It’s a hot topic of using marijuana for medical purpose amongst medical practitioners and patients. Many call it as a pain reliever for many chronic illnesses as well as autoimmune diseases like lupus.
National Cancer Institute has given some guidelines and how marijuana is to be used:
- Grown everywhere in the world
These days this plant is grown in almost all the countries in the world, but it originated from central Asia. The plant has ingredients called cannabinoids that affect the central nervous system and the brain.
- Cannabinoids are the key
There are two active ingredients in the cannabinoids which are useful for medical use are cannabidiol and delta-9-THC. THC is what gives you “high” when you take marijuana, it is psychoactive, but cannabidiol helps the immune system and central nervous system and decreases inflammation. People who take cannabidiol doesn’t have to fear of getting high. Cannabinoids can be taken in various ways, such as, sprayed under the tongue, smoked, ingested and inhaled.
- People use it for thousands of years
For thousands of years, cannabis has been used in some civilizations. But only in the 19th century, the western medicines have seen its potential in pain relief.
- Legal in some countries
Use of cannabis for medical purpose is legal in some countries, and in some countries, it is legal in some states and provinces.
- Side-effects of chemotherapy can be helped with cannabinoids
Drugs of cannabinoids can give some relief to the patients who are going through chemotherapy. There are huge side-effects from chemotherapy and also the treatment of cancer. When under chemotherapy, people get nausea, and cannabinoids help those people to reduce the feelings of nausea.
- Cancer cells might be killed with cannabis
In clinical research, it was seen that cancer cells developed in the laboratory got killed by cannabis. But this is still under research and FDA didn’t approve it as of yet.