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How Medical Marijuana Helps Cancer Patients

Among the types of individuals that can benefit from medical marijuana, cancer patients may be able to glean the most from the drug. The cannabis plant and its derivative can be used as complementary or alternative treatments for their disease.

The main cannabinoid (i.e., the marijuana compound) of the drug, THC, is the compound mainly responsible for the therapeutic effects. A study done by University of East Anglia in the UK (supported by previous research in Spain) confirmed how THC acted on cancer cell receptors and shrunk tumors. THC also reduces the chronic pain distinct to some types of cancer, as well as pacifying the nausea and vomiting side effects of chemotherapy. Read the rest of this entry

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How to Use a Meadical Marijuana Dispensary

As of October 30, 2014, medical marijuana is legal in 23 states (plus the District of Columbia) under a variety of conditions. Most of them, however, allow the drug to be distributed or obtained from dispensaries only, and even that has certain requirements that must be met. Thus, people who need the drug to help treat their conditions are advised to refer to their state’s marijuana law(s) for specific information. Read the rest of this entry

Medical Marijuana is Good—According to 23 States

The legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes is currently one of the hottest topics in the U.S. As far as the federal government is concerned, marijuana is a dangerous drug (under the Controlled Substances Act) and should, therefore, be banned. Yet this view hasn’t stopped 23 states—indeed, even Washington, DC itself—from enacting laws that allow controlled distribution of the drug for those who need it. As of July 17, 2014, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio might be the next states to legalize the drug. Read the rest of this entry

Finding a Location for Marijuana Dispensaries

The number of states that authorized marijuana for medical purposes is continuously increasing, with Maryland and Minnesota being recently added to the list. Business owners in these states who see potential in setting up a medical marijuana dispensary can start looking for locations now. Unfortunately, these dispensaries don’t work the same way as normal brick-and-mortar shops. There are several things to consider: Read the rest of this entry

Marijuana Dispensaries Meet Cannabis Storage Needs

Medical marijuana is best obtained from a recognized dispensary for one very good reason: the drug is rather sensitive to changes in temperature and moisture levels. Excess heat and humidity outdoors may cause the drug to lose some of its potency, thereby reducing its therapeutic effects. Consequently, it is recommended that medical marijuana be consumed as soon as possible.

In most cases, marijuana can tolerate temperatures ranging from about 65°F to 78°F; anything beyond this range may already cause the drug to spoil. Tissue damage is likely to occur at 40°F and can become permanent if the temperature dips to the mid to low thirties. In addition, the drug is best stored in a cool, dark place because excess light (especially sunlight) can damage the trichomes, the tiny resin glands found on the leaves and buds that contain active medical ingredients called cannabinoids.

Household storage options are considerably more limited as excessive handling and indoor activity can introduce moisture, dust, particulates, and the like to the drug. If there’s no other option but to store the drug at home, an airtight mason jar should be used. The jar should then be refrigerated, not frozen, to keep the contents cool and fresh for use.

Can Everyone Visit a Medical Marijuana Dispensary?

From a medical standpoint, marijuana or cannabis is a useful drug that can help treat a variety of diseases. However, this doesn’t mean anyone who is sick ought to visit a medical marijuana dispensary right away, as pregnant women and people with heart disease may experience adverse reactions from the drug. Most people, though, have nothing to worry about—provided they meet the requirements and follow the regulations pertaining to this drug in their locale. Read the rest of this entry

Understanding State Marijuana Medical Laws

After the U.S. Congress passed the Boggs Act and the Narcotics Control Act, the use of marijuana was strictly prohibited. Everything changed when California became the first state in U.S. history to legalize medical cannabis in 1996. At present, 20 states and the District of Columbia allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, with two states (Washington and Colorado) allowing the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

A critical part of medical marijuana laws in these particular states, though, is patient registry. This means that people with prescription for medical cannabis should first become a “registered patient” with their state’s Marijuana Registry by filling up the necessary forms. Health care providers are also obligated to fill up such forms in conjunction with the patients they treat; completed forms are then notarized and submitted to the Marijuana Registry. Read the rest of this entry

Opening a Medical Marijuana Dispensary

With medical marijuana now legal in 20 states, some medical practitioners and health care facility owners see fit to open their own medical marijuana dispensaries. However, doing so is not as easy as opening a retail store or franchise business. Anyone who is planning to set up such a facility should keep in mind that this undertaking requires careful planning and execution. Read the rest of this entry

Treating Arthritis with Medical Marijuana

According to a USA Today report, as of January 6, a total of 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana to treat certain medical conditions. The use of medical cannabis is nothing new to the world, especially to those who still practice traditional Chinese medicine. In ancient times, marijuana was just one of the numerous herbs the Chinese used to treat rheumatism, muscle spasms, and parasitic infections.

Over 150 medical conditions are specified to be treatable with marijuana in those U.S. states that do permit its medical use. One of these conditions is arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis is the most common reason behind disability, affecting more than 21 million American adults. Those who suffer from arthritis are likely to have one or more inflamed joints, and thus experience pain and limited movement.

However, before people with arthritis can explore medical marijuana as a treatment option, they must first consult with doctors and healthcare practitioners. More importantly, they must obtain documentation from their trusted physician specifying how the substance is part of their treatment. Only afterward can they use a reliable medicine dispensing system to get just the amount of medical marijuana they need.

Can All Doctors Prescribe Marijuana?

Marijuana and its active ingredients have been proven to possess extremely effective therapeutic properties. Medical marijuana use is still considered illegal under federal law, however. No pharmacies are allowed to distribute the substance at present. The only exception to the rule is when a doctor clearly sees the need for the drug in the treatment of some patients.

How do doctors manage to prescribe medical marijuana without breaking the law? Generally, not all doctors prescribe this substance, and if they do, it should be for treating a carefully diagnosed condition as clearly identified by the law. Some illnesses that require treatments involving medical marijuana are amyloidosis, anorexia nervosa, and autoimmune disease.

Whenever a doctor recommends marijuana as medication, he or she writes a letter explaining the substance’s importance for the treatment of a certain patient. The patient may then go to a local dispensary where one can get the drug legally. Finally, the dispensary provides the drug in the exact amount as prescribed by the doctor.

Medical marijuana dispensaries are the only establishments allowed to distribute marijuana for medical use. These establishments typically use automated dispensing machines that release exact doses of marijuana. Such a method prevents patients from potentially abusing and getting addicted to the drug.