How is Marijuana Used As Medicine?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of receptors located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous system. The ECS is involved in variety of physiological processes like appetite, pain-sensation, memory, and mood. Your body already makes marijuana-like chemicals that affect pain, inflammation, and many other processes. Marijuana can sometimes help those natural chemicals work better, says Laura Borgelt, PharmD, of the University of Colorado. Marijuana is made up of a variety of chemicals called Cannabinoids. Most people know of the cannabinoid THC which the FDA has approved THC, a key ingredient in marijuana, by prescription in the form of Marinol and Cesamet to treat nausea and improve appetite. CBD is a different cannabinoid found in Cannabis that does not affect the mind or behavior. It may be useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and possibly even treating mental illness and addictions. The FDA requires carefully conducted clinical trial studies in hundreds to thousands of human subjects to determine the benefits and risks of a possible medication. So far, because of the illegality of the drug in the past, researchers have not conducted enough large-scale clinical trials to prove its medical value that show the benefits of the marijuana plant. Nonetheless, most researchers see proof of its medical value because of the hundreds of thousands of Medical Marijuana patients that are benefitting from Cannabis. If you or someone you know are suffering from chronic pain, headaches, migraines, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Glaucoma, or many other medical conditions stop by one of our locations so we can find you a natural alternative that won’t make you feel groggy or nauseas and might give you a new lease on life.

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