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Is Marijuana as Effective as Medications?

Nov 4

More people are using marijuana for recreational and medical purposes.

More people will turn to medical marijuana as a replacement for pharmaceutical drugs, as more states legalize it. It is important to know if medical marijuana can be both safe and effective.

Read on to learn more about before giving up your prescriptions to buy from a budtender.

What's marijuana?

Marijuana is made from Cannabis sativa. It also contains hemp. These are the most important:

THC: THC, a psychoactive substance, affects the brain and causes euphoria.

Although CBD does not cause a high, there are many health benefits.

Hemp contains very little THC, and so is allowed to be grown in the United States under the 2018 Farm Bill. Medical cannabis refers to products made from marijuana or hemp with varying amounts of THC and/or other CBD.

Which marijuana-based treatments have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

THC or CBD is now FDA-approved.

  • Epidiolex is a CBD-derived product that has been approved to treat severe seizure disorders such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

  • Dronabinol, also known as Marinol, is a synthetic THC that's used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy or HIV.

  • Cesamet, (Nabilone),: This synthetic THC can be used to treat nausea or vomiting caused by chemotherapy as well as to aid weight loss.

  • Another option is to use nabiximols. While it has not been approved in the United States for medical use, it is still legal in Canada, Mexico, and some European countries.

What conditions can marijuana be used in?

The most common use of marijuana products is to treat anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and mental disorders.

  • Some narcotic pain relievers are hydrocodone or oxycodone.

  • Anxiety medication such as clonazepam or lorazepam can be used to treat anxiousness.

  • These antidepressants include bupropion, sertraline, and trazodone.

Many people are turning to marijuana for the treatment of many conditions.

  • Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease

  • Anorexia Nervosa (or) is one form of anorexia.

  • Epilepsy

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a type of multiple sclerosis that can be fatal.

  • Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disorder that can cause gastrointestinal problems.

  • Glaucoma

Science has improved the safety and efficacy of cannabis. Many people are now trying it.

  • Some people may believe more in medical marijuana.

  • It's possible that it will be even more effective than their medicines.

  • They may be more able to manage the side effects of cannabis.

  • They might believe it is safer.

  • They may think it's less addictive.

  • Some people might find that cannabis is more accessible and easier to get.

  • You might be able to buy cannabis more easily.

  • Some people may not have the means to access traditional medical treatment.

Is marijuana safe for treating depression?

There is evidence that CBD, the main ingredient of marijuana, may reduce depression. Further research is needed to determine the best dose, strain, or formulation for each individual.

While marijuana may temporarily relieve symptoms of depression, it is also possible for it to cause more severe forms.

Does marijuana have the ability to lower anxiety?

Self-medicating with cannabis, specifically CBD, is common. CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in the short term, especially when used for public speaking.

Some patients may become dependent on marijuana for their addiction to benzodiazepines.

Research is still limited. It's possible for marijuana to cause anxiety and mood swings.

Is marijuana treatment for an eating disorder?

Research has shown that cannabis may help with anorexia. While dronabinol is not licensed to treat eating disorders, it's possible that THC from marijuana could have similar effects.

However, smoking marijuana can cause eating disorders.

Is marijuana treatment for insomnia?

Many people suffer from insomnia. A study showed that many who used cannabis for sleep had been able to quit taking prescription sleep medication.

There isn't much evidence to support marijuana's ability to help people sleep. People with PTSD may have fewer nightmares.

However, we are aware that it can slow down eye movement, which could lead to sleep disruptions and lower quality sleep.

Is marijuana legal for pain relief?

Some cases of pain relief may be possible with marijuana. While cannabis is not recommended for acute pain after surgery, studies show that cannabis products can be used for chronic pain, particularly nerve pain.

A study showed that half of the people who were addicted to opioids for chronic pain could stop using them. Prescription opioid use has declined in states that have legalized medical cannabis.