What is Medical Marijuana?
Two main components of the cannabis: Cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve pain but do not lead to the feeling of being “high”. As such, many choose to use strains that are rich in CBD as a form of pain relief. Similarly, THC has some pain-relieving effects but is linked to the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
How does It Work?
The special compounds found in cannabis plants known as cannabinoids are effective in relieving symptoms of certain medical conditions by way of attaching themselves to receptors in the brain. These receptors in the brain look for similar compounds in the brain that cannabinoids produce such as dopamine. Depending on the medical cannabis administered, different compounds can produce different physical and psychological effects.
What are some common side effects of medical cannabis?
The effects of medical cannabis are dependent on the strain that is prescribed for use. However, there are some common side effects that users report:
- fatigue, headache dizziness;
- nausea and vomiting; fast heartbeat;
- disturbances in attention, concentration; impaired memory;
- dry mouth, throat irritation, coughing;