The Science Behind The Medicinal Use Of Marijuana

Science Behind Marijuana

Science Behind Marijuana – Marijuana, a plant-based drug that was earlier discredited, is now gaining more limelight than ever, and this time for Medicinal uses. And the benefits of marijuana are now becoming popular among its users for its good purposes. So how does Marijuana work? Let’s find out the science behind Marijuana.

Medical Marijuana| How does it work?

If you have heard about marijuana and its medical usage, these days might have also come across the term Cannabinoids. To know more about the science behind the medical benefits of Marijuana, one must have a thorough knowledge of cannabis and terms related to cannabis. CBD or Cannabidiol is the substance located in the internal gland of the cannabis plant. The main characteristic of CBD is that it is therapeutic. CBD is also a cannabinoid, meaning it works by binding to cannabinoid receptors of human cells.
These receptors are usually found in the central nervous system; the rest are found in different parts of our body, like the digestive, urinary tract, reproductive organs, etc. 

Using cannabis unlocks the cannabinoid receptors of the cell. These receptors come together to form a network in our body; this network of receptors controls integral functions like sleep patterns, mood, pain perceptions, motor control, immune system, fertility, and many more. This network of receptors is called Endocannabinoid System.

Medicinal Marijuana| What is Science’s take on its usage?

Now there has been a constant cat-and-mouse fight between scientists in favor and against the direct usage of cannabis as a medicine. But the majority of reports claim that the chemical derived from the cannabis plants is more effective and have more therapeutic benefit than the direct usage of the entire marijuana plant or its key extracts for making pharmaceuticals. 

The claims of those scientists not in favor of using cannabis as medicine also makes sense, as one of their main concern is the amount of drug being consumed by a user that is made in botanicals. Since there is no scale for testing how much drug a particular strand of that plant contains. Not only the inaccuracy of doses but the existence of other harmful chemicals present in the plant also is a concern. 

Another major concern of the scientists is that there have been only a few studies done on the after-effects of cannabis on people from different age groups, pregnant women, people carrying AIDS, and other cardiovascular diseases. Further research is needed to clarify if the use of medical cannabis can have negative effects on people whose health has already been harmed by an illness or its treatment (such as chemotherapy).

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What health benefits does the usage of medical marijuana yield?

Generally, in the state’s marijuana is legal, doctors prescribe their patients the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of over two dozen conditions, which include:

  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain relief in certain types of cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Loss of appetite

Multiple studies have been conducted to help know the changes in a patient using medicinal marijuana. And according to a recent discovery, the people who used medical marijuana to treat their sleep cycle, stress, pain, and anxiety were around 35.1 percent in the state of Washington.

Conclusion : Science behind Medical Marijuana 

So one of the most basic ways to conduct a study of your own to know more about the pros and cons of marijuana is to check the usage records of patients a certified practitioner already prescribes. However, before consuming any cannabis for any reason, one must consult a doctor before indulging in any related activity. 

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