Patients praise the cannabis plant for having a mild effect on their bodies, while simultaneously alleviating some of their worst symptoms. Unlike medical marijuana, many FDA approved medications have profoundly negative side effects, including kidney and liver problems, stomach bleeding, and even death. Marijuana, on the other hand, boasts very few negative side effects. Some people might experience mild to severe anxiety, light headedness, loss of coordination and coughing fits. Most patients who hold medical marijuana cards, however, extol the benefits as far outweighing the negatives.
Interestingly, different strains of marijuana, as well as the way in which the plant is taken in the body, can produce drastically different results. Many report that indica strains, for example, produce a much milder, more relaxing effect on the body than sativa strains, which are said to have more of an energetic, uplifting effect on patients. Patients who also have trouble smoking the plant may choose to cook it or bake it into food, which is said to have a more full-body effect. Some even say that the relaxing feeling lasts much longer when ingested rather than smoked.
For most medical marijuana card holders, cannabis alleviates pain, relaxes the body, increases appetite, heightens all the senses, and can cause euphoria, or a least a feeling of well-being and comfort. It is easy to see why patients around the country, including in Colorado, praise this plant.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive chemical compound found in marijuana. It has been found to reduce lung cancer tumor growth by 50 percent and significantly reduce the ability of the cancer to spread. This is according to researchers at Harvard University, who studied the effects of THC on lab rats. Another study, conducted in Madrid, also found that THC destroyed cancerous brain cells while leaving healthy cells alone. Study after study is proving what many people already know: the medicinal benefits of marijuana are undeniable.
Medical marijuana has also been found to limit neurological damage following strokes, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, this medicinal plant can stimulate hunger in chemotherapy and AIDS patients who have trouble eating. On top of that, tens of thousands of people have applauded the ability of cannabis to alleviate the excruciating pain that comes with many terminal illnesses. As a result, the popularity of the medical marijuana movement has grown. It seems that as time goes on, more and more people across the country will gain access to a medical marijuana card, and will benefit from this extraordinary medicinal plant.