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What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is not a drug that can be bought on the street and that can be improperly grown, mixed with another substance or even turned out to be fake marijuana.

Medical marijuana is produced without impurities from a plant called Cannabis indica. Some of its medicinal benefits - 'mind changing' or high - are used in the treatment of patients with serious diseases. Sometimes the plant as a whole, rather than just certain chemicals, is used to help people with certain diseases.What is medical marijuana?

Although there are more than 100 chemicals (cannabinoids) in marijuana, the two main medicinal marijuana chemicals used are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (tetrahydrocannabinol, THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). They can help treat a variety of diseases and disorders, which we will talk about later.

What can medical marijuana do for you?

Citing the lack of sufficient clinical trials conducted on a sufficiently large scale to confirm the therapeutic benefits of the plant, medical marijuana has not yet been nationally approved. But this does not mean that the plant itself has no beneficial properties, especially for the elderly. In fact, cannabis has been used as a medicinal raw material for thousands of years.

Now that we know what medical marijuana is, let's look at the symptoms and diseases in which cannabis preparations can make life easier.


Among the main uses of medical marijuana is to help cancer patients, especially in the course of chemotherapy. Studies have shown that smoking marijuana helps with nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients. When it comes to palliative care, especially for patients with cancer, research indicates that the majority of patients (over 60 percent) experience both of these symptoms, not one or the other, so medical marijuana can help both (and possibly many others) at the same time. Studies have also shown that smoking or using marijuana through a vaporizer can help with pain associated with neurological disorders and can help patients return to their regular diet.

For cancer treatment, so far only two FDA-approved drugs, the equivalent of tetrahydrocannabinol, have been approved: Marinol and Cesamet. They are prescribed for cancer patients who suffer from nausea.

Scientists continue to investigate medical marijuana in animals and humans to explore its potential in treating tumors and the symptoms and disorders associated with cancer.

Alzheimer's disease.

Patients with Alzheimer's sometimes turn to medical marijuana to relieve symptoms such as depression and loss of appetite that may accompany a neurodegenerative disease affecting brain tissue. As early as 2006, the global incidence was estimated at 26.6 million and the number of patients could quadruple by 2050.

In 2014, the journal Alzheimer's Disease published a preclinical study analysing the "potential therapeutic effects of THC" on the disease. The researchers injected THC into beta-amyloid peptides, which can form so-called amyloid plaques in the brain and act as one of the leading signs of Alzheimer's presence. Scientists have found that THC helps slow down beta amyloid progress and the results of the study "strongly suggest that THC may be a potential therapeutic option for Alzheimer's disease.

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