Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the ingredient in pot that makes a person feel high. However, THC has significant medical impact, especially when combined with cannabinoids, flavonoids and medical terpenes — the real medicinal parts of the marijuana plant.
Cannabinoids have a huge impact on dulling pain and our bodies have cannabinoid receptors which occur naturally in human cells. Depending on your particular situation, you may need lower or higher levels of THC added to your prescription for full pain relief.
If it works so well to naturally relieve pain, why isn’t medical cannabis legal in every state?
The main reason is there is a paradoxical situation wherein the U.S.federal government has a patent for CBD, calling it a neuroprotectant and an antioxidant. At the same time, the federal government, through the US Drug Enforcement Administration, classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. This classification makes it illegal and deems it as having no accepted medical use.
Obviously, this presents quite the conundrum! Our own government believes in the efficacy of marijuana while also making it illegal! Because of this, it’s hard for researchers to obtain funding to conduct tests on medical cannabis. Even so, many studies have been conducted and even the Journal of Pain, the American Pain Society’s publication, has published studies about the pain relieving effects of medical marijuana.
So, as you can see, medical marijuana has been a huge political football. And this is a shame, considering the fact that so many people are getting the pain relief they desperately need from this 100% natural remedy.
Many conservative states have refused to legalize marijuana even for medical purposes while many have legalized weed for both recreational and medical use. In New York, where Dr. Jahan Chaudhry is authorized to prescribe medical cannabis for natural pain relief for qualifying conditions, only medical marijuana is legal at present.
How prevalent is medical marijuana usage in the United States?
It’s been in the news a considerable amount the last few years, however, there’s nothing new about the efficacy of medicinal cannabis for treating chronic pain. In fact, it’s legal in 29 states under specific medical circumstances and in nine states plus DC or recreational use.
Marijuana remains illegal on the federal level.
Is it true that medical cannabis may be helpful in treating seizure disorders?
For more than 80 years, medical cannabis has helped people who suffer from drug-resistant seizure disorders. The American Academy of Pediatrics includes the treatment in its policy statement.
What other diseases may be favorably impacted by medical marijuana?
Many autoimmune diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis, can be successfully managed with medicinal marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Further, researchers have done considerable work to show that CBD oil may protect the brains of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease or the side effects of stroke.
Don’t wait any longer to find out if the healing properties of medical marijuana can help you return to a pain free life. Contact the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center to schedule an appointment now.