How does medicinal cannabis affect your body?

Over the past couple of years, medicinal cannabis has become more and more accepted in Western society, with lots of research being conducted on the subject. Medicinal cannabis was legalised in the UK in November 2018 and is now a recognised form of treatment for many people with painful health conditions. If you are interested in trying medical marijuana, or any other new form of treatment, you should always consult with a health professional first. However, you may have questions about the effects of medical cannabis on the body – read on to find out more.

Different forms of medical cannabis

There are many different ways a person can choose to consume medical marijuana, including:

• Vaping
• Smoking
• Consuming it in the form of edibles
• Using liquids and oils

There are lots of different strains of cannabis available, so the type of medical cannabis you choose to use will have slightly different effects when compared to other types available. Whilst cannabis can contain both THC & CBD, medicinal cannabis does not contain any THC, so should not give any of the ‘high’ effects that THC usually gives. THC is the main component in cannabis that gets people high, whereas CBD tends to make the user feel more relaxed instead. CBD tends to be used more for things such as anxiety, depression, seizures, glaucoma, insomnia & low appetite, and can also be used as an effective pain reliever. If you are concerned about the effects of medicinal cannabis, it is worth speaking to your local healthcare provider in order to get more information about the potential effects it may have.

The effects of medicinal cannabis

Cannabis will have a slightly different effect on every person that uses it, due to the nature of the drug. Some people may feel relaxed and happy when using medicinal cannabis, whereas others can feel ill or anxious, so it is important to start with low doses first. As previously stated, the effect it has on you will also depend on the levels of CBD present, as well as the strain used. Different forms of usage may also affect the body in different ways – vaping/smoking medical marijuana tends to make the effects happen quicker, whereas with edibles the effects take longer to come on and are longer-lasting.

Medicinal cannabis is well known for relieving pain for a variety of different long-term health conditions, including:

• Arthritis
• Glaucoma
• Back pain/sciatica
• Neck pain
• Fibromyalgia
• Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
• Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

Research is currently being conducted into whether medical marijuana can help with other health issues, such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, anorexia nervosa & epilepsy. As well as being a pain reliever, medical cannabis promotes the production of dopamine and can also aid with digestion, ease inflammation, lower pressure on the eyes & help to control muscle spasms and seizures.

To find out more about the effects of medical cannabis and how it can help you, get in touch with the London Cannabis Clinic today.