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Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary Releases Case Study with Muscular Dystrophy Patient

Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary Releases Case Study with Muscular Dystrophy Patient

Since the time when cannabis began to be used for medicinal purposes, healthcare companies began to investigate the effects of using the substance in treatment. medicine. Recently, the first case study of medicinal cannabis has been released, which follows a young 20-year-old man suffering from extreme pain because of his muscular dystrophy. The study explores his journey with medical cannabis, detailing both his victories and hardships experienced through the use of the drug.

Cannabis, or marijuana, is a drug that is used mostly for people to smoke (and, in some cases, eat) to get high. The leaves are obtained from the Cannabis sativa plant. The possession of marijuana is still illegal, according to federal regulations. However, in the United States, about half of the states have legalized marijuana for medicinal use.

Marijuana can be used by patients in several manners:

  • Smoking
  • Vaping
  • Eating
  • Consumed as a liquid extract

The leaves of the marijuana plant contain substances known as cannabinoids. THC is a cannabinoid that can affect the brain and alter the person’s mood or consciousness. However, not all marijuana plants contain the same type of cannabinoid, which makes the effect of the drug difficult to predict or control. Also, the effects can vary depending on whether the patient eats or smokes the drug.

In a medicinal context, marijuana can be used for different purposes like:

  • Pain relief 
  • Controlling nausea and vomiting
  • Improving a patient’s appetite

Some studies also show that medicinal marijuana can be used to treat the symptoms of other chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and epilepsy. Additionally, the use of medicinal marijuana can reduce the pressure inside the eyes, providing temporary relief to glaucoma symptoms.

Although, even medical cannabis has side effects that should be considered. These side effects can include irregular or accelerated heartbeat, dizziness, slow reaction times, and somnolence. Meanwhile, the patient may also experience psychological side effects through the use of medical marijuana, such as strong feelings of joy, short-term memory loss, problems with concentration and focus, confusion, and a decrease or increase of anxiety symptoms.

Read on to learn more about this muscular dystrophy patient's success with using medical marijuana.