People have been using cannabis to cure what ails them for centuries. But medicinal use began to explode in the 1990s, when the first medical marijuana laws in the United States were passed. Since then, doctors, patients and industry professionals have learned a great deal about the ways medicinal cannabis helps patients and treats illness.
However, the world is in the midst of another explosion revolving around medical marijuana. Currently, cannabis extracts and concentrates are being used by more and more patients, many of whom have expressed great satisfaction with these products.
Of course, you’ll need to discuss your specific health issues with your doctor before turning to concentrates. Some patients may not be good candidates for cannabis concentrates, and it is important to understand how they may affect your body first.
Some of the ailments that may respond well to cannabis concentrates include:
Many patients have successfully treated their anxiety problems by using both raw cannabis and concentrates. Most of the anxiety-eliminating effects produced by cannabis come courtesy of cannabidiol (CBD) – one of the primary active ingredients (cannabinoids) in cannabis. Accordingly, anxious individuals may prefer to use concentrates that are formulated to contain a high level of CBD.
Chronic pain is one of the most common symptoms that causes people to turn to medical marijuana. Cannabis helps to alleviate pain, while not causing many of the unpleasant side-effects that other medications, such as opioids, often do. Concentrates are often superior to raw cannabis, given the improved speed with which the cannabinoids operate.
One of the earliest medicinal uses of cannabis was the treatment of nausea. Patients who were undergoing chemotherapy, for example, found that they were better able to eat and felt a reduction in their nausea after using cannabis. However, many such patients are unable or unwilling to smoke; fortunately, cannabis concentrates are available as tinctures, which can simply be administered under the tongue.
Crohn’s Disease is a horrific autoimmune condition that causes severe intestinal upset. Fortunately, cannabis appears to help treat a variety of autoimmune disorders and some research has shown promising results for those suffering from Crohn’s. Because smoking anything can upset one’s stomach, many suffering from this and similar diseases may be better served by tinctures or edibles made from concentrates.
Seizure Disorders / Epilepsy
Cannabis shows remarkable efficacy when treating many seizure disorders. This is especially true of strains that have high CBD content. As with other medicinal patients, those suffering from seizure disorders may prefer to use concentrates to treat their illness, given that they only need to ingest a very small amount of a concentrate to have the desired effect.
If you suffer from one of these problems and live in a state that allows medical marijuana usage, discuss the possibility of using concentrates with your doctor. You’ll be glad you did.
This is intended solely for those with legal access to cannabis and cannabis-derived products. Always follow your local laws and regulations.