Times are indeed changing. It has become almost run-of-the-mill for someone to pull out a medical marijuana card for anything from anxiety to headaches. This newfound miracle treatment, which has been praised by some of the most conventional of people, doctors and laymen alike, religious and not, is not new at all. Some doctors prescribe pot as an alternative to opioids, perhaps saving many lives in the process. Given the increasing legalization of marijuana and a decreasing stigma regarding its use, it is now being used in several different and surprising ways.
For the nausea and pain that cancer patients experience, cannabidiol, commonly knowns as CBD, works the best for many people. There is a belief by some that tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, will kill some cancer cells or at least slow down their growth. Marijuana strains that are higher in CBD tend to be more beneficial for some types of anxiety common in people in the throes of cancer whereas the strains with a higher level of THC tend to be better for appetite loss. As with conventional medication, several people can react to a prescription totally differently. The same can be said of using marijuana for health issues. Of the main types of marijuana, some are better suited for people dealing with sleep problems, and others are better for pain. There is no one right answer for everyone, though. Luckily, with so many types of marijuana being readily available, it’s just a matter of trial and error.
Sleep centers often employ respiratory therapists who are trained to monitor a variety of things, both related to sleep and beyond. They can help an anxious patient fall asleep with the use of a combination of marijuana strains high in CBD and THC. Some respiratory therapist schooling often includes classes on how to incorporate marijuana in patients’ treatment. The best treatment for a patient can be achieved when the respiratory therapist and physician share the same belief system when it comes to using marijuana in their medical for dealing with sleep problems.
Another industry that has been experimenting with the medical use of marijuana is psychiatry, especially therapy for veterans who are returning from combat zones. The chemical compounds, or cannabinoids, found in marijuana, CBD and THC, stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system, which are neurotransmitters, causing its function to improve. By activating specific receptors in the endocannabinoid system, CBD and THC can cause the system to promote pleasure, memory and happiness. The use of medical marijuana for treating PTSD could cut back on people taking potentially dangerous prescription medications and/or antidepressants, which have proved to be ineffective.
Marijuana has been used medicinally for many different conditions going back more than 4,000 years. Historically, Western medicine has been slow to realize that there is more to treating patients than prescribing pill after pill. With more states legalizing medical marijuana and more patients benefiting from it in different forms, it is believable that one day everyone will have the option of being treated with pot.