Medical Marijuana Blog and Information
For hundreds of years, it has been well documented that users of marijuana have experienced an increased appetite after using cannabis; the same holds true for medical marijuana (MJ). This is commonly called the “munchies”. So the key question both in the scientific and social studies field has been Why Does MJ Allow you to eat more?
There have been several attempts to conduct some scientific research so as to fully understand the relationship between the use of cannabis and the sudden increase in appetite. Some of the first studies carried out in the 1970s did notice that indeed there was a correlation between the use of cannabis and the craving for sweet food in particular.
Marijuana refers to a drug derived from Cannabis Sativa. Most users of this drug fold the drug to be like a cigarette using the seeds, flowers, leaves and stems, though it can be ingested in many other ways, for instance, by boiling it with tea. The main chemical in marijuana is THC. This is what causes its mind-altering effects. Recent studies have shown that marijuana is among the most commonly used illegal drugs in the world. Leading health institutions have determined that the continuous use of marijuana can lead to chronic and acute effects on the health of the user. The following are some of the side effects of marijuana.
Marijuana is a complicated drug. Unlike prescription medication which usually contains a single active ingredient in known quantities, marijuana has a mixture of active ingredients in different proportions depending on the strain. This shouldn’t be seen as a weakness necessarily, just a complicating factor. When we talk about marijuana we’re really discussing a handful of active compounds, called cannabinoids, each one with distinct effects and health benefits.
One such cannabinoid, called cannabidiol or CBD, has potent, well-documented health properties. Interestingly, purified CBD alone doesn’t cause intoxication which makes it uniquely suited to be adapted into prescriptions drugs. CBD actually inhibits the psychological effect of it’s better-known cousin THC, which has led researchers to explore it’s use as a treatment for schizophrenia as well as depression. However, where CBD has recently gotten the most attention if for the treatment of cancer. Studies done by the California Pacific Medical Center in 2007 indicate that CBD may be useful in controlling the spread of metastatic breast cancer. It’s thought that CBD is able to turn off a gene known as ID1 which is partially responsible for the spread of cancer.
There’s no question that if marijuana wasn’t the controversial drug it is, questions about its medical use would be left entirely to doctors and other experts. But instead, politics is interwoven with drug war and doctors who choose to get involved with medical marijuana face potentially serious implications. Government seems committed to maximize fear and uncertainty equally among individuals who use the drug recreationally as well as those who use it specifically for medical reasons.
But it doesn’t have to be this way: scientific and alternative medical texts dating back hundreds of years have revealed time and again, the value and medicinal properties contained in marijuana. Recent medical studies sponsored by the U.S. government have demonstrated that marijuana reduces nausea and pain among patients suffering long-term conditions, and more so among patients undergoing chemotherapy. The passage of California and Arizona referenda legalizing the possession and use of marijuana for “compassionate medical” reasons has led to nationwide debates about marijuana and what most anti-drug organizations call a unique niche of supporters. One side of the argument cites that medical marijuana is a folk medicine that administrative apathy and misinformed industrial influences are keeping away from the needy public.