Medical Marijuana Clinic in Gatlinburg, TN
Marijuana is a term used to describe the dried leaves, flowers and buds from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis, refers to the use of the whole marijuana plant or its cannabinoids (active chemical ingredients) to help treat many medical conditions and their symptoms.
While the use of marijuana has received controversy in our lifetimes, its medicinal use has been noted for thousands of years. New studies are beginning to show that when medical marijuana is used properly in small amounts, it can help to greatly reduce pain and discomfort for those suffering from a variety of medical conditions. In fact, the cannabinoids most popularly used in medical marijuana, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), have several scientific studies supporting their effectiveness.
How Does Medical Marijuana Work?
Your body contains neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids which are similar to the cannabinoids found in marijuana. Endocannabinoids help to regulate the body’s response to many stimuli including stimuli that affect pain and inflammation. When medical marijuana is smoked, inhaled, eaten or administered into the body through other forms, the cannabinoids in the marijuana attach to these neurotransmitter receptors in the brain to help them work better. The effects of this binding produce various results, like pain and anxiety reduction.
What Does Medical Marijuana Help Treat?
Medical marijuana is mostly used to treat pain. Pain can come in a variety of different ways, for example, those suffering from a seizure disorder or going through chemotherapy due to cancer may find that medical marijuana helps them to calm down. Some of the conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana include:
- Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis
- Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- Discomfort from Crohn’s disease
- Poor appetite caused by chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS
How Do You Take Medical Marijuana?
There are many forms of medical marijuana. The form you choose is based on personal preference and any potential recommendation given to you by your healthcare provider. The main forms include:
- Smoking: In this case you will inhale the fumes that the medical marijuana puts off when burnt. Doing so will allow the healing properties of the medical marijuana to enter your system quickly to provide a more immediate relief but may produce undesired bronchial effects such as coughing.
- Vaporizing: This is when the medical marijuana is heated until the active ingredients are released as airborne vapors, reducing tars and chemical irritants inhaled during traditional smoking. Vaporizers emit less odor and are often the preferred method chosen by patients.
- Edibles: Here the medical marijuana can be either turned into a liquid extract and put in candy or baked into cookies or pastries. Many prefer taking medical marijuana in the form of a pastry instead of having to smoke. Edibles require a longer time to take effect but generally last longer than inhalation methods.
- Liquid extract: Medical marijuana can be turned into a liquid extract which you can then put into any drink you desire.
- Topical: Used popularly for burn and skin infection treatment as well as a localized pain relief, medical marijuana applied topically is absorbed through the skin to provide relief without the characteristic “high.”
How Do You Obtain a Medical Marijuana ID Card?
Medical marijuana laws vary from state to state; currently, 23 of the U.S. states and the District of Columbia have created medical marijuana legislation to regulate medicinal use through a state licensed dispensary. To use a state licensed medical marijuana dispensary you will need to obtain a medical marijuana card by receiving written consent from your healthcare provider. Medical marijuana laws vary from state to state; currently, 23 of the U.S. states and the District of Columbia have created medical marijuana legislation to regulate medicinal use through a state licensed dispensary. To use a state licensed medical marijuana dispensary you will need to obtain a medical marijuana card by receiving written consent from your healthcare provider.
To do this, you will need to schedule a consultation with your healthcare provider. After reviewing your medical history, your current health condition and a physical examination, your healthcare provider will decide if treatment using medical marijuana will provide you a therapeutic benefit. If qualified, your healthcare provider will provide you with a letter explaining your diagnosis and the need for cannabis treatment. It is then the responsibility of the patient to obtain a medical marijuana card.
What are the Risks of Medicinal Marijuana Use?
As with any medical treatment, risks are associated with medical marijuana usage. These risks should be discussed with your healthcare provider during your consultation. The effect of marijuana usage can produce effects that interfere with your attention and judgment. You should not operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.
Request more information about medical marijuana today. Call (423) 482-8711 or contact AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center online.
AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center
Address1604 Lamons Lane
Johnson City, TN 37604
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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