Marijuana as a substitute for prescription drugs
Yesterday on CBS Sunday Morning, there was a segment about medical marijuana and the spotlight was on a retired school principal. She told her story about how she condoned the use of marijuana for years until her body began to age. With aging came prescriptions for various drugs to help with cholesterol, arthritis, insomnia, and on and on. With pharmaceutical drugs came side effects. She explored the organic world of marijuana as a way to stay healthy without pain or pills.
The focus of the program made me go online and look up various plants to learn more about their medicinal properties. Marijuana also known as cannabis has just a spattering of official research behind it because in 1970 the drug was labeled illegal making research hard to do. Findings over the past twenty years have proved otherwise as people with multiple sclerosis had less painful muscle spasms and people with seizures suffer less frequently and less intensely when they use cannabis to gain control again.
I learned that with marijuana there are two specific stains, Indica and Sativa. The indica strain’s properties lean toward reducing stress and relaxation and is used to help people with sleep, pain, nausea, appetite issues, and anxiety. The sativa strain is more uplifting and energizing. Most of the time the strains are blended and referred to as hybrids.
The medicinal marijuana stores have ‘Budtenders’ who can direct you to the right herb once they know your symptoms. Are you dealing with cancer and having trouble with pain and nausea? They might suggest you use Girl Scout Cookie strain. Budtenders take their jobs seriously, get pain well and are very knowledgeable about the products they sell.
Other strains with cool names like Bubbleioush, Kush, Grape Ape, and Blueberry are often suggested for insomnia or to reduce the intensity of migraine headaches. There are so many plants that can be used for various ailments. They can be smoked or eaten or rubbed on the skin as a topical soother.
The thing I love when I read about marijuana use for ailments is this product is natural with little to no side effects. A dear friend of mine recently purchased a prescription pain pill for dental work and reviewed the document that listed the possible side effects. The list was really long and scary.
Some of the items on the list were: dizziness, nausea, feeling faint, feeling weak, itching, dry mouth, excessive sweating, indigestion, stomach cramps, head pain, fever, liver failure, blot clots … I kid you not! These are just a handful of the 30 or so things that can happen to you if you take the pain pill.
If you ingest marijuana, you’ll most likely get relaxed and just that reaction alone can make a headache go away, lessen the impact of a seizure, calm a migraine, stimulate an appetite, and allow sleep to occur. If you are a person who with a chronic illness, the novelty of finding relief that is not a pill or injection is going to be the best answer of all.
More cannabis information to come…
More learning about marijuana to follow in the next posting. Stay tuned!