Medical cannabis is an exciting and expanding field of medicine, but because it is such a cutting-edge field, many people have questions about it. Green Remedy Wellness, LLC, is here to help you navigate the application process for a medical cannabis card. They can help you make informed decisions on how medical cannabis can alleviate the symptoms of your chronic condition. For more information or to set up a consultation, call the friendly staff today at the Glen Burnie, Maryland, location, or make an appointment online with the scheduling tool.
Medical marijuana or medical cannabis is the use of the cannabis plant for treatment of a wide range of illnesses and conditions. The cannabis plant contains over 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids that interact with the mind and body in a variety of ways.
Unlike many medications, cannabinoids are not foreign substances to your body; your body contains cannabinoid receptors that respond to the chemicals found in cannabis. This difference is believed to be a key reason that medical cannabis is less likely to cause addiction or severe side effects than many traditional forms of medication.
Many forms of medical cannabis contain the natural cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) a psychoactive compound responsible for the mental effects of cannabis. While THC is effective for treating insomnia, pain and certain types of seizures, it is not the only cannabinoid that can be used medically.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid that has been shown to have as many medical applications, and it is completely non-psychoactive. This means that almost everyone with a chronic illness can find a solution with medical cannabis without worrying about the mental side effects that may make their day more complicated.
Yes. One of the benefits of medical cannabis is that you have a variety of options in how you consume your medicine. Cannabis is commonly smoked, but there are a number of reasons that this is may not be appropriate for everyone. Vaporized options are now common, as is edible cannabis.
Many people choose edible cannabis to avoid the act of smoking, and while this is a good health choice, it should be noted that cannabis affects the body differently when it is eaten. It often takes much longer to be digested by the body and take effect, so if you have taken any edible with THC, wait at least 2.5 hours before eating anymore so you can see how edibles affect you.
Typically, the psychoactive effects of eating THC are stronger and longer lasting than when it is vaporized or smoked, but if you do eat too much you are not at risk of any kind of overdose or health problem, just a potentially unpleasant or uncomfortable experience.
Ask the staff at your dispensary for exact dosage information on everything you buy and for recommendations on how to use it.
Like anything else, medical cannabis can be abused, but it is extremely rare to become physically addicted or dependent. Research on exactly how many people who are prescribed medical cannabis will go onto abuse it is still being conducted.
In the rare cases that cannabis withdrawal does occur, its symptoms are very different and much less serious than the symptoms of withdrawal from many other common medications like opioid painkillers. They typically are limited to restlessness, temporary trouble sleeping, and irritability, as opposed to the vomiting, fever, and hallucinations that can be a part of opioid withdrawal.
While it is possible you will find the psychoactive effects of certain types of cannabis, you are not in danger of overdosing or at risk of serious immediate health problems from using cannabis.
If you have any questions about cannabis, its benefits, and its risks, call Green Remedy Wellness, LLC, to set up an appointment, or make one online.