Medical Cannabis refers to the use of cannabis as a physician-recommended herbal therapy, most notably as an antiemetic. Consequently, an antiemetic is effective against vomiting, nausea, motion sickness, and the side effects of chemotherapy and cancer.
Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for approximately 4,000 years. Writings from ancient India confirm that its psychoactive properties were recognized, and doctors used it for a variety of illnesses and ailments. These included a whole host of gastrointestinal disorders, insomnia, headaches and as a pain reliever frequently used in childbirth. The cannabinoids in marijuana mimic the healing effects of a naturally occurring chemical in the brain called Anandimide; “also known as N-arachidonoylethanolamine or AEA, an endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter. The name is taken from the Sanskrit word ananda, which means “bliss, delight”, and amide. It is synthesized from N-arachidonoyl phosphatidylethanolamine by multiple pathways. It is degraded primarily by the fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) enzyme, which converts anandamide into ethanolamine and arachidonic acid. As such, inhibitors of FAAH lead to elevated anandamide levels and are being pursued for therapeutic use.
Cannabis also acts as an antispasmodic and anticonvulsant and is indicated for neurological conditions.
In the 1970s, a synthetic version of THC, the primary active ingredient in cannabis, was synthesized to make the drug Marinol. Incidentally, this drug treats or prevents nausea and vomiting caused by cancer medicines, when other medicines do not work. It is also used to increase the appetite of people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Medical Cannabis also aids in the following:
- Relief of muscle spasms (which I have)
- Relief of chronic pain (which I have due to a herniated disc. Consequently, I had to learn how to walk again after having this disc rupture.)
Glaucoma – Marijuana relieves the internal eye pressure of glaucoma, and therefore relieving the pain and slowing or even stopping the condition.
Cancer- Many side effects of the medication to stop cancer can be relieve with Marijuana, some studies suggest that Marijuana tends to slow down the progress of some types of cancer.
Multiple Sclerosis – Muscle pain, spasticity, tremors and unsteadiness are some of the effects caused by the disease that can be relieved by Marijuana.
Epilepsy – in some patients, epileptic seizures can be prevented with Marijuana use.
Chronic pain – Marijuana helps to alleviate the pain caused from many types of injuries and disorders.
Anxiety and Depression - Even though mild anxiety is a common side effect in some users, cannabis can elevate your mood and expand the mind
Serotonin is one of many neurotransmitters found in the brain. It is also found in the blood, mucous membranes which line the digestive tract, and stomach. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter made from tryptophan, an amino acid found in food. Certain imbalances in the brain’s neurotransmitters are correlated to depression. Having higher levels of serotonin is shown to counter some depressive symptoms.
Marijuana doesn’t directly produce serotonin, but it may help to reduce depression for some people. One chemical in marijuana, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) does affect a substance in the brain called anandamide. It causes a soothing sensation in the body when it reacts with THC. Some of the ways that marijuana can affect people in low to medium doses are by:
Additionally, marijuana has been found to stimulate neurogensis in the hippocampus — another characteristic that may help counter depression over time. Though it is not fully understood how serotonin, depression, and neurogenesis are related, the production of new neurons in the hippocampus has been associated with relief of depression symptoms for many people. Similarly, a reduction in hippocampal volume is often found in patients with major depression. Many factors contribute the production and destruction of cells in the hippocampus and other regions of the brain, including sleep, stress, anti-depressants, and exercise. As you might guess, getting insufficient sleep and experiencing major life stressors can reduce hippocampal volume, while exercise can stimulate the growth of new cells in the brain. Another chemical in marijuana, cannabidiol, is likely responsible for the anti-depressive effects that stem from neurogenesis. This chemical does not produce the psychoactive effects of marijuana, but is likely responsible for the medicinal benefits of marijuana, in addition to the neurogenesis, including relief of nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. Marijuana can be used to enhance personal spirituality through different types of meditation. The herb tends to reveal your true self. As opposed to tranquillizers and depressants that relax the body and release tension, but the state of mind associated with these drugs is “unconsciousness” whereby we escape rather than resolve our dilemmas. Alcoholism is an extreme need of both the body and personality sometimes to release the nervousness that has accumulated and continues to build up to an unbearable degree.
The point being, medical marijuana is a safe and effective herb when used responsibly. And, I would advise one use a Vaporizer. The reason being, it is better for your body and it prevents any odor from accumulating within the air.