The more information you have about how medical marijuana can help manage your lifestyle, the better! Bud Plug Express offers private, informative consultations free of charge for all our patients. We’ve guided patients ranging from novice to cannabis expert and every level of experience in between and are always happy to provide friendly, personalized care.
Below, we’ve included some information on the benefits of medical marijuana. Please note: any recommendations given by Bud Plug Express do not constitute medical advice or replace a visit to your healthcare provider or physician.
Medical marijuana can be an excellent alternative or addition to traditional healing modalities. Per Harvard Health Blog’s Peter Grinspoon, MD, cannabis can be a great tool for treating pain. “Marijuana is said to be a fantastic muscle relaxant, and people swear by its ability to lessen tremors in Parkinson’s disease. I have also heard of its use quite successfully for fibromyalgia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, and most other conditions where the final common pathway is chronic pain.” Numerous studies published in renowned, peer-reviewed medical journals such as Neurology, Rheumatology, Annals of Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology support this assertion and have documented significant health benefits associated with the use of medicinal marijuana across a wide range of patients, lifestyles, and health conditions.
Many of the conditions listed below have shown promising results or relief with medical marijuana.
· Chronic Pain
· Crohn’s Disease/IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
· Hepatitis C
· Lou Gehrig’s Disease/ALS
· Multiple Sclerosis
· Back Pain
· Chronic Joint Pain
· Chronic Migraines
· Nerve Damage (Neuropathy)
· Parkinson’s Disease
· PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
· Rheumatoid Arthritis
Smoked cannabis also shows promising, cost effective pain relief properties as an opioid alternative or addition to patients’ pain management regimens according to a University of California, San Jose studies published in 2019. While traditional painkiller drugs such as morphine and oxycodone can be effective for pain relief, they are also associated with a high risk of addiction and dependence and can be dangerous or even fatal when administered in improper amounts.
Per InhaleMD, a great online resource for THC information, marijuana can offer similar pain relief benefits as opioids. The scientific basis for marijuana’s painkilling ability lies in the way the active ingredients, called Cannabinoids, affect the brain. Cannabis contains at least 80 different cannabinoids — notably delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — which activate the body’s Cannabinoid receptors. The THC and CBD in marijuana binds to the receptors, causing pain relief, symptom alleviation, and palliative management.
For additional information, benefits and side effects, we recommend consulting your healthcare professional to see if medical marijuana could be right for you. Our team is always happy to help provide information to enable you to make the best decisions about your health!