It’s also commonly known as marijuana.
How is it used?
Cannabis can be smoked, eaten or vaporised and comes in different forms. Users report that the subjective effects of cannabis vary significantly depending on the form consumed.
Marijuana − the dried leaves and flowers (buds) of the cannabis plant that are smoked in a joint or a bong. This is the most common form.
Hashish – the dried plant resin that is usually mixed with tobacco and smoked or added to foods and baked goods; such as cookies and brownies.
Hash oil – liquid that is used sparingly (due to high potency) and added to the tip of a joint or cigarette and smoked.
Concentrates – extracts (dabs, wax or shatter) typically using butane hash oil as a solvent, often vaporised in small quantities due to high THC content.
Some benefits of Medical Cannabis:
1. Pain Relief: One of the most common uses of medical cannabis is for pain relief. It's often used for conditions that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and migraine.
2. Mental Health: Some studies suggest that cannabis can help manage mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.
3. Multiple Sclerosis: Medical cannabis might help to reduce muscle spasms, pain, and sleep disturbances in people with multiple sclerosis.
4. Epilepsy: Certain forms of epilepsy, particularly those that are difficult to control with other types of medication, may respond well to cannabis-based medicines.
5. Appetite Stimulation: Medical cannabis can stimulate appetite, which can be beneficial for people with conditions like HIV/AIDS or certain types of cancer.
6. Glaucoma: Some research suggests that cannabis can reduce intraocular pressure, which can help manage glaucoma symptoms.
7. Nausea and Vomiting: Medical cannabis can help control nausea and vomiting, particularly in patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Effects of cannabis
Cannabis affects every individual differently. Even the same person may have a different experience on separate occasions or over their lifetime. Some factors that might influence these differences could be: size, weight and health, whether the person is used to taking it, whether other drugs are taken around the same time, the amount taken, the strength of the drug, expectations of consuming cannabis, the environment of the individual, and the individual’s personality.
Is cannabis legal?
Cannabis is illegal in many places, but more and more areas are starting to legalize it for both recreational and medical uses. In the United States, for example, several states have legalized recreational and medical cannabis.
Cannabis is a term that’s being increasingly used to refer to weed or marijuana.
Regardless of what you call it, cannabis has a range of short- and long-term effects, which can be both beneficial and harmful.
If you’re curious about trying cannabis, start by checking with Dr. Reza beforehand to make sure it won’t interact with any medications or supplements you take. He can also help you weigh the potential benefits and risks to your health.
Dr. Reza can help you obtain or a renew a Medical Cannabis ID card to access Medical Cannabis from a dispensary in Florida.