For this article we will use the acronym MM for Medical Marijuana throughout.
The medical uses in the medicinal category and properties of non-smoked marijuana far out-weight those of the smoked variety but still, the smoked versions have medical benefits.
Lets look at what the proven medical uses of both methods of ingestion,and the language that supports this claim, via a valued source of quality information as the Mayo Clinic, and citing this article http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/marijuana/NS_patient-marijuana/DSECTION=evidence.
If you have been in car accidents, were a sports person with injuries during your career, had back surgery or need back surgery, have leg issues, or conditions that involved large muscle injury or bone injury, the patient may encounter many levels of pain. Opioid(s) may impede the cognitive ability to not draw more injury to the area. Certain drug effects make the patient not aware on a different medicated level that level of movement involves more or less pain. Drugs behave different on different hormones of the brain, for each person. Blocking the knowledge to feel pain and what strain level that muscle or bone is experiencing in normal or a injured state usage may be extremely limited.
In this abstract's link, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2704133/ Opioid Metabolism is discussed.
Pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic differences underlie this variability of response. Pharmacodynamics refers to how a drug affects the body, whereas pharmacokinetics describes how the body alters the drug. Pharmacokinetics contributes to the variability in response to opioids by affecting the bioavailability of a drug, the production of active or inactive metabolites, and their elimination from the body. Pharmacodynamic factors contributing to variability of response to opioids include between-patient differences in specific opioid receptors and between-opioid differences in binding to receptor subtypes. The receptor binding of opioids is imperfectly understood; hence, matching individual patients with specific opioids to optimize efficacy and tolerability remains a trial-and-error procedure.
In reference to the amount of drug administered and the effect that chemical has on the chemicals in the brain. Hydrocodone for instance is a popular pain medicine in the report by Workers'Law Watch, where they cite from this article, http://workerslawwatch.com/tag/hydrocodone/ hydrocodone use has escalated in the Worker Comp Medical Industry, for those injured at work, doing work, or in some cases insurance 24/7 private coverage work or home or on vacation the patients are prescribed pain medicines for injuries. This article explains that Worker Compensation industry is declaring this over prescribed drug as in an epidemic proportion for work communities. In the following quoted information from the above cited article, we can see this is changing the face of pain management and the use of MM for pain management to address this issue.
Recently noted worker’s compensation medical providers may be exceeding guidelines from the American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine regarding the use of opioids and how long they should be used. Dr. Paulozzi noted 42% of workers with back injuries had opioid prescriptions in the first year after the injury, most of them after their first medical visit, but 16% of those workers were still receiving opioids a year after the injury. He noted while opioids might be good for use as acute medication, for example within six weeks after the injury, continuation of opioids is not indicated beyond that short term use.
This can include high injury rates or fraud in some cases and has lent to looking more closely at this explosion of use. Within that article the author states the CDC adds that this level of opioid use is a "national danger."
This article http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2704133/ explains the science behind how opioids work, and in turn the MM champions will tell us that either pain relief can cause dependence of some level. The level of use of THC can offset symptoms; the above article states how the opioid will alleviate and rearrange the pain receptors in the central nervous system, to a tolerance level that the patient can adjust by Taking more pills.
Oral administration of liquid THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), under the tongue or sublinqual will deliver a slow and even rate of metabolizing and send messages to the brain to quite the pain receptors and relax the nerve endings, stressing here that the Mayo Clinic is vested in pain management for cancer patients and the side effect from the palliative care the patients receive while trying to achieve remission they must eat, the treatments make patients sick, THC makes that bearable in may patients. Investigative solutions are what the Mayo Clinic is stating here as the language can become a challenge for some to comprehend what conditions or diseases fall under a category for these treatments.
Other conditions may benefit from the various forms of THC, pills, oils, butter, as well as the smoked cannabis. Lets state here that the type grown in fields in the states where hemp is legal to grow is for clothes, paper and will save what is left of the rain forests by not eliminating any more forests for domestic products when hemp is better, cheaper to process and exportable for a profit.
Multiple sclerosis, has issues with specifically neuropathic pain, muscle spasms, and urinary symptoms, as research suggests that cannabinoids can benefit patients, as stated in the article from the Mayo Clinic link,
Epilepsy a conditions that is being used in investigating other treatment paths for those afflicted by these disorders or disease depending on how that language is stated, will determine what the physician can prescribe. Epileptic seizures can be lessened with the anti-seizure medications and the MM prescription in whatever the most effective dose and form would be liquid-oil sublinqual, in rare cases it is prescribed to smoke with patients that have a compromised immune systems.
Additionally experimental results in Insomnia, where canniboids may improve sleep quality
Schizophrenia, had inconclusive results.
Children in most states are not eligible to receive a prescription for symptom care for a childhood disorder, have your healthcare professional help you connect with the right sources to obtain information for a loved one to become a MM patient.
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