Medical Cannabis or otherwise known as Medical Marijuana refers to the derivatives of the Cannabis sativa plant that are used for alleviating symptoms caused by certain medical conditions. In other words, Medical Cannabis means cannabis medicine used for relieving symptoms.Read More
BENEFITS AND USES
Some major benefits include:
RELIEVES CHRONIC PAIN
Medical Cannabis contains hundreds of chemicals, many of which are Cannabinoids which is known for providing relief from chronic pain.
IMPROVES LUNG CAPACITY
Studies have proved that Medical Cannabis when used for smoking helps in increasing the capacity of the lungs when compared to cigarettes which cause harm to the lungs.
HELPS TO SHED WEIGHT Medical Cannabis helps the body to regulate insulin and at the same time, helping to efficiently manage caloric intake. Eventually, this helps the person to shed excess weight.
REGULATE DIABETES With its positive influence on insulin, medical cannabis can help in regulating and preventing diabetes as well. A research study by AAMC (American Alliance For Medical Cannabis) concluded that cannabis helps to lower blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar, and improve blood circulation.
TREATS GLAUCOMA Glaucoma can be fatal. It can cause additional pressure on the eyeball which can be painful for people suffering from it. Medical Cannabis helps in reducing the pressure applied on the eyeball and deliver temporary relief.
ALLEVIATES ANXIETY Medical Cannabis when taken in monitored dosage properly can greatly assist in alleviating anxiety and calming the person down.
TREATS DEPRESSION Studies have concluded that Endocannabinoid compounds in Medical Cannabis can vastly help in stabilising moods which in turn can ease depression.
TREATS AUTISM According to a medical research study, medical cannabis has shown immense promise in calming down and controlling the moods of people with autism. This will greatly benefit children having autism and who experience frequent bouts of violent mood swings.
Likewise, it is also known to regulate seizures. Research studies have concluded that CBD can help in controlling seizures. Further studies are on to determine to how much extent, it can help people with epilepsy. Medical cannabis can also be used for:
Treating nausea and vomiting that’s associated with cancer chemotherapy.
Treating multiple sclerosis, and neuropathic pain (nerve pain).
Improving appetite in people suffering from cancer and HIV/AIDS.
Treating inflammatory bowel diseases.
Alleviating tremors resulting from Parkinson’s disease.
Fighting certain types of cancer.
Healing broken bones quickly; and also strengthening the bone in the process of healing.
Helping people having problems with cognitive performance and concentration. As a result, they will be able to focus better.
Apart from the above, Medical Cannabis has also been used for treating people with terminal illnesses as part of their palliative care.
Medical Cannabis contains CBD, a chemical that positively impacts the brain to function better without experiencing any high; & THC which contains pain-relieving properties.
Even though medical cannabis might not be 100% risk-free, it is much safer than alcohol. In fact, it can help curb alcoholism through its intake.
However, the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act of 1985 has called for legalizing them for medicinal purposes usage. Today, they are allowed for medical and scientific reasons but only subject to applicable laws.
Medical cannabis in India can be purchased online. However, medical experts feel that many of them could be illegal and potentially dangerous as their precise quality and content ingredients are not properly known. There are certain medical cannabis in India available on prescription only, but they are known to benefit only a selected number of patients.
HOW TO BUY CANNABIS MEDICINE?
Currently, India does not have any provisions that will enable people to buy or sell CBD in Indiaor medical cannabis in India through retail and/or medical stores.
Under the laws, doctors cannot prescribe medical Cannabis to any person less than 18 years of age.
People with heart disease; pregnant women; and a history of psychosis, should not use medical cannabis or CBD without expert doctors’ advice.
Frequently asked questions
What is Medical Cannabis?
Medical Cannabis—which can also be called cannabis, weed, pot, or dope—refers to the dried flowers, leaves, stems, and seeds of the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant contains more than 100 compounds (or cannabinoids). These compounds include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is impairing or mind-altering, as well as other active compounds, such as cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is not impairing, meaning it does not cause a “high”.
How To Use Medical Cannabis?
Medical Cannabis can be used in a number of ways.3,4 Medical Cannabis can be smoked in joints (like a cigarette), in blunts (cigars or cigar wrappers that have been partly or completely refilled with marijuana), or in bongs (pipes or water pipes). Marijuana also can be mixed or infused into foods like cookies, cakes, or brownies (called edibles) and can be infused in drinks.
It can be vaped using electronic vaporizing devices (i.e., e-cigarettes or vape pens) or other vaporizers. Compounds (or cannabinoids) in marijuana can also be extracted to make oils and concentrates that can be vaped or inhaled. Smoking oils, concentrates, and extracts from the marijuana plant, known as “dabbing,” is on the rise. Health and safety risks exist for each of the different ways of using marijuana.
What happens if you take Medical Cannabis every day?
Taking CBD every day can boost the metabolism of the body strengthening our overall well-being. Daily use of Medical Cannabis as a wellness supplement helps boost the functioning of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which in turn keeps all the other physiological processes in check.
What are the side effects of Medical Cannabis?
Nausea, drowsiness, gut problem, dry mouth, reduced appetite, and fatigue are some common side effects of Medical Cannabis. Medical Cannabis can take some time to adjust to the body. Staying hydrated helps manage these side effects effectively.
Is Medical Cannabis good for arthritis?
Medical Cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve pain in patients with arthritis. To use Medical Cannabis oil for arthritis:
1. Consume the oil sublingually. Place the recommended amount of oil drops under your tongue and let absorb for 30-45 seconds before swallowing. Effects should be visible in 5-20 minutes.
2. Massage Medical Cannabis oil gently over the aching joints. This method should show effects in 5-7 minutes.
How can CBD help me sleep?
Medical Cannabis is a relaxant that works to reduces stress and promotes a fulfilling, restful sleep. Medical Cannabis works with the body to reduce the time it takes for us to fall asleep. Also, by reducing stress and pain in the body, Medical Cannabis makes it easier for the body to rest and therefore supports a night of good sleep.
How long does Medical Cannabis take to work?
The time Medical Cannabis will take to show effects on the body depends on the method of consumption. There are 4 common ways to use Medical Cannabis:
Sublingual Consumption: placing the oil drops directly under the tongue letting them absorb for 30-45 seconds before swallowing. This is one of the most effective methods that show effects in 5-15 minutes.
Addition to Food or Edibles & Capsules: Adding Medical Cannabis oil to food and drink items or directly consuming CBD edibles or capsules takes up to 1 hour to show effect.
using Medical Cannabis oil or CBD-infused creams and balms to massage over the aching muscles and joints. This method is most suitable for managing localised pain and inflammation in the muscles and joints or on the skin. This method shows effects in 5-7 minutes.
Vaping or Smoking: The fastest method to experience the benefits of Medical Cannabis is through inhalation. When consumed through smoking or vaping, Medical Cannabis shows effects almost immediately within 1-2 minutes. However, please note that vaping is illegal in India.