How Can Medical Marijuana Help You?
Medical Marijuana is legalized in 30 states, 11 of those having legalized recreational use. The stigma around the cannabis plant is changing rapidly across the country, and for the better. There is no denying the cannabis plant is truly a miracle plant. Maine medical marijuana has been a lucrative industry for years. With easy access to your medical marijuana card in Maine, reaping the benefits of medical marijuana has never been easier. Scientific studies have proven the many medical benefits you can receive from the cannabis plant. This article will cover some of the most common conditions individuals experience that medical marijuana can safely ease the symptoms of.
One of the most common medical uses for marijuana in the United States is chronic pain. Many individuals suffer from chronic pain for a multitude of reasons including muscle and joint problems, aging, arthritis and more. Chronic pain is typically persistent, making medical marijuana a perfect choice for relief. You can medicate with cannabis as often as you need to with no concern for overdosing or causing damage to internal organs as it is much safer and far less addicting than prescription pain medications. Medical cannabis can take the place of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) like Advil and Tylenol, making it the perfect choice for individuals with kidney problems, ulcers or gastroesophageal reflex disorder (GERD).
Studies show that cannabis promotes sleep by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Cannabinoids from THC in the cannabis plant bind to the receptors in our brain, sending a message to increase the levels of adenosine while suppressing the brain’s arousal system. Using medical marijuana before going to sleep can help treat obstructive sleep apnea, improving sleep for individuals with chronic pain and reducing nightmares in patients with PTSD. Research shows that in higher doses, CBD can also promote sleepiness.
While medical marijuana in itself isn’t exactly a “cure” for cancer, it can greatly improve the lives of cancer patients giving them the best possible quality of life. Medical marijuana provides exceptional relief from cancer pain and the side effects of cancer treatment including weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. In clinical trials, it has been shown that patients require less pain medication when using medical marijuana. Dr. Donald Abrams, an oncologist and professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco states “There is no question in my mind, it works.” Abrams works with patients undergoing cancer therapy and has seen significant improvement in their ability to tolerate chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer therapies.
Multiple Sclerosis & Nerve Pain
Over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or suffer from pain due to nerve damage. Individuals with MS are the second largest group of medical cannabis users in the United States. Marijuana acts as a muscle relaxant and can significantly reduce muscle spasms. For Multiple Sclerosis, there are few options for pain and symptom management that exist. Common drugs are Lyrica and Neurontin which are highly sedating. Patients love medical marijuana because they are still able to perform their daily activities while experiencing symptomatic relief.
Why Choose Maine Medical Marijuana?
By now we’ve seen a few areas where the use of medical marijuana can vastly improve the quality of life in medical patients. The conditions and symptoms listed above are just the tip of the iceberg. For conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, chronic pain, insomnia, cancer pain and so much more, medical marijuana can make your symptoms more manageable allowing you to continue with your daily activities. With your Maine medical marijuana card, Honeycomb Farms can help you find the right strain for your medical needs. Please reach out today if you have any questions or concerns regarding medical marijuana and how it can be a fit for you.