Marijuana has finally been legalized in more states in the United States of America, including New Jersey. The medical benefits of marijuana have been common knowledge for quite a long time now but since it has been popularized as a recreational drug, many people tend to overlook the medical benefits.
How Can We Purchase Marijuana in New Jersey?
Even though Marijuana has been legalized for medical use and decriminalized almost completely, it is not readily available in dispensaries. First of all, you have to obtain a medical marijuana card which will enable you to buy marijuana freely. You can only get the card if a licensed cannabis doctor in the area certifies that you are eligible for one.
Other than that, you will have to wait for cannabis-related businesses to set their stronghold legally in New Jersey and for more marijuana pharmacies to open up in the city. Only then will marijuana be readily available. For now, you have to get your card made and find a reliable dispensary where you can get your marijuana.
THC vs. CBD
All kinds of marijuana consist of two main compounds in different compositions. These are THC or tetrahydrocannabinol or CBD which is cannabidiol. THC is an extremely potent compound that is responsible for the high that marijuana is known for inducing. There are little to no medical benefits of THC and strains of marijuana that contain more THC than CBD are more for recreational purposes.
CBD, on the other hand, is the more medically potent compound in marijuana. When doctors prescribe medical marijuana to their patients they usually ask for strains that consist of more CBD instead of THC.CBD has very few intoxicating properties and is mostly useful for treating medical conditions such as insomnia and relieving symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy.
Medical Uses of Marijuana
Now that we have determined how marijuana is useful for medical purposes, let us look at some of the ailments it is actually useful for:
CBD-heavy marijuana strains are widely prescribed for chronic pains of all kinds. Randomized clinical trials have also shown promising results regarding the use of marijuana and chronic pain. These pains can stem from different illnesses, such as arthritis or neuropathy. Many kinds of treatments can also cause debilitating pains and this includes chemotherapy, the pain of which can be significantly reduced with the help of medical marijuana.
Some studies have also shown that the use of marijuana can be helpful for rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Studies have shown that nearly 80% of patients with arthritis were soothed after a dose of medical marijuana.
Cancer and Chemotherapy
Medical marijuana is prescribed very often for cancers and especially chemotherapy. Most types of malignant tumors are debilitating and extremely painful. The pain caused by these cancers can only be relieved with the help of potent painkillers and drugs such as marijuana.
On the other hand, there are crippling side effects to chemotherapy as well which marijuana can greatly help with. These side effects include loss of appetite, nausea, pain, and weight loss. Marijuana can help with the pain and along with that, it increases the user’s appetite significantly as well. Chemotherapy also causes hair and tooth loss which can be a cause of depression and social anxiety for the patient, which can both be eased out of with the help of medical marijuana too.
Marijuana has been known to help with anxiety for the longest time. CBD heavy strains of marijuana cause a soothing effect on the mind and body. They also help with sleep if the person’s anxiety is a cause of insomnia for them as well. Even if the marijuana strain does not cause a significant high, it can help in relieving anxiety.
However, keep in mind that THC-heavy strains of marijuana may cause a bit of anxiety and paranoia in the user, especially if they are not experienced users of the substance. So if you do suffer from generalized anxiety, try to go for the high-CBD strains that do not cause you to be significantly high.
Insomnia is another ailment that marijuana users can benefit from greatly. More than 80% of marijuana users have claimed to sleep better after using it. This is mainly true for CBD-heavy marijuana users though. CBD causes the mind and body to be in a relaxed state which helps the person sleep better through the night. Insomnia in people with generalized anxiety can also be relieved with the help of medical marijuana.
Just like anxiety, insomniacs have to be careful when selecting the strain of marijuana. When picking out a strain, if it consists of too much THC or if it is too potent, it may cause you to be more alert or awake which can worsen the effects of your insomnia.
Depression and Other Mental Health Disorders
Marijuana is by no means a treatment for any mental health disorder. Once the effects of the drug wear off, the effects of your problem will likely return. However, while you are in the moment, you may no longer feel depressed or haunted by the effects of your problem. It can act as a pain killer for your mental illness.
So if you are ever feeling more depressed than usual, you may want to take a hit of your favorite strain of marijuana and feel just good enough to make it through the day.
The legalization of medical marijuana could change medicine in the USA as we know it. People will be using marijuana more freely than ever and we may see the benefits of marijuana for other ailments surfacing soon as well.
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