As we all know, one of the most well-known effects of marijuana is the sense of well being and happiness. this is known as mood elevation, caused in relation to the effects of the cannaboids.
The chemical compounds that are found in cannaboids are similar to those that a healthy human can create, but with certain conditions such as anxiety, sleep and mood disorders the body may not produce these soothing agents. Medical marijuana can replace those these natural agents and help to relieve the symptoms of these disorders.
How Does Medical Marijuana Work for Anxiety, Sleep and Mood Disorders?
Since these conditions have many separate causes and symptoms, it might seem confusing how cannabis works for these disorders.
Cannabis has 61 unique compounds, each of which fall into eleven different groups that each have different effects when used for treatment. This is why patients use different strains of medical marijuana that are bred to have higher levels of specific cannaboids that are most effective for the treatment you seek.
Therapy Treatments Using Medical Marijuana
Therapies for major depression currently have limited effectiveness, but research shows that the compounds in cannabis increase serotonin, a mood controller produced by the body, and even increases the generation of new brain cells.
Anxiety is a symptom of many psychiatric conditions, and research shows that medical marijuana plays a role in modulating the feelings of fear that characterize anxiety. Cannaboids are used to relieve feeling of anxiety, either naturally produced by the body or introduced into the body through the use of medical marijuana.
Sleeps disorders are primarily affected by the compound THC, which contributes to feelings of sleepiness, while CBD compounds actually can cause feelings of wakefulness, which suggests that high-THC-low-CBD strains of medical marijuana are best to overcome insomnia sleeplessness.
Since cannaboids are present in virtually any form of medical marijuana, patients are able to relieve their symptoms through a variety of way of consumption.
Symptom Relief Using Medical Marijuana
Smoking medical marijuana is probably the most popular way of using medical marijuana. It offers an instant dose of cannaboids, and lasts for 4-6 hrs. The only drawback is that you have to inhale the smoke of the cannabis, which for some patients who have underlying medical conditions, this is not possible.
Vaping, achieved by using a vaporizer is gaining popularity as an alternative to direct smoking of medical marijuana. Instead of inhaling the smoke, you are actually only inhaling the vapor, which is much cleaner and smoother, resulting in less damage to your throat or lungs.
Vaporizers are similar to e-cigarettes, but with the alternative being marijuana that is inhaled.
Edibles is probably the fastest growing market in the medical marijuana industry. From cookies to brownies, to cakes and pies, virtually nothing is off limits as far as consuming medical marijuana goes. It can be prepared using the raw plant and buds, or in a liquid oil form that has already been rendered down for just the cannaboid compound of either THC or CBD.
Cannaboid oil in its raw form is also popular. This will come in a stick, or commonly in a syringe. It can then be administered by placing the oil on or under the tongue, and letting absorption take place.
The only drawback is the taste of the oil, which can sometimes be rather nasty. However, a drop or two on a sugar cube will tone the taste down.
Or you can also take the oil in Gel Cap form which is probably the easier version.
Calming the Disruption
Since anxiety, sleep and mood disorders can be very disruptive to a normal schedule and life, finding a solution that works for you in of utmost concern. Many of the traditional treatments available for these conditions can be quite disruptive since they cause drowsiness, agitation, aggravation, and can actually make some symptoms worse.
This is where medical marijuana comes into the picture. For those suffering from these upsetting symptoms, many will be able to supplement their treatment with medical marijuana, but should always discuss these options with a qualified medical marijuana doctor.
The Alternative Treatment Solution
As with all types of medications, this treatment may not be right for you. The use of medical marijuana over traditional prescription drugs is catching on, but it is not a save-all.
As research continues worldwide, there are many alternative therapies that are being contrived and implemented, so if one therapy does not work, try another and another until you find that right balance of harmony that reacts to your symptoms, bringing that feeling of calmness and tranquility to your life.