In this article we are examining the difference between smoking cannabis. As well as the use of many cannabinoids products available in the market.
The term medical marijuana (cannabis) refers to using the unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of pain illness, depression and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as drugs. More than 60 chemicals, called cannabinoids, have been identified as specific to the cannabis plant. A few of these cannabinoids account for most of the known pharmacological effects of cannabis. Cannabis produces euphoria, relaxation, changes in perception, time distortion, deficits in attention span and memory, body tremors, and impaired motor functioning.
Chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill and other forms. The cannabinoids from the marijuana plant that are of medical interest are THC and CBD. THC can increase appetite and reduce nausea. THC may also decrease pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), and muscle control problems.
CBD is a cannabinoid that does not make people “high.” These medicines are not popular with recreational users as they are not intoxicating. But they are very useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and even treating mental illness and addictions.
The use of cannabis and some if its derivatives as a medical agent has a long history, of use as a medicine in many parts of the world. In the twentieth century, however, the medical use of cannabis
gradually faded, thanks to its unreliability ensuing from the variable composition of the extracts and their restricted shelf life. As a result, cannabis was mostly replaced by purified single medicine, each both natural and artificial, with more reliable efficiency and stability. For instance, a variety
of natural and artificial opium-like medicines replaced cannabis as pain relievers, and barbiturates replaced cannabis as sleep-inducers and anti-convulsants.
Although cannabis and cannabinoids are used for their therapeutic potential, it’s necessary to
distinguish smoked cannabis from artificial cannabinoid products. Patients smoking cannabis for medical purposes don’t seem to be assured a reliable and effective dose as compared to artificial product that are taken in controlled doses by nontoxic delivery systems (e.g., capsules, oral sprays). If cannabis is obtained illegaly it will lack internal control and standardization and/or be contaminated with pesticides and microbes, additionally, the regular use of cannabis by smoking may cause chronic respiratory problems.
An important distinction must be taken into consideration between the risks related to smoked cannabis and cannabinoid products that are delivered in controlled doses by nontoxic delivery systems. Patients smoking cannabis for medical reasons aren’t assured the reliable, standardized and consistent dose that they’d otherwise receive from using cannabinoid products and may experience future respiratory ailments.
Research has proven and many doctors agree that the medical use of cannabis to relieve nausea, vomiting and chronic pain does work, research is still needed in its application to control disease conditions. The main focus and research today is focused on improving the effectivity of synthetic cannabinoids and their delivery by safer methods other than smoking.