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What is Medical Marijuana Used For?

At New Jersey Alternative Health, we get a lot of questions about the benefits of medical marijuana and are asked, “What is medical marijuana used for?” Medical marijuana has a lot of benefits and can be used to help treat symptoms associated with nausea caused by chemotherapy, to joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy, migraines and more. More people are opting to use medical marijuana as a replacement to prescription medications simply because they want something from nature or even because some of the medications may cause undesirable side effects.

There are about 400 chemical compounds in cannabis, of which, more than 60 are special compounds known as cannabinoids. These bond with the system in our brain that interacts with naturally-produced cannabinoids. In every animal, these natural endogenous cannabinoids play multiple roles, affecting mood, appetite, memory, consciousness, pain response, blood pressure, and so much more! The cannabinoids from marijuana tap into that same system, which is why the plant has such a panoramic effect. Learning and comprehending these components and how they interact is astonishing.

In as little as three months into using medical marijuana, the majority of patients show significant improvement in tests of cognitive function.

At New Jersey Alternative Health, the conditions we see medical marijuana helping  include:

  • Chronic Pain related to musculoskeletal disorders
  • Chronic pain of visceral origin
  • Migraines
  • Anxiety
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Terminal cancer
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Terminal illness, if the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life.
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Dysmenorrhea

 

The following conditions apply, if the patient is resistant to, or intolerant to, conventional therapy:

  • Seizure disorder, including epilepsy
  • Intractable skeletal muscular spasticity
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

The following conditions apply, if severe or chronic pain, severe nausea or vomiting, cachexia or wasting syndrome results from the condition or its treatment:

  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Cancer

 

If you think you may be a candidate for medical marijuana, please contact us here. 

For more information on how to obtain your medical marijuana card in New Jersey, visit us at www.newjerseyalternativehealth.com

Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological condition/disorder that is characterized by seizures, which range from relatively mild (a moment of impaired concentration) to extreme (total loss of consciousness). Medical Cannabis and CBD-dominant products in particular, have proven to be very effective at reducing the frequency and severity of epileptic seizures. We’ve seen a lot of success between medical marijuana and epilepsy patients.

Researchers say that there has been a 39 percent reduction in seizure occurrence provides strong evidence that the compound can help people living with Dravet syndrome and other seizure disorders. Its ability to lessen tremors in Parkinson’s disease are unfathomable.

One of the most agonizing facts is that 34% of deaths in adolescents is due to epilepsy or accidents that occur during seizures.   Recently, epilepsy and cannabis have been highlighted in the news, especially success stories focusing on children with epilepsy who are trying medicinal cannabis. Some cases have shed light on the medicinal uses of cannabis, regardless of its compendium as a Schedule I narcotic and the commonly accepted legal age of consumption for mind-altering substances.

Cannabis has demonstrated so much promise in the treatment of epilepsy that FDA-approved clinical trials are underway because cannabis is so effective at treating seizures.

If you suffer from epilepsy and think you may be a candidate for medical marijuana, please contact us here. 

For more information on how to obtain your medical marijuana card in New Jersey, visit us at www.newjerseyalternativehealth.com