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Mary Jane, weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, hooch, ganja, and choof – marijuana sure comes with many monikers. All around the world, the intoxicating effect of the greenish-grey mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa is well-established. The cannabis community can vouch for this, regardless of the weed-slang they use.
But more than its intoxicating effect, the cannabis plant actually has great medicinal value as it can help with pain management . The world is still coming to terms with this, especially in Australia. It was not until 2016 that medical marijuana became legal in the country.
Cannabis Oil: What is it?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of “cannabinoid,” the chemicals naturally found in marijuana. The main takeaway is that it doesn’t create the “high” feeling or any form of intoxication that’s typically sought out by recreational marijuana users. It’s THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), one of the 113 cannabinoids identified in cannabis, that causes intoxication.
Hemp and marijuana contain different levels of chemical compounds, much like different varieties of cannabis plants. The way people breed Cannabis sativa affects the CBD levels. Most CBD oil products come from industrial hemp containing higher CBD levels than the usual marijuana.
Makers of cannabidiol oil use different methods to extract the CBD compound: steam distillation, extraction by solvent, CO2 extraction, olive oil extraction, among others. The extracted cannabinoids are then added to a carrier oil. This gives you the final CBD oil product.
Potential Cannabis Oil Benefits for Pain Management
Surprisingly, the human body produces endocannabinoids which are similar to cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant. Not everyone knows it, but we all have a cell-signalling system known as the endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoid receptors in our brains and immune systems receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help the cells respond.
This response triggers anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. CBD oil may help people with chronic pain relief, including those with chronic back pain.
- Arthritis Pain Relief
In 2016, a study in the European Journal of Pain showed that there was a significant drop in inflammation among rats with arthritis. Researchers applied CBD topical gel to these rats for 4 days and found out that CBD could help relive arthritis pain without side effects.
People with arthritis may find relief from pain with the help of topical CBD gels, but more studies conducted on humans need to be done to confirm these findings.
- Multiple Sclerosis Pain Relief
Autoimmune conditions like multiple sclerosis affecting the entire body through the nerves and brain may be tough to bear. Muscle spasms can be so strong and cause constant pain. One research found that CBD oil could reduce the levels of muscle spasms a person feels, and many people using CBD products reported a reduction in symptoms.
- Cancer Treatment Relief
The side effects of chemotherapy cause pain in most cancer patients. These effects include pain, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Although more evidence is needed, CBD may be used to manage pain related to cancer and cancer treatment.
CBD Side Effects
CBD doesn’t pose severe side effects for users, whether it be in an oral spray or topical gel form. Certain side effects are still possible which include, but not limited to, the following:
- changes in weight
- changes in appetite
Types of CBD Oil You Should Know
CBD oil products available today come in many different strengths. If you have tried searching for CBD oils on the internet, you may have already come across terms like isolate, full-spectrum, and broad spectrum. CBD oils can be categorised based on their list of ingredients and their method of usage.
- Full Spectrum
This is one of the more common forms of CBD oil out there. It contains more than just CBD and contains other cannabinoids like CBDA, CBG, and CBA and 0.03% of THC (which is an insufficient amount to produce intoxicating effects). Full-spectrum CBD oil elicits a more pronounced and well-rounded effect as the non-intoxicating cannabinoids work synergistically with the CBD.
- Broad Spectrum
It is similar to full-spectrum ones in that it also contains more cannabinoids than just CBD. The only difference is that the THC has been chemically removed.
- CBD Isolate
This type is pure CBD, making it extremely powerful. It is mostly recommended for those suffering from insomnia.
Where to Get and How to Use Cannabis Oil for Pain Relief
CBS is extracted from Cannabis Sativa in powder or oil form, which can be mixed into topical creams and gels. CBD can also be taken orally when put into capsules and mouth sprays.
CBD is legal in Australia now. You can buy CBD oil products over-the-counter in any pharmacy in the Central Coast of NSW. But then, there are currently no products approved for sale by the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) . You can talk to a doctor or visit a medical centre in Erina to discuss where and how you can get access to medical marijuana in the area.
Walgreens cbd oil for cancer
Marijuana has been used to relieve pain, digestive and psychological disorders for more than 3,000 years—but the efficacy, safety and legality of the drug are still widely debated. 1
What is Medical Marijuana (Cannabis)?
Medical marijuana is the use of the leaves, flowers and buds of the hemp plant cannabis as treatment for diseases or symptoms. The healing properties of marijuana are due to its high cannabidiol (CBD) content (the non-psychoactive component of cannabis that may be beneficial in treating pain, epileptic seizures and possibly psychoses). 2 Marijuana also contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a molecule that can stimulate appetite, decrease nausea, reduce pain and produce a psychoactive effect. 2
How Does Medical Marijuana Work?
Cannabinoids attach like a key to a lock to your body’s naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors, which make up the endocannabinoid (EC) system. Both the therapeutic and psychoactive properties of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates a cannabinoid receptor. Because the EC system is found in many parts of your brain and cannabinoid receptors are all over your body—in your brain, lungs, liver, kidneys and immune system—the effects of THC and CBD are wide-ranging. 5
When marijuana is smoked, its effects can kick in immediately. The THC chemicals quickly travel from your lungs into your bloodstream. Then, brain cells release the chemical dopamine, which creates physical effects. When marijuana is eaten however, it may take up to an hour for it to metabolize in the stomach and digestive system before being felt by the brain. 6
Research on the health benefits of marijuana is ongoing, but current studies have proven that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in many body processes, including metabolic regulation, cravings, pain, anxiety, bone growth and immune function. 7
Why is the Use of Medical Marijuana Debated?
Though marijuana has been approved for medical use in many states, marijuana is not yet approved for national use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Research has indicated it may impair your lungs, memory and judgment. 8
However, research has also shown marijuana provides pain relief in ways traditional pain medicines don’t. 9 Medical marijuana can improve appetite and relieve nausea in those who have cancer and it may help relieve symptoms such as muscle stiffness in people who have multiple sclerosis. 10,11
What are Common Uses for Medical Marijuana?
Though there is limited research to create general treatment recommendations, medical marijuana use has been suggested and reported for many different conditions including: 12
- Cancer pain management
- Parkinson’s disease
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Palliative care
How is Medical Marijuana Used?
Smoking medical marijuana is the most common method of using it because the patient is able to feel its effects almost immediately, and is able to control how much relief they need. 13 However, this brings an increased risk of bronchitis or other respiratory problems.
Medicinal marijuana can also be: 13
- Taken in capsules
- Vaporized (the plant is heated until active ingredients are released; no smoke is formed)
- Taken as a liquid extract
- Eaten (Pulverized into flour and baked or extracted into fat or oils)
What Are Potential Side Effects of Marijuana?
Side effects of marijuana are usually temporary and can include: 14
Can You Get a Prescription for Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana can’t be purchased from a pharmacy like traditional prescriptions. It must be sold through a licensed dispensary in an approved state. Patients must be seen and evaluated by a licensed health care provider. 15
If you’d like more information about the use of medical marijuana, talk with your doctor. Most states encourage patients to apply for a Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC). Patients need to show proof of residence, have a qualifying condition and a medical recommendation for use from a licensed health care provider. This card allows patients to legally possess marijuana for medical use dispensed through a licensed dispensary. Please refer to your state specific laws for additional information on the use of medical marijuana. 15
By Dahlia Sultan, PharmD
Resident Pharmacist, Walgreens and the University of Illinois at Chicago
Disclaimer: Walgreens is not a licensed medical marijuana provider.