For years, a subject has been the topic of hot debate across the world “should medical marijuana be legal” to grow, develop, and distribute to patients. From the United States to Thailand, governments seek to review and change the law regarding marijuana growing not just for medical purposes but decriminalizing for recreational use. Many states within the United States have already legalized the use and possession of marijuana, and the industry is booming with Herb Grinders, Dab Rigs, and Vaporizers now openly sold in stores alongside different marijuana. To see some of the products you can buy, click the link and view it here.
Marijuana is used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years globally, now it is fast being embraced as an important part of medicine, and pharmaceutical companies where licenses are being granted are developing new and exciting medical products that can help with a number of conditions.
How Marijuana Can Relieve Symptoms in Patients
Many people suffer on a daily basis from chronic pain and disease and yet are still reluctant to take a medicine that can have dependent and addiction effects. Medical marijuana whilst still classed as a drug, is an alternative option for many people. It is estimated that nearly 8 million Americans use marijuana to help with pain, anxiety, and epilepsy, amongst many other ailments.
Marijuana contains 100 different active chemicals called cannabinoids; each contains different properties and has different effects on the body. Cannabinoids (CBD) are the most used along with Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in medical marijuana products. THC is also the compound that people get “high” from when ingested by smoking or eating foods containing it. There is still a lot of research being conducted. Still, many patients have reported positive symptom relief from mild pain to cancer treatments, such as the after-effects of chemotherapy and nausea that follow.
Which Conditions Does Marijuana Help Treat?
The active chemical compounds in marijuana, if grown in the right conditions such as controlled environments using Hydroponics and Aquaponic within a greenhouse having a temperature and water control system that is usually automated to ensure the best results for growing. All this can help to relieve the patient from multiple conditions and diseases, including:
- PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety: These conditions are suffered daily by millions worldwide, and marijuana-based medicine has been tried and proved to work for many patients and with ongoing trials still being conducted globally.
- Insomnia: This is something that can cause people serious harm to their way of life. A study in Colorado found that over 80% of people surveyed said it helped them get a better night’s sleep. The results have found that using too much THC or CBD could keep you awake and have the opposite effect you desire.
- Chronic Pain: For older people over the age of 65 can start to develop arthritis which is, for many, very painful and debilitating; marijuana-based products have been proven to help with chronic and recurring pain by nearly 40%, according to reports. Also, marijuana does not have the same addiction as using traditional Barbiturates.
- Multiple Sclerosis: In the United States alone, over 1 million people from the debilitating muscle spasms that Multiple Sclerosis brings to suffers, and over 60% of people use marijuana to help control and relieve their symptoms. Only chronic pain sufferers have a higher rate of use.
- Cancer: Marijuana is not a cure for cancer, but reports and studies have shown that the relief from cancer pains, nausea, and chemotherapy treatments for patients does work and is actively encouraged by many within the medical community.
The alternative medicine industry is worth around USD 20 billion in the United States alone. It globally estimates that by 2021 it will be worth $300 billion, and the figure climbs every year with more and more trials and studies being conducted, helping patients and long-term sufferers gain some relief.
Growing Medical Marijuana and the Methods
Growing marijuana is the same as growing most other plants and has now become a multi-billion dollar industry. Even though the plants are quite robust, they need attention and the correct conditions to grow and yield a good harvest. Some of the methods that work best include:
- Rockwool/Coco Fiber: Almost as cheap as soil which may not be the best quality; this is an alternative you can use and requires less work. Whilst being cheap, it may be hard to find, and you may need to shop around but, for the medical industry, a large supplier will be happy to provide and deliver the order due to the high volumes being ordered.
- Soil: the most traditional and cheapest method of growing nearly anything. So long as it watered regularly and using good quality fertilizers to keep the soil rich in nutrients, a good yield can be achieved. However, most medical marijuana suppliers are opting for more modern methods. With a cheap method comes a downfall that can cost crops and profits; insects, bacteria, and other pests can devastate a crop.
- Hydroponics: This method which is very popular in the industry, involves using no soil, and gravel is usually used instead contained in troughs or pots, and regularly water with a mix of special fertilizer can yield amazing and consistent results. The only downside is the cost of maintaining the system.
- Aeroponics: A method that many people may not be familiar with but is widely used in cultivating medical marijuana, no soil is used, and plants are hung from the air in mesh baskets, and the roots constantly sprayed with water and fertilizer to keep the plants healthy and encourage growth. Producing fantastic yields.
Different methods are used within the industry depending on the strain you wish to grow and study or use in the production of current and future medicines.
Are There Concerns Over the Use of Medical Marijuana?
Whilst there are clear benefits in growing and cultivating marijuana for the health industry, there is still doubt that it should be used and questioned its usefulness. Also, marijuana is still considered by many lawmakers as a Category 1 drug, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is often reluctant to issue licenses for essential research that is needed to advance our knowledge. To put that into context, Heroin, a drug that has devastated communities worldwide, is considered a Category 1 drug.
There is no doubt that when not used in a manner prescribed that marijuana can have effects that include workplace accidents or automobile crashes but used for medical purposes should pose no danger to the patient or anybody else.
Given the amount of positive feedback from patients and medical professionals that medical marijuana products have received from all over the world, there is little doubt the industry is here to stay and continue to help give relief to sufferers of many different diseases and ailments and with continued research new and exciting products will be produced. All that is needed is for a greenhouse, and a grow kit; changing people’s attitudes is more difficult. When they speak to patients who have used medical marijuana medicines, their opinion is often swayed.