Medical Marijuana

What is Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana is cannabis that is taken as medicine, for a variety of ailments. It specifically refers to the state-sanctioned use, although it remains federally illegal in the united states, a schedule 1 controlled substance

For which illnesses is medical marijuana prescribed?

Chronic pain, headaches, and muscle spasms; depression, anxiety, and panic attacks; relieving the vomiting, nausea, and other symptoms of cancer and HIV/AIDS, and the side effects of chemotherapy.
It is been used as a folk-remedy for asthma. It relieves arthritis. It has been shown to reduce the inter-occular pressure in those who suffer from glaucoma. It increases appetite in those whose medicine or illness causes them to have appetite issues. And cannabis relieves insomnia. These, and many more, are the medicinal uses of this plant.

Who prescribes Medical Marijuana?


Doctors can give recommendations to patients, but not prescribe. In some states, these recommendations, and maybe a clinic issued ID(at least in California)- will suffice, legally. In other states, the patient must take his/her doctors rec to the Medical Marijuana program to get an official Medical Marijuana ID card, or paperwork.( personal communications, 2010-2012)

Where can a patient buy medical marijuana?


Several states have laws governing the existence of “dispenseries” or “collectives” or “co-ops”. These are legal storefronts for medical marijuana patients to purchase their medicine. The collectives have marijuana, often with “suggested donations” rivaling the street price, and some have many forms of medical marijuana, from medicated candy to sodas; From ice water “bubble hash” to dry sifted “kief”; From clones to mother plants to vaporizers to rolling papers.(personal communications, 2010-2012)
Some places give away free medical marijuana to patients with either a financial hardship or terminal illness, while some provide free medicine, or plants, to those in very rural places, who would otherwise suffer.(personal communication, 2012)

Pharmacology of medical marijuana.


Research providing the breakdown of all of the chemicals in marijuana and their specific physiological and psychological effects is scarce. When analyzing the medicinal effects of marijuana on spasticity, researchers focus primarily on two main active ingredients in the marijuana plant: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoids (CBD and CBN-chemicals related to THC) Recently, scientists discovered that cannabinoids closely resemble a chemical in the body called anandamide. Anandamide "turns on" nerve receptors throughout the Central Nervous System that effect motor functioning, nausea, and various other biological functions .This development suggests that cannabinoids have similar effects to anandamide and justifies further research on the therapeutic value of marijuana for muscle spasms attributed to MS- vanderbuilt dot edu

Risks of Medical Marijuana


According to an approved statement from the U.S. dept of justice in 1988, "Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity."
From January 1997 to June 2005, the US Food and drug administration (FDA) reported zero deaths caused by the primary use of marijuana. Through that time period, 279 deaths were reported where marijuana was a possible "concomitant" drug used in conjunction with other drugs at the time of death In contrast, common FDA-approved drugs which are often prescribed in lieu of marijuana (such as anti-emetics and anti-psychotics), were the primary cause of 10,008 deaths.

[h="1"Growing Medical Marijuana[/h]

While growing medical marijuana is in some respects the same as cannabis produced commercially, It is often different. Most MEDICINE is grown using organic methods in pest control and nutrient application

Forms of Medical Marijuana.


flowers, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, juicing and drinks

History of Medical Marijuana.

Legal status of medical Marijuana.

What other countries have mmj: While utilizing cannabis for recreational purposes is illegal in many parts of the world, many countries are beginning to entertain varying levels of decriminalization for medical usage, including

Austria

Canada

Czech Republic

Finland

Germany

Israel

Italy

the Netherlands

Portugal

Spain

Switzerland

USA State laws

Different states have laws that are vastly different. Some states allow growing, some do not.
What is allowed: see below list

Alaska

1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature

Arizona

2.5 oz usable; 0-12 plants

California

8 oz usable; 6 mature or 1 2 immature plants

Colorado

2 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature)
DC 2 oz dried; limits on other forms to be determined

Delaware

6 oz usable

Hawaii

3 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature

Maine

2.5 oz usable; 6 plants

Michigan

2.5 oz usable; 12 plants

Montana

1 oz usable; 4 plants (mature); 12 seedlings

Nevada

1 oz usable; 7 plants (3 mature, 4 immature

New jersey

2 oz usable

New Mexico

6 oz usable; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature

Oregon 24

oz usable; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature

Rhode Island

2.5 oz usable; 12 plants

Vermont

2 oz usable; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature

Washington

24 oz usable; 15 plants