Medical Marijuana 101

Master Grower Working On BaM Quality Medical Marijuana, Las Vegas, NevadaWhat is medical marijuana (or cannabis)?
Medical marijuana, or medical cannabis, refers to using cannabis and its cannabinoids to treat disease or improve symptoms.

What is the difference between medical marijuana and regular marijuana?
The primary difference between medical grade marijuana and regular marijuana is that medical grade marijuana is grown in a controlled facility, monitored by the state. Medical grade marijuana undergoes testing to ensure quality control. Medical grade marijuana is sold with labeling denoting the strain and amount of THC.

 

What are some specific conditions for which marijuana is known to be beneficial?
Here are some specific conditions for which cannabis or marijuana is known to be beneficial, for reducing symptoms associated with:

• Pain
• Nausea & Appetite Enhancement
• Neurological Problems
• Multiple Sclerosis & Spastic Disorders
• HIV/AIDS

What are some other potential benefits of medicinal cannabinoids?
Some additional potential benefits of medicinal cannabinoids:

• Anti-Tumor Properties
• Diabetes
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Does the use of medical marijuana or the cannabis plant have a long history?
Yes. The cannabis plant has a long history of medicinal use, dating back thousands of years across numerous cultures.  There appears to be a building wave of scientific research that supports using marijuana medically.

Did they use medical marijuana in the old days?
According to DrugPolicy.Org,  “Marijuana was a well-established medicine until it was federally criminalized in 1937.”

What states in America have legalized medical marijuana?
As of January 2016, 23 states, as well as Washington, D.C., have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, NEVADA, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

So nearly half of America has legalized medical marijuana?
Yes, nearly half of America has now legalized medical marijuana. This large amount of legislation demonstrates a strong paradigm shift in how our culture and government view medical marijuana.

Do medical marijuana laws vary from state to state?
Yes, some medical marijuana laws are broader than others. Types of medical conditions that allow for treatment vary from state to state.

What do the proponents of medical marijuana say?
According to ProCon.Org, “Proponents of medical marijuana argue that it can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions. They cite dozens of peer-reviewed studies, prominent medical organizations, major government reports, and the use of marijuana as medicine throughout world history.”

How can medical marijuana be administered?
According to Wikipedia, “Medical cannabis can be administered using a variety of methods, including vaporing or smoking dried buds, eating extracts, taking capsules or using oral sprays. Synthetic cannabinoids are available as prescription drugs in some countries; examples include: dronabinol and nabilone.”

What do many medical marijuana users seek? And what brand delivers what they seek?
We’ve talked with hundreds of medical marijuana users.  One thing we hear again and again is that people want just the balance of body and mind benefits.  That’s why we developed a variety of BaM quality marijuana products – to let you choose the perfect balance of body and mind for just the experience you want.

What are the main differences between THC and CBD?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the two primary active ingredients in the marijuana plant. Both THC and CBD belong to a unique class of compounds known as cannabinoids.

While many strains of marijuana are known for having abundant levels of THC, high-CBD strains are less common. However, CBD has recently garnered attention from the medical community. Let us examine the differences.

1) Psychoactive Effects — THC is perhaps best known for being the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. CBD, however, is non-psychoactive. In short, CBD can’t get you high. While some recreational users may find this disappointing, this unique feature of CBD makes it very appealing as a medicine.

2) Sleep — One of the most common uses of marijuana is as a sleep aid. THC is believed to be responsible for most of marijuana’s sleep-inducing effects. On the flip side, studies suggest CBD acts to promote wakefulness, making CBD a poor choice as sleep medicine. Thus some strains of cannabis may make users feel drowsy, while others may boost energy.

3) Balancing Effect — CBD appears to help smooth out and balance the effects of THC.  While THC can give a “hazy” and “sleepy” high, CBD tends to promote clarity and alertness.  CBD also helps blunt the anxiety some people feel with high THC strains of marijuana.

What are the general benefits to CBD strains?
There appear to be numerous benefits to CBD strains, especially for those patients and users who seek little to no THC.

  • Non-psychoactive (doesn’t get you “high”)
  • Relieves chronic pain and inflammation
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Promotes energy and wakefulness
  • Has been used to treat young children with various ailments
  • Being tested as anti-psychotic medicine for people with schizophrenia
  • Shown to reduce seizures in some cases

 

Sources & Further Reading:

DrugPolicy.org, Medical Marijuana

NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws)

Wikipedia, Medical Marijuana

NCSL, National Conference of State Legislatures, Medical Marijuana

ProCon.org, Medical Marijuana

NIH (National Institute of Drug Abuse), Medical Marijuana