In recent years, medicinal cannabis products have become all the rage. Is it only because the novelty of something once illegal is so tempting that everyone has to give it a try now? Or is it because people are discovering that there’s something there that works very well after all?
The fight to make medical marijuana legal was fought by many people – patients and health professionals all over the world. Pot is legal to use medicinally in countries like Australia, Norway, Peru, Thailand, Poland, Jamaica, Germany, Israel, Canada, Chile, Argentina or Luxemburg.
As you can see, the list is long (we only mentioned a few countries here!) and very diverse.
According to Cannabis Growing Canada experts, medicinal pot can help cancer patients with appetite, pain management, and concentration. It can also help people affected by multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease or epilepsy.
Mental health is also affected by medicinal marijuana – it does affect your perspective after all. It is used in cases of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety or schizophrenia.
There is still a lot of stigma and confusion about a lot of these widely available cannabis health products, and we have put together the basics for you – in short, an all-you-need-to-know guide to help you with making the right choice about your next cannabis purchase.
Cannabis Perscription – How to Get it and Where to Get it Filled
If you’re new to the medical cannabis market, there are a few things you should know. Cannabis still has the “illegal drug” stigma, and the hype around it is much different than other drugs that you take to help you with a variety of disorders.
Cannabis is a part of pop-culture, and many people can’t imagine it in a purely medical setting. Many green pharmacies and dispensaries are built and designed more like a fashion salon than a place where you buy your medicine.
Technically, you don’t get a prescription, you get a “recommendation” from your doctor. If you live in the United States, cannabis has gotten itself into a complicated legal bind. It’s not legal on a federal level, but there are many states where it’s legal on a state level.
If you live in Canada, you’re in a much easier situation. In Canada, medicinal pot has been legal for a long time, and there are special licensing bodies in place to regulate the cannabis trade and dispensaries. Of course, legal age limits apply.
While we’re going to leave the technicalities to be worked out by the legislature, we do have an important thing to say to those who self-medicate:
It’s important you talk to your medical professional before self-treating with pot, simply because your doctor has the proper tools to diagnose you and recommend treatment, just like with any drug or therapy aid.
Get the most out of your treatment and talk to your doctor.
Types of Cannabis Health Products
Before you pull out that pipe or go crazy at your local CBD store or dispensary, you have to get diagnosed. You see, there are many different chemicals in marijuana, and they can help with many different health issues – but it all depends on parts of the plant used, the extraction method, and the type of product.
The basic types of cannabinoids their effects and uses are:
CBD – This is the new favorite in many places across the world. Cannabidiol relieves inflammation, anxiety, nausea, convulsions – and it doesn’t get you “high” in the process. You can purchase it online, in the form of oil or edibles. There are special strains that contain more concentrated CBD designed especially for medicinal purposes.
THC – The most popular of all cannabinoids, it’s well known for getting you relaxed and giving users a characteristic high. It also has most properties of CBD, like the ability to treat inflammation, raising your appetite, helping with anxiety, relaxation and helping with convulsions. You can get your THC fix by smoking, edibles, or dabbing.
CBC – has sedative and calming properties, as well as pain relief. It can be used in the form of oil or adhesive patches.
CBG – sedative and antimicrobial properties. It lowers intraocular pressure and can be used for reducing inflammation (helps with glaucoma) and has been shown to slow the growth and proliferation of cancer cells. It can be used to treat Crohn’s disease. It comes in the form of oil or vape cartridges.
THCV – relieves anxiety, can help with panic attacks and is used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the other said benefits include managing sugar levels, memory help and bone growth stimulation. Of course, you should check with your doctor if you should be taking this for therapeutic purposes. It can be found in vape cartridges, tablets and oils.
You can find any of these cannabis health products in your local dispensary. We hope that by using this short guide, you will know how to advocate for yourself and you will become a more informed consumer who knows exactly what to ask for and with the proper diagnosis, you’ll pinpoint the right product for you.
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