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Can Marijuana Be as Effective as prescription drugs?

Oct 23

 

The use of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes is increasing all over the world. Marijuana's benefits for health are becoming more known and some are beginning to use it instead of prescribed drugs.

As more states legalize medical marijuana increases the number of people who use it as a substitute for pharmaceuticals. We need to know if medical cannabis can be secure and efficient.

Read on to learn everything we really know (and do not have a clue about) about medical marijuana Missouri and cannabis before you stop taking the prescriptions you've been given and buying from a budtender.

What is the exact definition of marijuana, and how does it work?

Marijuana is derived from Cannabis sativa, which also contains hemp. Medical Marijuana has a wide range of cannabinoids. Some of the most important ones are:

 

THC is a stimulant for the brain and produces euphoria.

CBD doesn't cause a high, however, it can provide a variety of other health benefits.

Hemp is a very low-quality plant that contains very small amounts of THC and is now legal in the United States under the 2018 Farm Bill. The federal government continues to consider marijuana to be a Schedule I controlled substance, but state regulations are different. The term medical card cannabis is a reference to items produced from hemp or marijuana that contain different amounts of THC and/or CBD.

What cannabis-based treatments have been accepted by the Food and Drug Administration?

Three FDA-approved medicines now comprise CBD and THC. These drugs are not allowed for certain medical conditions including severe seizures, severe chemotherapy-induced vomiting, or weight loss significant due to HIV/AIDS.

 

  • Epidiolex is a CBD-derived substance from a plant that has been accepted for the treatment of severe seizure disorders such as Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

  • Dronabinol (Marinol) is an artificial THC, is used to treat nausea, vomiting, and weight loss caused by chemotherapy or HIV.

  • Cesamet (Nabilone) Cesamet (Nabilone): This synthetic THC can also be used to treat nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, as well as to help lose weight.

  • Another alternative is the nabiximols (Sativex) This is an oral spray that contains both THC and CBD. It is used to treat multiple sclerosis muscles spasms and pain. It is not approved for use in the United States at this time, however, it's accessible in Canada, Mexico, and a handful of European countries.

What are the conditions that marijuana could be for a treat?

 

The majority of the time, marijuana products are employed to treat anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other mental disorders. The people who make use of marijuana as an alternative to prescription medication have been seen using it instead of:

 

  • Narcotic pain relief medications include hydrocodone and oxycodone.

  • Anxiety medications like lorazepam and clonazepam as well as alprazolam are used to combat anxiety.

  • Sertraline, Trazodone, and bupropion are antidepressants.

 

Marijuana is becoming more popular to treat various ailments.

 

  • Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease

  • Anorexia Nervosa is the name of one kind of anorexia.

  • Epilepsy

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a form of Multiple Sclerosis, is a condition that affects people.

  • Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that can affect the gastrointestinal system, is also known as

  • Glaucoma

 

As science advances on the safety and effectiveness of cannabis, many users are experimenting with it. And it turns out that some people prefer to take cannabis rather than receive prescriptions from their physician. According to one study, about 40% of those who took cannabis stopped the use of prescription drugs. Why is this? This could be due to numerous reasons:

 

  • They may have greater faith in medical marijuana.

  • It is possible that it will be more effective than their drugs.

  • They could be better equipped to combat the side effects of cannabis.

  • They might believe that it's more secure.

  • They may think it's not as addicting.

  • It is possible that they will discover that cannabis is simpler to procure and more readily accessible.

  • They may be able to afford cannabis more easily.

  • They might not be able to access conventional medical treatment.

Could marijuana be used to help with depression?

There is evidence that suggests CBD, the principal ingredient in marijuana, can aid in treating depression. This may be due to changes in serotonin levels in the brain. The majority of trials have been conducted on animals and additional study is needed to determine the most beneficial dose, strain, or formulation for people.

 

However, caution should be exercised because, while marijuana can temporarily alleviate depression symptoms, it is likely that it can worsen depression in the long run.

Is it true that marijuana can help with anxiety?

Self-medicating anxiety is the frequent use of marijuana, particularly CBD. CBD may aid with anxiety-related symptoms in the short term According to research, especially when it comes to public speaking and social anxiety.

 

Marijuana can, in certain circumstances, help in the reduction of dependence on prescription medications like benzodiazepines. After a medical cannabis treatment, almost half of patients quit taking benzodiazepines, according to one study.

 

Unfortunately, research is still in the beginning. It's vital to remember that marijuana's THC component might actually make anxiety worse. It is possible that marijuana could cause depression and anxiety.

Can marijuana be used to aid in treating eating disorders?

The results of studies have proven that cannabis may help treat eating disorders like anorexia and other disorders of eating. One study revealed that Dronabinol can aid in the growth of weight and body discontent. While dronabinol is not approved to treat issues with eating marijuana's THC could theoretically cause similar effects.

 

On the other hand, marijuana usage can result in eating disorders. The appetite gets heightened when you use marijuana, leading to binge eating disorders or bulimia in people who are suffering from a binge.

Is marijuana a good option to alleviate insomnia?

Many suffer from insomnia and take cannabis as a method to get their rest. A substantial proportion of persons who used medicinal cannabis to sleep were able to discontinue the use of prescribed sleep aids according to a study.

 

Research on marijuana's effectiveness in helping people to sleep is not conclusive. Cannabis use may increase sleep quality and decrease the frequency at which people wake up at night. It can aid in the reduction of nightmares for patients who suffer from PTSD.

 

We are aware, however, that it could reduce eye movement and cause sleep disruptions and lower quality.

Could marijuana be used to help with the pain?

In some cases, marijuana could be effective in providing pain relief. Cannabis products are often used to substitute opioids. Although it is not recommended for pain that is acute, such as after surgery, studies have shown that cannabis products may be helpful for chronic pain, specifically nerve pain.

 

One study discovered that half of the people who were dependent on opioids for chronic pain were able to stop using them, and one-third could cut down on the use of opioids. Prescription opioid use has also decreased in states where medical cannabis is legal.

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