Answers to the top medical cannabis FAQs

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What is medical cannabis?

Cannabis is currently evolving through a societal process of “medicalization”.

Defining Medical cannabis and its use is challenging to differentiate from its recreational use in that it’s recreational use is typically done for relaxation; or in contemporary terms, “to chill”.

Therefore, medical and recreational use of cannabis are being done for therapeutic reasons.

How is medical cannabis taken?

Medical cannabis can be taken many ways:

  • Smoking it;
  • Inhaling it through a device called a vaporizer that turns it into a mist;
  • Eating it – for example, in a brownie or lollipop
  • Applying it to your skin in a lotion, spray, oil, or cream
  • Placing a few drops of a liquid under your tongue

Each method works differently in your body. Smoking or vaporizing will make you feel the effects of cannabis almost immediately. However, eating it (“edibles”) can take up to 2 hours to take effect.

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are the active chemicals in medical marijuana that act similar to chemicals the body that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain.

How do cannabinoids work on the brain?

Through receptors in the brain….

Cannabinoids work on most parts of the brain by activating those parts effecting pleasure, pain, anxiety, memory, coordination & balance, appetite, and sleep.  keep both our body and mind in balance.

Important detail: Cannabinoids attach to recently discovered “endocannabinoid” receptors throughout all areas of the brain with one important exception: the part of the brain that controls an essential drive to breath. This is why no one has ever stopped breathing from an overdose of cannabis.

Recently there have been an alarming increase in the number of preventable opioid overdose deaths. This happens because in contrast to cannabinoids’ effect on the brain, opioids do affect that part of the brain that controls breathing, and they cause respiratory depression by activating these critical “endorphin” receptors.

What is cannabidiol?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical derived from some modern cannabis plants.

It can affect some of natural “endo” cannabinoid receptor’s actions that include offsetting some of the side-effects of THC. CBD also works through several other ways in addition to through these receptors.

What is cannabidiol used for?

Cannabidiol is used to reduce inflammation and relieve anxiety.

What is cannabidiol oil used for?

Cannabidiol is used to reduce inflammation and relieve anxiety.

It is prepared as concentrated oil extraction from the cannabis plant’s female flowers. 

How many States have medical cannabis?

Although federally illegal, as of May 2019, 33 States plus the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana.

Where is medical cannabis legal?

After Uruguay, Canada became the second country to fully legalize marijuana.

What States have medical cannabis?

District of Columbia
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico

New York
North Dakota
Rhode Island
West Virginia

When was medical cannabis legalized?

In 1996, California was the first State to legalize marijuana for medical purposes; although it remains Federally illegal.

What is spiritual pain?

Spiritual pain is the pain that comes from the “hidden” areas of our life. It can’t be pointed to on a pain scale such as physical or psychological pain, but it is still very real and can impact our physical and emotional health.

Spiritual pain is often broken down into four categories:

  1. Meaning – struggling with the “meaning” behind life, relationships, and the world;
  2. Forgiveness – pain that stems from forgiving others, ourselves, and God;
  3. Relatedness – dealing with relationships, whether good or bad;
  4. Hope – feeling like there is no hope or it doesn’t exist.

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