Holistic Health

Medicinal Cannabis 101

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Medical News Today states, " According to the National Institute of Health, people have used marijuana, or cannabis, to treat their ailments for at least 3,000 years.

If you aren't familiar with medical cannabis by now, then it's time to get acquainted. Cannabis has a long list of uses, from building materials, clothing, rope, and paper made from its fibrous stalks to the medicinal uses for its roots, leaves, and flowers. The seeds are also often used for fuel oil and food. 

The flowers and leaves can be consumed in a variety of ways, we'll discuss application methods in deeper detail later. For now, we'll simply highlight that it's available loose, concentrated, or pressed resin. Once the leaves of the plant mature, the flowers are heavily coated terpenes and cannabinoids. It is this that produces the psychoactive and physical effects that cannabis is famous for. 

There are over 100 different cannabinoids. They bind to receptors in your brain to trigger the effects we know it for and react with the body's endocannabinoid system. The cannabinoids we are most familiar with are CBD and THC. The former is the non-psychoactive compound, while THC is the psychoactive compound. CBD offers those looking for relief, but no high, an option to find help with their issues.

The use of cannabis for its healing properties is ancient history, references to its therapeutic use date back to ancient China where cannabis was used as a medication to balance the body. It was in 1854 that cannabis entered the US Pharmacopoeia.

We have a far greater understanding today of cannabis and its potential for healing. In the United States, research of the plant is restricted due its classification. However, there is a range of studies from all over the world highlighting just how powerful cannabis can be in the healing process. 

According to the Washington Post, "A 2013 survey in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nearly 8-in-10 doctors approved the use of medical marijuana. Now, a wide-ranging survey in California finds that medical marijuana patients agree: 92 percent said that medical marijuana alleviated symptoms of their serious medical conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, migraine, and cancer. The data come from the California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a representative health survey of 7,525 California adults produced by the Public Health Institute in partnership with the CDC. Researchers found that in total, five percent of California adults said they had used medical marijuana for a " "serious medical condition."

Marijuana Statistics

Here are some interesting facts about marijuana use in America. 

  • Number of Legally Registered Medical Marijuana Patients In The United States as of 2020: 224, 887, 997
  • US Medicinal Marijuana sales in 2019: $5.2 billion
  • Expected Market Growth by 2025: $23 billion

Legal marijuana sales are forecasted to increase steadily with each consecutive year. 

There is wide range of health benefits to medical cannabis, we'll touch on them more after we discuss the different strains of cannabis that you can choose from.

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