Every medicine has its benefits and risks. They are studied and researched for years before being approved for use. Medical cannabis is no different. Even though cannabis has been around and used for a long time, there is still a lot of controversy over it. Studies have shown there are some medical benefits to its users, but its reputation as a recreational drug still stigmatizes it in some communities. If you are wondering if it can be of help to you, there are some things you need to understand first. There are two derivatives of the cannabis plant that are used for medical purposes, THC and CBD. Here is a bit of information about them to help you determine if and what would be best for your situation.
The big difference between medical marijuana and medical CBD is the fact that the THC in marijuana gets people high. While it can be used medically for pain, nausea, and anxiety, and is often prescribed for glaucoma and other conditions, it is going to make you feel high. It should never be used if you are going to be driving or operating machinery. Most employers will not allow its use at work and you can get in legal trouble if you are in public using it or under its effects. In addition, medical marijuana is still not legal in every state. If it is legal in your state you will need a doctor's prescription to purchase it unless the state allows it for recreational use.
Medical CBD does not get you high. While there may be a trace amount of THC in the product, it is very limited by law. Some states require that to be legal, the amount of THC must be less than 0.3% with some states not allowing any THC at all. In many states, CBD is unconditionally legal, meaning you can purchase it without the need for a prescription. People use CBD for inflammation, depression, mental disorders, and seizures. The good thing is that since you will not get high from it, you can use it at any time and anywhere without having a problem.
If you live in a state that allows both marijuana and CBD without a prescription, you can try it out for yourself to determine how well it helps you. If you need a prescription, talk with your primary care physician about the benefits and risks. You may find that one is better for you than the other or that either medical cannabis works.
Reach out to a medical cannabis healthcare provider to learn more.