Definition - What does Medical Marijuana mean?
Medical marijuana refers to cannabis that is specifically used to treat certain health conditions. It is a blanket term that has been put into mass use by politicians, the media, and other various organizations aiming to legislate and educate communities about the medical benefits of cannabis plants.
Medical marijuana is most often associated with pain relief and its ability to increase the appetites of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Hydrolife explains Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana first gained favor in the 1970s when it was first used to treat pain. It was then discovered that marijuana users suffered fewer side effects of chemotherapy, which opened a whole new door of studies and medical uses. Subsequent studies have found it valuable for treating PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
Medical marijuana can be consumed in a variety of ways, the most popular being rolled joints, pipes, bongs, vaporizers, and mixed with foods and drinks (edibles, or “medibles”). In US states where medical marijuana is legal, it must be prescribed by a doctor and distributed through a pharmacy or state-approved dispensary.
Medical marijuana that's sold legally contains many of the same qualities that appeal to recreational users, but some medical marijuana strains are bred to contain fewer of the ingredients (cannabinoids) that create a euphoric state.
It was medical marijuana use that first opened the door for legalization, and since then many studies into the full medical benefits of cannabis have begun. In subsequent years, it is expected that medical marijuana/cannabis use will be expanded to include even more illnesses and health conditions, such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, opiate addictions, and more.