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Medical Marijuana: The Myths and Realities

The topic of medical marijuana has held the public’s attention over the past several years. So, as with any popular topic, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding medical cannabis. 

Let’s debunk some of the most common medical marijuana myths with facts about cannabis treatment. 

Myth #1: Marijuana Doesn’t Provide Medical Benefits. 

Cannabis has long been used for medicinal purposes. In fact, according to a study published in Pharmacy & Therapeutics, there’s evidence indicating that cannabis has been used medicinally for over 5,000 years. Additionally, there are currently more than 4 million medical cannabis patients in the United States, which speaks volumes about its therapeutic benefits. 

Some of the key medical benefits of marijuana include:

  • Pain relief
  • Restored appetite
  • Relief from nausea and vomiting
  • Relief from certain mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD

Myth #2: All Medical Marijuana Users Are “High”.

Medical marijuana contains two key cannabinoids: THC and CBD. THC alone contributes to the “high” associated with medical marijuana – CBD doesn’t produce a high. So, patients who want to avoid this high can opt for cannabis strains that contain more CBD than THC.  

Myth #3: I Have to Smoke Marijuana For Pain Relief.

There are several different forms of medical marijuana that you can use for pain relief. Many patients prefer edibles, topicals, patches, oils, pills, or tinctures over smoking flowers. No matter which product you choose, you can still reap the benefits of medical marijuana for pain relief. 

Myth #4: Medical Marijuana is a Gateway Drug. 

A study conducted by the Institute of Medicine determined that there’s no conclusive evidence to show that the effects of marijuana are connected to later illicit drug abuse. Medical marijuana patients tend to continue using marijuana, rather than moving on to another drug, because it provides relief from their symptoms. 

To learn more about medical marijuana and whether it could work for you, schedule an appointment at Tetra Holistic Care today. 

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