How Medical Marijuana is Aiding People To Live A Better Life

By | March 14, 2020

More than one year ago medical marijuana became legally available in Ohio. Above all other things ( the commercial and other aspects) – people living a better life is the biggest success of legalization.    

Mike Petrella, Owner, and CEO of Ohio Valley Natural Relief in Wintersville termed the odyssey as a wild ride in which everything has gotten better for everyone – dispensary owners as well as the patients. Patients are more than happy with the pricing and the availability of multiple options. 

For instance, marijuana flower products would cost around $500 per ounce a year ago. But today, one can easily get the same products at $200-$300 dollars per ounce.  

The prices are continuing to go down, added Petrella and said that it means we will be able to help more and more people. The testimonials of the patients that we have served so far are unbelievable. Initially, I have never looked at it as it will help so many people. It is simply wow!

A Glance At Its Capabilities

Color Richmond’s Derek Siragusano – a cancer survivor and his father are overwhelmed by the capabilities of this magical herb. In the words of Derek – it takes away all of your stress it’s really nice. 

Derek is fighting with brain cancer since he was eight. His father Carmen spent years researching every possible cure for his son. But Carmen never imagined marijuana products as the medicine he has been looking for for so long. He thought of it as a ridiculous idea that medical cannabis can help brain tumors, pain, and anxiety.

When Derek cross 29, the doctors diagnosed him with stage 4 Glioblastoma and was given six months to live. The doc told them – maybe Derek can get a year if he is lucky but the probability of this to happen is very limited. It was about 2-and-a-half years since now. 

Derek on the contrary to the doctors’ prediction, is still alive and has undergone his third brain surgery. Over the course, medical marijuana helped the boy to actually live without any worries. 

It lightens up his mood by relaxing his mind. That’s how it helps him to sleep without any worry. Derek forgets almost everything about his life under the influence of the herb. 

Other Cases Outside Ohio 

Seeing a close relative deteriorate because of Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most difficult things you can face. The disease has no cure. All you can do is the efforts to improve the quality of life of the infected person. But this will only provide you satisfaction to some extent and not the cure. 

That was the case of a lady who arrived desperate because her mother, over 90 years old, and Alzheimer’s patient, was bedridden and not eating. The doctor asked the lady’s daughter if she wanted to deal with medical cannabis. So it was. The doctor began administering cannabis drops several times a day. 

The results have been positive and impressive. The lady has returned to eat and is active again, has risen from the bed. The majority of Alzheimer’s patients end up in bed, but with cannabis, they can improve the quality of their life. 

It has been proven that Alzheimer’s is an inflammatory process of the brain and the main effect of cannabis is an anti-inflammatory one. An interesting fact that would seem confirmatory is that rheumatoid arthritis patients taking anti-inflammatory medications tend to have fewer Alzheimer’s symptoms than the rest of the groups. 

Research entitled “The Potential Therapeutic Effects of THC on Alzheimer’s Disease”, a preclinical study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, found that small doses of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, an active component of medical marijuana can delay production of beta-amyloid proteins, which is believed to be one of the distinguishing features and contributors to the progression of Alzheimer. There are other studies that support the effectiveness of THC to prevent the growth of amyloid plaques in the brain, whose proliferation is distinctive from Alzheimer’s. 

In general terms, all of us produce our own cannabinoids. It is the nature of human beings and vertebrate animals. Our endocannabinoid system has a substance very similar to the THC of marijuana and the body millions of years ago were creating receptors for that substance, they are the most common receptors in the body. 

A study by the Stanford School of Medicine detailed the main benefits of medicinal cannabis in Alzheimer’s.

These are the following:

  • A “puff” or a small dose of daily medical marijuana could lower the production of amyloid plaques.  
  • It is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
  • It contains an antioxidant and neuroprotective effect. 
  • Promotes active neurogenesis, that is, the production of new cells. 

But, one of the most transcendental virtues of medicinal cannabis for Alzheimer’s patients, Franceschini suggests, is that it does not bring with it the side effects of traditional medicines. Typical Alzheimer’s symptoms include agitation, anxiety, depression, loss or sleep problems. It is estimated that 75 percent of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia become irritable and difficult. 

Key Points About Medical Marijuana 

Medical marijuana has been legalized in 33 states and many medical experts have approved its use for medical conditions that are affecting adults over 50 in the United States. Depending on the state in which you live, you may qualify for medical marijuana treatment if you have any of the state-approved qualifying conditions, such as:

  • Anorexia due to HIV / AIDS
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Multiple sclerosis or severe muscle spasms
  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea, vomiting or severe wear related to cancer treatment
  • Terminal disease

Medical Marijuana Comes in a variety of forms, including:

  • Vaporized liquid
  • Oil
  • Pills
  • Dried leaves and buds
  • Nasal spray
  • Plant

The places and ways of buying these substances vary depending on each state where the medical use of marijuana is allowed. Like it’s not necessary that medications offer by Orange County dispensary will match the one offered by Santa Ana dispensary. Once you have the product, you use it when you need it. The frequency of use varies according to the method of administration and your symptoms.

If you experience bothersome symptoms or side effects due to medical treatment, especially pain and nausea, talk to your doctor and get yourself a marijuana card. From there on, you can purchase medical cannabis from any licensed dispensaries as per your condition. 

 

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