DC Medical Marijuana

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is the use of the marijuana plant to treat various diseases in conditions. It is when marijuana is taken for medicinal purposes rather than recreational.

Medical marijuana is used for treating various ailments:

  • Alzheimer's
  • Appetite loss cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • HIV eating disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Mental health conditions like schizophrenia PTSD
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Seizures
  • Wasting syndrome (Cachexia)

How does Medical Marijuana work?

Marijuana works to treat these conditions by working on the cannabinoid receptors in your brain. The cannabinoid receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system which is an essential part of your nervous system. THC can bind to cannabinoid receptors in your brain to produce various effects such as pain management.

How do you take it?

  • Medical marijuana can be taken by inhaling
  • Consuming orally
  • Applying as a lotion or placing a few drops of liquid in your mouth

There are side effects such as:

  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Hallucinations
  • Low blood pressure

**Medical marijuana may not be a good option for every patient. **

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