Medical marijuana was first introduced in 1996 with California Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. The Federal Government still considers marijuana schedule 1 drug, meaning it has no medical value and is highly addictive.
What is Medical Marijuana?
Cannabis used to treat various illness and diseases through its active ingredient, cannabinoids, which include THC, CBD, CBC, CBL and more. It has been said these cannabinoids can be used to help symptoms of AIDS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, seizures, PTSD and more. Each state that has legalized it for medicinal purposes has its own laws in effect. So far 23 of the 50 states have legalized medical marijuana and recognize its health effects for the sick.
What are Cannabindoids
Cannabinoids are a group of compounds found in the marijuana plant to help bring positive values to the medicine itself. To date, there are about 66 cannabinoids. All cannabinoids work in a different way with different properties. They can be taken in multiple different ways from smoking to vaporizing the cannabinoids too orally.
What do Cannabinoids do?
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the most common and known cannabinoids in the marijuana plant is responsible for the psychoactive effects many are familiar with. It is the reason recreational smokers or vapers continue their habits due to the effects. THC is known to treat mild to average pain by altering transmitter release in the spinal cord and/or cerebral portions of the brain.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that actually reduces psychoactive effects of THC that impedes growth from cancer cells. CBD is what many people praise and hold to high standard, saying this is what is saving them. Patients with cancer use CBD to stop the reproduction and growth of cancer cells. Also neurological disorders like epilepsy cases can be dramatically decreased. To make it easier on patients, CBD oil is created which can be taken orally under doctors’ orders.
CBN (Cannabinol) is a psychoactive cannabinoid that is active as THC ages and starts to break down, known as oxidization. To get these levels back to a minimum, you will need to store your cannabis in a dark, cool and airtight environment. CBN helps with insomniacs get the well-rested sleep they deserve. It is usually because of your cannabis not being stored correctly.
THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) is a psychoactive cannabinoid compound working in a different manner than its counterpart, THC. THCV activates the CB2 receptors in the body. Mainly found in strains from Southeast and Central Asia, along with parts of Africa. THCV is responsible for suppressing hunger to fight obesity and lower the inception of seizures resulting in less epileptic episodes.
What are the benefits of Cannabinoids’?
Cannabinoid are what produce the mental and physical effects of the medical marijuana. Cannabinoid have countless properties and the scientists behind them are learning more every day. Some CBD are beneficial properties to anti-depressants, anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-nausea and even helping protect the nervous system. They can be taken from several different ways from taking edibles or vaporizing CBD and THC.
America Admitting Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells
On August 21, 2015, governments cancer website added an extra phrase in their overview on cannabis. One part said “A laboratory study of delta-9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed that it damaged or killed the cancer cells.” Another said “Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory” in response to the question, “Have any preclinical (laboratory or animal) studies been conducted using Cannabis or cannabinoids?”
All this happened in such low key manner from the government as it was dug up by a few blogs and brought to our attention. This is an extremely big leap in the marijuana community considering marijuana is still considered a schedule 1 drug meaning it is the most dangerous drug with no medicinal values.
Veterans Affairs and Medical Marijuana
Veterans who rely on marijuana won’t get any help or assistance from the Veterans Health Administration since it is looked down upon. It has only been lately that the VA’s office have been looking into this due to recent outpouring from veterans and family members supporting medical marijuana for veterans.
How to see if you qualify for Medical Marijuana?
First you will need go see a valid recommended doctor who is active in practicing this. Do a quick search on the internet or at WeedMaps to find a local good doctor. It can be a big difference in finding the right one. Tell him your need for cannabis and after a series of question he will or will not grant you a medical marijuana recommendation.