Understanding Marijuana as a Medicinal Plant

MARIJUANA- A Curative Herb

MARIJUANA can be used as a medicinal plant to decrease chronic pain, combat epileptic seizures and it is useful in treating various diseases like Hett syndrome, Alzheimer’s, depression and multiple sclerosis. Furthermore, Cannabis may also be used for other purposes, such as to reduce the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in patients with cancer.

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a slang term used for CANNABIS. The scientific name of Marijuana is Cannabis sativa and this plant should only be consumed in the form of medicine, prescribed by the doctor. Marijuana is the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The plant contains a chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) and other related compounds, as a result, can be used as a medicinal plant.

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Benefits of Marijuana

  • Marijuana can give relief from strong and chronic pain.It helps in the treatment of various problems and diseases such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, pain, glaucoma, Tourette’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, anorexia and weakness and extreme fatigue in patients with AIDS.
  • The doctor may indicate the use of marijuana because of its analgesic action, which reduces nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms and also calms giving sedative relaxation.
  • Moreover, the therapeutic effect of medical marijuana due to the active ingredients of marijuana, especially Cannabidiol. When used in accordance with medical advice and approval of Anvisa, it operates in the central nervous system and helps in the treatment of diseases such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy or anxiety. Hence, providing an mind altering effect.

Consumption Of Marijuana or Cannabis

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Medicinal cannabis can only be consumed in the form of medicine. As in case of cannabidiol, which can be used only on prescription. Although it is not possible to buy this medicine, but you can get the permission of Anvisa for its use.

  • It can be mixed in food (edibles), such as brownies, cookies, candy, or brewed as tea.
  • You can also use cannabis oil.
  • A newly popular method of using it is smoking it like a cigarette or eating different forms of THC-rich resins.

Side Effects of Marijuana

When it is used as a form of drug, the side effects are mild and there is no risk of chemical dependence. But, despite the apparent benefits, use of marijuana as a medicinal plant can cause side effects listed below:

  • Increased risk of schizophrenia,
  • Chronic psychotic problems,
  • Insomnia,
  • Personality disorder,
  • Delirium,
  • Memory impairment,
  • Difficulty in learning,
  • Anxiety,
  • Depression,
  • Mental confusion and irritability.

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Contraindications

Marijuana is contraindicated for

  • pregnant women
  • breastfeeding women and
  • patients with cardiovascular and respiratory or some psychiatric disease.

In conclusion, the CANNABIS or MARIJUANA is a health-giving drug. Its therapeutic use is a life saving strategy.

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