Marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Despite the many debates surrounding its use, medical marijuana offers numerous potential health benefits and is now legally available in many states. This article will explore the various uses of medical marijuana and how it can be beneficial for those suffering from certain conditions or illnesses.
Keep reading to learn more.
History of Marijuana Use
Marijuana has been used for thousands of years as a herbal remedy to alleviate the symptoms of various illnesses and diseases. The earliest recorded use of marijuana dates back to 2737 BC, when Chinese Emperor Shen Nung prescribed it as a treatment for gout, rheumatism, malaria, and other ailments. By the 1800s, marijuana had spread to other parts of the world, including Europe and North America. It was widely used for medical purposes until the early 20th century, when it was made illegal in many jurisdictions.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence in interest in using marijuana for medical purposes and various nations have legalized its use. Currently, more than 30 countries have legalized medical marijuana, including Canada, the United States, Australia and several European nations.
What Can Medical Marijuana Help Treat?
Medical marijuana is used to relieve symptoms associated with a variety of conditions and diseases. These include the symptoms of chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, and more. In some cases, medical marijuana has been shown to be more effective than traditional medications.
Forms of Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana is available in a variety of forms and can be consumed orally, inhaled or applied topically. Depending on the condition being treated, different forms of medical marijuana may be used. For instance, marijuana oil or tinctures may be used for conditions that require a slower onset than inhalation, such as nerve pain or anxiety. Patients can also access products such as edibles, balms, and, of course, medical marijuana flower.
How to Access Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana is a form of treatment that has been gaining acceptance in the medical community due to its potential to alleviate symptoms of numerous medical conditions. Accessing medical marijuana can, however, still pose some hurdles depending on where you live. In general, getting medical marijuana and using it legally requires obtaining the appropriate prescriptions and permits from state or local authorities.
For people in the United States, it is important to note that marijuana is still considered illegal on a federal level. As of 2020, 37 states plus Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have passed legislation allowing its use as a medical treatment. Qualifying patients must obtain a valid medical marijuana card from the appropriate state agency in order to access cannabis legally.
In most states, a patient must be certified by their doctor as having one of many specific conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. Each state has its own list of qualifying conditions.
Contact ReThink-Rx today to learn more about how to obtain medical marijuana.
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