Medical marijuana or medical cannabis is the term given to cannabis when Doctors prescribe cannabis to their patient to treat and existing condition their patient suffers from. However, this is a highly controversial topic as due to government regulations around the world the use of cannabis for medical purposes has not been fully tested and explored. Although the amount of research available is rather miniscule due to cannabis being a restricted substance in most countries there is evidence that points towards that the use of cannabis can be beneficial for patients suffering from conditions such as: HIV/AIDS as it can improve appetite, patients going through chemotherapy as it can reduce nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasms. If you live in a place where medical cannabis and your doctor thinks it will be useful towards treating your condition you will get “marijuana card.” This will allow you to buy marijuana from an authorized seller also known as a dispensary.
Due to cannabis being a restricted substance the use, production and legislation of medical cannabis vary around the world. Whilst there a recent trend towards the legalization of cannabis many countries still have very strict regulations in regards to cannabis however some countries such as Uruguay, Canada , USA, Netherlands, Colombia and the Czech Republic have made changes to their laws about the use of medical marijuana and some made amendments to the use of cannabis as a recreational substance.
Since 2017 medical cannabis has been legal in Canada due the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) issued by Health Canada. Thus this means that patients whom have been prescribed cannabis by their doctor can have access to cannabis legally and will not be persecuted for the possession of cannabis. Although cannabis for recreational purposes is still currently illegal in Canada , Bill C-45 was passed by the federal House of Commons in late November and if the bill is approved the use of recreational cannabis will also become legal in Canada. Due to the amendments in the legislation some companies are allowed to grow and sell cannabis under licences issued by health Canada. In order to qualify as a medical marijuana patient in Canada, aa healthcare practitioner must have authorized the use of cannabis for relief of one or more of the following symptoms:
1. Severe refractory nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy
2. Loss of appetite and body weight in cancer patients and patients with HIV/AIDS
3. Pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis
4. Chronic non-cancer pain (neuropathic)
5. Severe refractory cancer-associated pain
6. Insomnia and depressed mood associated with chronic diseases
7. Symptoms encountered in palliative or end-of-life care
8. Other symptoms or conditions authorized by your health care practitioner
In order to qualify for a medical card you must also live in Canada and be 18 years old or more. Attest that they have not been convicted of a marijuana-related offense. It’s also important to note here that while dispensaries are common in Canada, particularly in Vancouver, BC, and in Toronto, Ontario, these shops are currently existing in a legal grey area and are subject to raid and closure. A registered patient may possess approximately 30 times the daily quantity of cannabis prescribed by the healthcare practitioner, or a 30-day supply of no more than 150 grams of dried cannabis.
Medical cannabis is a very effective medicine used by patients across the globe to treat and alleviate symptoms of many serious medical conditions that do not respond to traditional interventions, the question “What are the best and healthiest ways to consume medical cannabis?” is still constantly asked by patients as the production and development of medical cannabis is still in its early stages there is still much to learn about the subject. Methods for consumption of cannabis include:
- Smoking Medical Cannabis
- Delivers instant relief
- Fairly easy to regulate dosage
- Minimally processed
- Multiple options
- Smoke may be harmful to lungs.
- In many cases, not a good option for anyone with history of pulmonary damage
- Will make you smell like cannabis smoke
- Vaporizing Medical Marijuana
- Delivers instant relief
- Less harsh on lungs than smoking
- Doesn’t make you smell as much as smoking
- Vaping units can be costly.
- Battery powered units need to recharged.
- Needs time to warm up before use
- Medical Marijuana Edibles
- Provides long-lasting relief.
- Good alternative for people averse to inhaling.
- You get to eat a delicious treat.
- Dosage can be very precise.
- Can take half an hour to several hours to kick in.
- Dosage can be difficult if the manufacturer.
- Must be locked up to avoid children and pets.
- Causes a different “high” than smoking.
There are some companies that are working towards the development and improvement of cannabis delivery methods one of them is Namaste Technologies. Namaste Technologies Inc is an online retailer for medical cannabis delivery systems globally. They work towards developing cannabis delivery units that are safer and healthier for the user and this is very important for medical purposes as it reduces side effects and health risks associated with the consumption of cannabis. They produce vaporizers that aid in the consumption of cannabis without the side effects associated with smoking it such as lung damage.