Although its use can be traced through human history, medical marijuana is in its infancy as a modern medicine. Cannabis is known to provide physical and mental pain relief, but as it becomes increasingly legal, new medical developments are progressing in real time. Dr. Vaul Phillips, MD, of Rehabit SMARTCenter, LLC in Glenn Dale, Maryland, provides targeted knowledge of how medical marijuana can relieve your pain and enhance your quality of life. Call or book an appointment online today.
Cannabis, the source of medical marijuana, is a plant that produces a flower containing several unique chemical compounds. It is most commonly used for its psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and its nonpsychoactive compound cannabidiol (CBD).
Although the recreational use of marijuana is illegal in the state of Maryland, the possession of 10 grams or less was decriminalized in 2014. In 2013, state law established a state-regulated medical cannabis program, which became operational on Dec. 1, 2017.
In recent history, cannabis has been prescribed more liberally for medical use for fatal diseases like cancer and AIDS and has proven effective in combating nausea and promoting appetite. Today, the medical benefits of cannabis have expanded to assist with several serious diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, and glaucoma.
Medical cannabis is commonly used for mild to chronic pain relief and has significant potential for replacing more addictive pain-relief medications. Cannabis can also help with mild to severe depression, and other mental conditions like post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and anxiety.
Because it is not psychoactive like THC, CBD shows promising signs of more common medical usages. It is essentially THC without the “high” euphoric feeling that can sometimes inhibit mental functionality. CBD provides a relaxing effect that can help with insomnia or migraines. It can reduce some types of inflammation and swelling, including bowel disease.
The practice of vaporizing cannabis oil, commonly referred to as “vaping,” is rapidly increasing in popularity as legal cannabis use becomes more common. The instrument used to vaporize oil is called a vape pen. Vape pens are powered by a rechargeable battery, and the heat source is internalized within the metal pen. Inhaling vapor from cannabis oil is better for your lungs than inhaling the smoke of a burning cannabis flower.
For those who do not want to inhale, there are topical oils, creams, and ointments. These are best for joint inflammation, muscle pain, and swelling, for they can be applied directly to the affected areas. There is also a condensed liquid called a “tincture” that you can ingest directly with drops under the tongue or by mixing with water.
To find out whether cannabis is right for you, make an appointment with Dr. Phillips at Rehabit SMARTCenter, LLC in Glenn Dale, Maryland.