Medical marijuana is also the medical cannabis which has been recommended by the doctors specifically to a patient. This is the whole extract that has not been processed. The use of marijuana as a medicine has not been quite tested due to the regulations posed by the government. Some very small evidence has shown that use of the marijuana reduce nausea or vomiting when one is going through chemotherapy, helps improve appetite to the people suffering from HIV/AIDS
Well, some of the U. S states have already had the use of marijuana as a medicine legalized. And some are still waiting to pass the bill. But it has not been fully accepted as a treatment as there have not been enough studies done to prove safe and effective it is. The marijuana plant is still the one used for the recreational purposes. It has been known to treat the following illnesses
- Loss of appetite
- Alzheimer’s diseases
- Mental health and stress disorder
- Muscle spasms
The active chemical in the cannabis is the same as the chemicals the body will use in appetite, movement, memory, and pain. The results have been proving that the chemicals can be used to
- Reduce anxiety
- Kills the cancer cells and slow the growth of the tumor.
- Helps brings appetite especially to the people with cancer and HIV/AIDS
- Helps relax the muscles especially to the people with muscle spasms
The marijuana plant has not been accepted by the FDA as it requires some hundreds to thousands of humans being subjected to the treatment, to determine well the benefits and risks involved. For up to now the researchers have not been able to give enough information on the health risk of marijuana as there are some side effects to the usage. This is both short-term to long-term effects.
- Short term effects-if you smoke marijuana, the smoke will go to the lungs through the bloodstream. This blood will carry the chemicals all the way to the brain. If you eat or drink the marijuana bodies will absorb the THC, and you start feeling the effect within 30 minutes or 1 hour. The chemicals will play a big role in the development of the brain and its functioning. ‘The high’ feeling starts to come up, changes in the mood, impaired memory, a damaged sense of time, thinking and solving problems become difficult, hallucinations and delusions.
- Long-term effects-if you start using the drug as a teenager, the brain will be impaired, and research has shown that some of these changes could be permanent. To those who quit marijuana as adults, the mental abilities might not be fully recovered. As they could have lost some IQ points between the ages of 13 and 38.