4 Things to Know About Using Medicinal Marijuana


Using cannabis or marijuana for medicinal purposes is a hot topic right now among patients and health practitioners. It’s regularly touted as a pain reliever for many chronic illnesses.

According to the National Cancer Institute, here are some of the facts about medical marijuana and its suggested uses:

It’s grown all over the world.
The plant is grown in various places around the world but originated in central Asia. The resin of the plant contains compounds called cannabinoids which are active chemicals that affect the brain and central nervous system.

The key is cannabinoids.
Two of the active cannabinoids that are useful in medical marijuana are delta-9-THC and cannabidiol. Delta-9-THC is psychoactive and is the property that gives users the “high,” whereas cannabidiol can help the central nervous system and immune system by decreasing inflammation without any high for the user. Cannabinoids can be taken in several ways: inhaled, sprayed under the tongue, ingested or smoked.

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It’s been used for thousands of years. 
Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes in some civilizations for thousands of years, but it’s only been since the late 19th century that western medicine has started to see the potential for cannabis to be used as a pain reliever.

Medical marijuana is legal in some states. 
Recreational use of cannabis is illegal in the United States, but many states now allow the use of medicinal marijuana for patients who are registered.

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  1. Robert Balsters says:

    We were told that marijuana is a muscle relaxant and should thus not be used by someone having MD (FSH).
    Do you agree or is it ok to use, as it is indeed a decent painkiller.

    • Lesly Ceballos says:

      well my opinion to marijuana is that i think is good and its a good feeling to smoke but it also helps out with disorder and cancer

  2. Gina Salminen says:

    Cannabis and Facio Scapulo Humeral Muscular Dystrophy. 3 Years in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis program. 40 pounds of proper muscle back since bilateral Scapulo Thoracic Fusions in 2014 and 2015. I have been walking without AFO braces for almost 2 years now.

  3. Luciana Maria dos Santos says:

    Estou entrando aqui pela 1a. vez. Tenho Distrofia Muscular de Steinert. Gostaria de ter testemunhos de pessoas que usam cannabis para o tratamento da patologia e saber se ha resultados, como devo proceder, quem procurar etc.

  4. James says:

    I have been smoking weed since I was little I got diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when I was 2,marijuana has helped me with my pain

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