The dried parts of the Cannabis sativa plant are used to make medical marijuana. For millennia, people have used it as a herbal remedy, and it is still used today to relieve symptoms and cure a variety of diseases. The FDA, the U.S. agency that regulates medicines, has approved one cannabis-derived drug product cannabidiol to treat certain seizure disorders. Even it is now legal in India too.
Based on whom you talk to, medical marijuana can be a panacea for everything from cancer, to chronic pain, to epilepsy or is a dangerous and illegal drug with no place in medicine. Here are some quick facts that you should know -
- What works for one patient may not work for you
It's possible that the difference is due to the weed, but patients often respond to drugs differently depending on their age, ethnicity, gender, genetics, and other factors. (The Food and Drug Administration takes many of these factors into account when testing legal drugs.)
- All pot is not same
Every marijuana strain has a unique balance of cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds unique to marijuana and some of which have medicinal value. THC, which gets people high, and CBD, which counteracts THC's effects and is thought to avoid muscle spasms and seizures, are the two most common.
- Marijuana should be free of contaminants
Patients with a weakened or impaired immune system can ensure that their marijuana is free of pollutants such as heavy metals, mildew, and pesticides before using it. In Massachusetts, dispensaries will be allowed to test their goods for these pollutants.
- Quantity should be figured out
You'll need to figure out how much to take once you've found a strain with the right combination of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. In Massachusetts, doses will be determined by dispensaries. Since the study is minimal, these guidelines may or may not be based on empirical research.
- There are various ways to ingest marijuana
You can smoke it, vaporize it, eat it in packaged foods, make your own cookies or sauces with it, or drink it as a condensed liquid. Dispensaries in this state would be forced to make all marijuana-infused items they sell. Outside of a dispensary, products may not have been checked and may not be legal.
- How you ingest marijuana can influence how frequently you take or use it.
The effects of smoking or vaporizing are immediate, but they don't last as long as the effects of eating cookies, which are delayed by digestion but last longer. If you don't notice anything after a few bites of a marijuana-infused cookie, wait at least one hour before eating more to prevent overdoing it.
- How you store your marijuana can affect the potency
Heat, according to some patients, degrades the potency of tinctures and food items, so they advise keeping them refrigerated. Expiration dates will be required by the state, but the science used to determine these dates may differ from one dispensary to the next.