Medical Cannabis

Medical marijuana is slowly but surely becoming accepted all over the world as a

medicine with places such as Canada legalising it in terms of medicinal use but

not for recreational use. Still, Canada’s slow legalisation of cannabis has been a

cautious yet continuous journey.

While medical marijuana was legalised in 2001, people were infact required to

grow their own but in 2013 this changed and was broadened to create a system

that included federally licensed industrial scale producers, this system was called

Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations or MMPR. In 2016 this sysem was

challenged again and on the ground of it being of increased costs and

unreasonably limited access, Canada was given just six months to make a new

one in regards to dispensaries. This encouraged the idea that dispensaries could

operate solely on the terms of it being for medical reasons. There is talk of the full

legalisation of cannabis in Canada come July this year.

Medical marijuana in Canada is used for treating severe illnesses and many other

medical reasons but just how does it benefit us?

Prescriptions are needed for people who want to be able to use medical marijuana

in Canada. With their prescription, people are able to purchase marijuana purely

for medicinal purposes through licensed vendors. It can come in many different

forms such as dried marijuana, a marijuana oil, or fresh buds and leaves that can

be smoked, vaporised, mixed in with food or drunk in a tea. A team of researchers

from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and the

BC Cancer agency came up with a new scheduling system for cancer patients.

They developed a strain of marijuana that was called UBC Chemo, it is a pure

indica strain with 21% THC content. The strain was primarily developed to treat

cancer patients without them having to undergo the side effects of chemotherapy

and this is where it got its name. It is a massively popular strain and a legend

amongst regular users.

Cannabis has been helping people in many different ways such as increasing food

consumption. An article from http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-

medicine/medical-marijuana-what%E2%80%99s-it-good/ talks about some

human trials that took place comparing different drugs and how effective they

were in increasing calorie intake, a quote from this article says “a study in healthy

people found that those inhaling marijuana consumed more calories (had “the

munchies”), especially from fatty and sugary snacks, than those inhaling a

placebo.” This is because the CB1 receptor is active in many places in the body

that are known to stimulate our eating behaviour such as the limbic forebrain and

certain areas in the stomach. THC can mimick endocannabinoids that can

naturally be found in the body.

As well as increasing food consumption it can also help provide therapeutic benefits

and relieving chronic pain, there has been ongoing clinical trials that have been

telling us how it helps to relieve muscle spasms in people with multiple sclerosis

and a 2015 study investigated 400 people suffering from MS found that muscle

stiffness improved by almost twofold after smoking marijuana. It can also reduze

seizures in children with epilepsy that cannot be controlled with existing

medication. In people with psychological and psychiatric illnesses, marijuana can

even precipitate seizures and in some cases even psychosis and can benefit

people who are dealing with depression, social anxiety and PTSD.

Marijuana is a fascinating plant with many, many uses. Its use in medicine is being

researched all over the world and there are many situations where it can be

helpful.

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