Many patients have questions about what to expect when they use cannabis for the first time. Some are fearful of becoming too high, and this makes them anxious to try their new medicine. Those of you who have already experienced the many benefits of cannabis may think this is a silly fear, but you’d be surprised how many people share this concern. Here are a few things you can do to reduce the possible adverse effects of cannabis … if you ever find yourself in a rough situation.
The health effects of cannabis continue to surprise scientists, physicians and researchers. In fact, the DEA is even beginning to conduct some research into the health benefits of this miracle plant. Below, we’ll take an intimate look at how cannabis effects the different systems in our bodies.
Cannabis is an unusual medication in many ways compared to typical pharmaceuticals. One of the big differences is that effective medical marijuana dosage can vary widely from person to person. Factors include method of ingestion, concentration of THC & CBD, personal tolerance, and many others. We’ll break down what to expect when dosing with medical cannabis, and how much is too little or too much.
Both meditation and marijuana have been around for thousands of years. But did you know that using medical cannabis in conjunction with meditation could lead to greater flexibility and a more open mind? We take a dive into cannabis, health, and meditation, and explore how they work together.
While there are over 100 cannabinoids present in medical marijuana, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the two most well-known and abundant. THC is the component that gets you ‘high’. It is classified as a schedule 1 drug by the DEA. CBD, on the other hand, can be found & legally purchased, even in most states where medical marijuana is not legal. This is because it produces no psychoactive effects. Both have their separate uses and we’ll go over their individual strengths and weaknesses. To understand better why one should be used over the other, it’s helpful to compare their chemical differences.
Here at Green Health Docs, one of our biggest goals is to provide our patients with pain relief. Many individuals we see are hoping to one day replace their opioids and pain medication entirely. Or patients are hoping to at least cut back on their usage of these powerful, and oft over-prescribed, medications. Because of the current opioid epidemic in North America, we are especially passionate about the effectiveness of marijuana in helping reduce pain.
Unfortunately, many healthcare providers and agencies have their hands tied when it comes to recommending medical cannabis to help combat this epidemic. Federal and state governments acknowledge the opioid problem, yet cannabis is still seen as a Schedule I drug. Nonetheless, the word is finally getting out about this safer, and often times more effective, pain relief tool.
Medical Marijuana edibles are generally legal in most states with MMJ programs. While Maryland initially banned cannabis edibles, they have recently loosened those restrictions a little. Other states, like Missouri, will have edibles in their dispensaries. We’ll break down why edibles can be a good alternative, and what patients need to know in order to stay safe while using cannabis edibles.
Many cannabis users are already familiar with smoking marijuana bud or flower. This tends to be the most common method of administration, and has been for centuries. As more and more medical dispensaries continue to open, patients with a medical marijuana card will find they have access to a wide variety of cannabis options. These include vaping medical marijuana from disposable vape pens, other vaporizer products, creams, salves, tincture, elixirs, mints and other products.
Until these additional methods are widely available, the most common way to use medical marijuana is by smoking or vaping. This brings up the frequently asked question – which is safer, smoking or vaping medicinal marijuana?
Many patients come to Green Health Docs looking to reduce the amount and/or dosage of their current prescription medications. In fact, opioid substitution is a one of the qualifying conditions listed in Missouri’s medical marijuana program. This is understandable since most medications have the potential for harmful side effects, especially with prolonged use. Even over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen (Motrin) can cause stomach ulcers or increased bleeding if overused.
One of the biggest concerns with patients is how medical marijuana interacts with prescription drugs. Dr. Evan Edwards dives into how cannabis can work with prescriptions, and what to avoid.
Many people tend to focus on the major cannabinoids like THC and CBD when picking out their cannabis strains, but that’s not the only medicinal component to the plant. Terpenes are the essential oils that provide cannabis plants their different flavors and aromas. Some terpenes even help supplement the indica or sativa properties of cannabis strains. While there are over 200 different terpenes, in this article we’ll go over the most common ones to look out for.
Medical Marijuana is coming to Ohio and you may be pleasantly surprised to find that you too can qualify to become a legal cannabis patient. One of the most important steps to getting your medical marijuana card in Ohio is receiving (and being able to provide proof of) a diagnosis for at least one of the following qualifying conditions:
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a condition caused by the immune system abnormally responding to natural intestinal bacteria and fungi. The two types of IBD are Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s Disease can affect any portion of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, and can cause damage to the full thickness of your intestines.
Ulcerative Colitis is limited to your colon and only affects the inner lining. Both can be devastating to patients and involve multiple symptoms and complications – that is why IBD is a qualifying condition in many states where medical cannabis is legal, Maryland and Missouri.
Green Health Docs primarily mission is to give Maryland and Ohio residents medical cannabis cards so that they can access cannabis to better manage their conditions. While being able to treat pain and other symptoms can greatly improve one’s quality of life, so can maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The majority of the patients we see are seeking relief from their chronic pain, and no doubt have been counseled numerous times by their healthcare providers to try and be more active. Using your joints regularly helps to keep them healthier, even if they are arthritic – so could something typically associated with ‘stoners’ lying around eating snacks on the couch actually help you become more physically fit?
By using the right strains and dosages, patients may find that cannabis can be used as a tool not only to relieve their pain and other symptoms, but to improve their overall well-being. We’ve had some chronic pain patients return for their yearly check-ups reporting that they are more active and have been losing weight. This can seem counterintuitive at first, especially since cannabis is often promoted as an appetite stimulant that induces lethargy, but there also exist many strains that increase energy to help you be more active. Some cannabinoids, such as CBN and THC-V, can even help suppress appetite.
In states where cannabis is legal, it’s no surprise that many cancer patients and their loved ones have considered the possibility of trying medical marijuana. When faced with such a devastating disease, it’s common to explore every available avenue, even those outside the realm of conventional medicine. However, as with most alternative medications, there will always be some individuals who oversell its benefits or even bill it as a “miracle” cure. So, what is medical marijuana’s actual role when it comes to cancer?
America has nearly 55 million adults who have used marijuana once or twice in the past year, says the same 2017 survey by Yahoo! News and The Marist Post. Over 35 million of them are regular users, who use the drug at least once or twice every month.
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, while recreational marijuana has been legalized in nine states. Some states have also been updating on their policies to ensure safety of patients. Sixty-four percent of Americans support legalization, according to recent Gallup poll.
More Americans are gradually changing their attitudes toward cannabis. Far from the menace it was projected to be in the 1930s, marijuana has been proven to give several health effects to humans. Read further to find out how cannabis can positively affect the body and mind.