioner to be allowed to use medical marijuana. Additionally, not all symptoms are treated using medical cannabis.
You can find out whether you qualify to use marijuana medically.

What is Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana or medical cannabis refers to the derivatives of cannabis sativa that can relieve severe and chronic symptoms. While marijuana contains many compounds, only THC and CBD are critical to medicine. THC gets you 'high," but CBD  is non-psychoactive.

U. S Regulations on Medical Marijuana

Federal law does not allow any kind of marijuana use. You cannot use cannabis sativa or its products for recreation or medical purposes. However, the federal government makes an exemption for cannabidiol (CBD) with less than .3% THC.
A good number of states, approximately 75%, give an okay to use THC marijuana for specific medical symptoms. However, federal law about cannabis supersedes statutory regulations. You might risk arrest even in states where medical marijuana is legal.

The FDA and NIDA on Medical Marijuana

The FDA acknowledges the potential of using cannabis for medical purposes with any adverse repercussions in mind. The agency approves Cesamet (nabilone), Marinol (dronabinol), Epidiolex (cannabidiol), and Syndros.

Patients can only get these drugs after a prescription by a qualified and licensed medical practitioner.

Epidiolex treats two severe epilepsy or seizures associated with Dravet syndrome andLennox-Gastaut syndrome. Marinol, Cesamet, and Syndros are used during cancer chemotherapy and anorexia-related weight loss with people suffering from AIDS.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is skeptical about medical marijuana due to the long-term effects of cannabis, like an addiction. The FDA needs to enhance the regulation by treating medical marijuana like any other prescription drug.

Use Medical Marijuana for Various Conditions and Symptoms

You qualify to use medical marijuana for several symptoms. However, you must beware of your state's regulations since they vary.
Depending on state regulations and the approval of a healthcare practitioner, you can use medical marijuana for the following conditions:

  • Severe nausea
  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Muscle spasms
  • Anorexia, appetite loss, and other eating disorders
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Wasting syndrome
  • Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis or ALS
  • Schizophrenia and PTSD.

The list of symptoms and conditions above is not exhaustible. Researchers keep working to prove the applicability of using marijuana for other diseases.

How Does It Work?

Cannabinoids (CBD) present in medical marijuana can help to:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Stimulate appetite among cancer or HIV patients
  • Slow tumor growth
  • Reduce pain
  • Kill cancerous cells, and
  • Relax muscles

Ways of Taking Medical Marijuana

  • Pills

  • Smoking

  • Vaping or inhaling

  • Through edibles

  • Skin application like a lotion

  • Oral solution

Medical Marijuana Has Some Side Effects

Although medical marijuana is safe, you might experience some side effects, including:

  • Heightened heart rate
  • Hallucinations
  • Higher appetite
  • Recurring nausea and vomiting
  • Apparent addiction
  • Poor concentration and  memory
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Poor judgment and coordination
  • Lung and other respiratory diseases due to smoke.

Yes, You Qualify

The use of marijuana for medical purposes is becoming more viable throughout the U.S. Although federal law prohibits the use of marijuana, most states have allowed medical cannabis for specific conditions mentioned herein.
It is advisable that you know state regulations and to seek the guidance and approval of a licensed doctor before opting for medical marijuana.
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