What Is Medical Marijuana? – And How Can It Help?
If you’ve been following the news lately you may have noticed that in several places around the world Medical Marijuana has become legalised. But what is Medical Marijuana? How does it differentiate from the street drug? Who can it help? Let’s take a look and try to find some answers…..
Pain is the main reason people use Medical Marijuana, it could be pain from terrible headaches, glaucoma, cancer, or nerve pain. It also helps patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, HIV, and Crohn’s disease, as well as many other chronic diseases.
The main reason which particularly hits home for us personally is the potential that medical marijuana has to help with Natan Shai’s Epilepsy. I feel that Medical Marijuana could also help my son with his Cerebral Palsy, which leaves him in such pain from muscle tightness.
I’ve been contemplating this idea of giving him Medical Marijuana, Hemp Oil or CBD Oil for some time now and I have heard of several cases of children like ours who could definitely benefit from it. Just take a look at this video of a child like Natan Shai who was helped by Medical Marijuana.
Definitely worth a talk to the Neurologic doctor right? Well, I did actually put it out there, but to my dismay, Natan Shai’s Neurologic doctor didn’t even want to talk to me about it! Let alone give me a prescription!! So I’m on the search for a new doctor I guess! I’ll keep you posted.
At least in Israel Medical Marijuana is legal as long as you can get a prescription. I know some countries and States are still fighting for this to be legal. Such a shame. It could help so many people.
So What Is The Difference Between The Street Drug and Medical Marijuana?
Marijuana has two important components: CBD and THC. CBD is the component that does not cause a ‘high’ or ‘euphoric’ state. So the Medical kind is actually exactly the same as the street drug, but in some places, it is also grown to be low in THC and high in CBD. This range will differentiate according to the needs of the person and may also need to be adjusted accordingly. That is why a good Neurological doctor will be able to help you decide what is right for your child. Each case is totally different.
I Don’t Smoke – How Else Can Medical Marijuana Administrated?
As we saw in this video this little boy was given drops, which could also be administered via a feeding tube just like any other medicine. It could also be eaten (in cookies or other food), or vaporized (heated to release the active ingredients), it is also used even as a skin cream. Each way it is used will have a different effect so it is important to discuss with your doctor which one is the best for your particular case.
What Is Hemp Oil? Is It Related To Marijuana Oil?
In the plant world, Marijuana and Hemp are cousins. Marijuana consists of very high levels of THC (the stuff that gets you high) and Hemp doesn’t. Hemp oil is made from extracting the oil from the seeds of the Hemp plant, and is completely legal.
To start with, since you don’t need a prescription and because of the fact that it is legal and much more cost-effective, I would suggest trying a cold-pressed, organic hemp oil to see how that can help. A naturopath can help you with daily dosages. This is what I am going to try in the meantime with Natan Shai and I’ll keep you posted on how it helps.
So I hope you’ve been enlightened about Medical Marijuana. Please feel free to leave comments or ask questions below.