The sale and use of medical marijuana is a hot button issue for many states. Places such as California, Colorado and recently New York have medical marijuana programs already implemented with laws and practices regulating sales and usage. And there are bills in other states that have passed but have not been enacted into laws yet. There are many people who are against the use of the green plant for any reason at all. However, patients who are suffering from certain types of illnesses believe that it helps them feel better. For example, many people who have been diagnosed with cancer undergo chemo and radiation therapy – two things that often lead to nausea and vomiting. The resulting weight loss isn’t healthy on the body – but it can often be reversed or slowed down with the aid of the green plant that’s at the heart of so much debate.
Cannabis also has other uses – it isn’t just for jumpstarting appetites. Its many uses include stress relief, aid in sleeping, and just overall relaxation. And for people who have been diagnosed with a serious illness or disease, that’s exactly what is needed. Dissenters often bring up some of the health detriments associated with smoking cannabis – but for a person who has a terminal illness, those risks often outweigh the benefits. After all, the damage from cannabis doesn’t happen overnight.
Some people might have problems smoking cannabis. However, there are ways to get it into your body without lighting up. One of the most common ways is to ingest it. People can make oils with it or infuse it into butter. Many people find that making some of their favorite foods with ingredients derived from cannabis can help them enjoy food again. Making edibles is a good alternative to smoking it, especially for people who have never tried it. Another method involves vaporizing it. Vaporizers heat up the plant enough to release the THC, which can be inhaled.
One of the things that users must keep in mind is that federal laws often differ from what states allow. Be sure to check with your state – and find a reputable doctor who will give you a prescription and dispense it according to your state’s guidelines. If not, you could face fines or jail time.
The future of using cannabis to treat symptoms due to illness is always evolving. And although many people believe that it will decrease stress and has its purpose, there are still plenty of people against it – but hopefully those in power will see that it can be very beneficial.