Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana – Cannabis 101

medical cannabis BendFor the past century, marijuana has been a taboo word in America. Thousands have been jailed for the distribution and use of marijuana, and countless initiatives have been enacted to curb use and educate citizens of its dangers, most of which were completely fabricated.

Over the past decade, citizens, government officials, and doctors have been educated on the many health benefits of medical cannabis and the cannabis plant. As of 2019, several states have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, many states have legalized recreational cannabis bend use, and any cannabis product that contains less than 0.3% THC – the intoxicating chemical found within the plant – is legal countrywide. Doctors, scientists, and patients are now experimenting with the health benefits of medical cannabis.

How To Legally Buy Marijuana

If you live in a state where medical marijuana has been legalized, you can visit a medical dispensary  and learn more about different strands, but even if you don’t, you can still legally purchase any marijuana product that contains less than 0.3% THC. This means all CBD products are legal for purchase across the country, and they, too, provide a variety of health benefits. Let’s take a look at some of them.

THC Health Benefits

Let’s start with the traditional definition of marijuana – the flowery bud that is rolled into cigarettes and smoked or vaporized through a specific device. The most popular reason for consuming marijuana in this fashion is for its THC – Tetrahydrocannabinol – which is the compound within the plant that gives users a “high” feeling. Although this is mostly used for recreation purposes, THC consumption also has several medicinal purposes, including, but not limited to pain and stress relief, treating insomnia, and triggering appetite.

People who suffer from Crohn’s Disease, for example, have a difficult time finding an appetite that isn’t painful, therefore, marijuana consumption can trigger what some people call, “the munchies.” This hunger helps patients eat when they were previously unable to. THC also helps relieve stress and induce sleep, which is extremely valuable to people who suffer from stress or insomnia.

CBD Health Benefits

The other compound found within the cannabis plant that is used for medicinal purposes is cannabidiol or CBD oil. CBD oil is not intoxicating (i.e. It will not get you high), it is not psychoactive, addictive, or dangerous. It also doesn’t cause any of the side effects that THC does, like red eyes, dry mouth, or delayed motor skills. Simply put, it isn’t used for recreation. CBD oil has a ton of health benefits, and we are just scratching the surface of its true potential, but one of the most popular uses for CBD oil is to reduce pain and inflammation in the joints, limbs, and muscles. It also helps relieve stress and anxiety, and also helps battle depression. Studies have shown that CBD has helped treat patients for everything from cancer and Alzheimer’s to acne and migraines.

You do not need a prescription to purchase CBD in any of the 50 states or Washington D.C., but not all states have medical dispensaries set up, so you will have to go online to make your purchase.