Medical Marijuana: The Rise of a Therapeutic Potential
Medical marijuana became legal in the state of Florida in 2017, however, it continues to remain illegal under federal law. Medical marijuana is now available to persons exhibiting qualifying medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, and diabetes among others.
Lack of public awareness regarding the Cannabis Sativa (marijuana/hemp) plant and its components have led to several myths and assumptions most commonly the assumption that marijuana simply gets you high, hungry, lazy and potentially paranoid.
In reality, the Cannabis Sativa plant contains a multitude of marijuana derivatives with the most abundant being THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). The current spotlight is on the therapeutic agent, CBD, which is legal in all 50 states when isolated and has been shown to have many benefits.
Myth: You get high from CBD.
CBD and THC both have benefits for health and well-being. However, due to their differences in organic structure, it is THC that provides the psychoactive component of marijuana which causes the sensation people associate with being “high”.
The mechanism in which marijuana derivatives work in our body is through the human endocannabinoid system. This includes a network of receptors that are distributed throughout the body and are involved in our immune system, memory, appetite, sleep patterns, mood and pain sensation. The endocannabinoid system includes CB1 receptors-located in the brain and central nervous system- and CB2 receptors- located in peripheral organs and immune regulated cells.
Research suggests CBD treatment is beneficial for regulating the immune response and decreasing inflammation, as well as having anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, anti-convulsive, and antitumor properties.
With these effects in mind, illnesses/disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s), Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease, IBS, Prostate Cancer, Osteoporosis, Psoriasis, Anxiety, Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Depression, Breast cancer and Glioblastomas have been shown to benefit from CBD treatment.
There are many locations now offering legal CBD products including Pilates in the Grove which sells tinctures and topical salves. If applicable, the benefits of obtaining a medical marijuana card may be of interest. The following link provides a list of physicians who have taken required training to recommend whether or not an actual medical marijuana prescription is suitable for you or a loved one.