There are a lot of controversies that surrounded this drug right from its inception in the beginning. There is still an outright ban on it in some countries up to this present moment.
The discovery by medical scientists that it can be useful in the treatment of some ailments is the reason why medical cannabis has gained acceptance in some developed countries of the world. The mere mention of cannabis in some quarters up to today invokes the remembrance of Marijuana and with it everything bad.
What Is Cannabis?
It goes by several scientific names. Cannabis sativa called hemp and it belongs to the Cannabinaceae family. It contains a chemical compound THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). This chemical compound is responsible for the psychoactive effects of Cannabis.
How Can It Be Used?
There are various options for the use of cannabis. We shall be considered first, the general uses of it before we take it further on to the medicinal uses.
The Dried Leaves
The dried flowers and leaves of the plant which are also referred to as marijuana can be utilized in various forms. It can be smoked through any preferred means. Alternatively, some people prefer to take it with food orally that is baked in cookies.
The Resinous Secretions Of The Plant
This section of the plant is also known as hashish. It is either eaten raw or smoked.
The fiber of this plant is produced as industrial hemp which finds its use in the textile manufacturing companies.
This substance is classified under the category of a schedule 1. Research has resulted in the development and now marketing of the following gotten from marijuana:
It is used in the control of the following medical conditions: nausea and vomiting; used in the treatment of cancer; to stimulate appetite in AIDS patients.
It is used to control nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapeutic agents
For patients, there are eight medical conditions for which they can be permitted to use cannabis. The list includes all of the following:
- The Cancer patients.
- Those diagnosed with Glaucoma
- HIV/AIDS patients
- Those that are suffering from the fit of Muscle spasms
- People that suffer from Seizures
- Those that fall into the category of people that suffer Severe pain
- In cases of severe nausea
- Cachexia also meaning dramatic weight loss.
- People affected by muscle atrophy also known as wasting syndrome.
The above medical conditions are the ones medically allowed to take this substance; Anything outside the list above is a contravention of the laws.
Do not drive under the influence of this substance.
Do not drink alcohol alongside this substance.
Do not use during pregnancy or when you are preparing for pregnancy.
Do not use this substance while breastfeeding a baby.
The above should serve as a guide towards the proper use of cannabis.