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Does Marijuana have the same effect as prescription drugs?

Oct 23

 

The utilization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes is increasing around the globe. The health benefits that could be derived from marijuana are becoming more known and people are beginning to use it in place of prescription medications.

 

We need to know whether medical cannabis is safe and effective, as more states legalize marijuana and more people use it instead of pharmaceutical drugs.

 

Continue reading to find out everything you should be aware of regarding medical marijuana Missouri.

What exactly is marijuana and how does it function?

Marijuana is made from Cannabis sativa. It also contains hemp. Marijuana is a rich source of cannabinoids. The most prominent are:

 

THC is a stimulant for the brain and generates euphoria.

CBD is not a source of high, but it can provide a variety of other health benefits.

Hemp is very low in THC This is why it was allowed to be grown within the United States by the 2018 Farm Bill. The federal government is still considering marijuana to be a Schedule I controlled substance, however, state regulations differ. Medical cannabis is the term that refers to products made from hemp or marijuana that have different levels of THC and CBD.

What marijuana-based treatments have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

Three FDA-approved medications now include CBD or THC. These medications are not suitable for specific medical conditions including severe seizures, vomiting caused by chemotherapy, or significant weight loss due to HIV/AIDS.

 

  • Epidiolex is a CBD-derived substance from an plant that is approved to treat severe seizure disorders such as Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

  • Dronabinol (Marinol) is an artificial THC that is used to treat nausea, vomiting, and weight loss caused by chemotherapy or HIV.

  • Cesamet (Nabilone): This synthetic THC can also be employed to treat vomiting and nausea related to chemotherapy, and also for weight loss.

  • You can also try the nabiximols which are an oral spray that has both THC as well as CBD. It's used to treat muscular spasms, and pain that comes from multiple sclerosis. While it's not accepted for use in the United States, it is still being used in Canada, Mexico and a handful of European countries.

What are the conditions that marijuana could be utilized to treat?

 

Marijuana products are most typically employed to treat chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Cannabis users who are using it as an alternative to prescription medication are often seen using it in lieu of:

 

  • Hydrocodone (oxycodone), hydrocodone and morphine are all narcotic painkillers.

  • Anxiety medications such as clonazepam or lorazepam along with alprazolam are prescribed to alleviate anxiety.

  • Sertraline, trazodone, and bupropion are antidepressants.

 

Marijuana is becoming more popular to treat various ailments.

 

  • Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease

  • Anorexia nervosa is one of the forms of anorexia.

  • Epilepsy

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a form of multiple sclerosis, is a disorder that can be a problem for people.

  • Crohn's disease is a chronic digestive illness that causes inflammation and can be a problem for

  • Glaucoma

 

Many individuals are trying the product while scientists catch up on its safety and effectiveness. The results show that not all people require a prescription to use cannabis. According to one study, nearly 40% of those who took cannabis stopped using prescription medications. Why is this happening? It could be because of many reasons:

 

  • They may also have more belief in medical marijuana.

  • It's possible it'll be more effective than medications.

  • They could be more able to combat the side effects of cannabis.

  • They may believe it is safer.

  • It's possible that they believe it's less dependent.

  • They might discover that cannabis is much more easily available and easy to access.

  • It is possible that they can purchase cannabis at a lower cost.

  • They may not be eligible for conventional medical care.

Can marijuana be used to treat depression?

There is evidence to suggest the marijuana's CBD component could aid in treating depression. This could be due to changes in serotonin levels in the brain. The majority of trials involved animals. Further research is needed to determine the best dosage, strain, and formulation for humans.

 

Be aware that while marijuana can temporarily relieve depression symptoms temporarily, it's also possible that it can cause more severe depression.

Does marijuana help with anxiety?

Self-medicating anxiety is an increasingly popular use of marijuana, and specifically CBD. CBD could help alleviate anxiety-related symptoms in the short term, according to research, particularly in the case of social anxiety and public speaking.

 

Marijuana can, in certain situations, aid in the reduction of dependence on prescription medications such as benzodiazepines. A study revealed that more than half of those who had tried medical cannabis stopped taking prescription benzodiazepines when they were taken off.

 

Research is, once again very limited. It is important to keep in mind that marijuana's THC ingredient can actually make anxiety more severe. It is possible that marijuana may cause anxiety and mood changes.

Can marijuana be used as a treatment for an eating disorder?

Cannabis has been found in research studies to help with eating problems including anorexia. A study showed that Dronabinol can aid in weight gain and body discontent. Although dronabinol isn't approved for treating eating disorders, it's possible that marijuana's THC might have similar effects.

However, marijuana use could result in eating disorders. The appetite gets heightened when you use marijuana, and this can lead to binge eating disorders or bulimia in people who are suffering from a binge.

Can marijuana be used to treat insomnia?

A lot of people suffer from insomnia and use cannabis to help get their sleep. A study revealed that a large percentage of patients who had taken medicinal cannabis to aid in their rest were able to quit using prescribed sleep medication.

 

The evidence on marijuana's capacity to assist people in sleeping isn't conclusive. Marijuana could aid in sleep and lower the amount of time people wake up during the night. It could aid in the lessening of nightmares in people suffering from PTSD.

 

But, we're aware that it can slow eye movements, and there are concerns that it could eventually cause a decrease in quality sleep and disrupted sleep.

Can marijuana be used to alleviate the pain?

In certain situations, marijuana could be effective in providing pain relief. Many people utilize cannabis products as a replacement for opioids. While it may not be beneficial for acute pain such as those that occur after surgery, studies suggest that it may be beneficial for chronic pain, and in particular nerve pain.

 

One study discovered that half of those who had been dependent on opioids for chronic pain were able to stop using them and that one-third could cut down on the use of opioids. In states that legalize medical cannabis, the use of opioids has diminished.

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