Cannabis is one of the most commonly used drugs in America, but it also has the potential to be among the most beneficial. In this blog, we explore why cannabis is so important for everyone and why legalization should be a goal for anyone looking to improve their health. Without further ado, read on!
Cannabis in America: What's it all about?
Many people think that legal marijuana use refers only to smoking weed or ingesting edible products like brownies or candies. But legalized marijuana can also include topical creams and oils that you can put on your skin, as well as vaporizers that offer major benefits for those who want to change how they engage with cannabis without inhaling any smoke whatsoever.
Let's take a quick look at a few of the many ways that cannabis can be used by the general population.
Cannabis in Edibles
Edibles come in many forms, but they typically have a few of the same common qualities:
- They are processed, usually with fats and oils.
- They have an almost immediate and strong effect on the body.
Cannabis edibles can be made into cookies, brownies, candies or any number of other baked products. They tend to contain more THC than CBD and are often recommended for people who find smoking too difficult due to medical conditions. Some edibles contain both THC and CBD.
CBD edibles are exactly what they sound like, marijuana products that contain CBD instead of THC.
They have a much milder effect on the body and mind than THC edibles, but they are still very effective for providing pain relief or other benefits to the user. Because CBD edibles aren't euphoric in nature, they can be particularly helpful as an alternative for medical patients who want to ease pain or combat nausea without getting high.
Topicals tend to be creams and oils that people rub directly onto their skin. They are non-psychoactive and can be used to treat various types of pain and muscle soreness.
Vaporizers are popular cannabis devices that allow users to get the benefits of cannabis without having to inhale any smoke.
The variety of vaporizers on the market offer different levels of convenience and efficiency, but they provide an excellent option for medical patients who want a healthy way to get high. Vaporizing has been linked with other health benefits too, including better pH balance and lowered risk of lung infections.
Cannabidiol oil (CBD) is a cannabis oil that has very high concentrations of CBD, which is the cannabinoid that researchers think can treat a large number of serious conditions. Medical marijuana patients may use it to ease pain, inflammation and nausea.
Marijuana has been used in the U.S. for decades for both recreational and medicinal purposes.
While it remains illegal on a federal level, many states have already decriminalized or legalized its use in some form. Nearly every state allows physicians to prescribe marijuana in some form, but most also limit the number of chronic conditions patients can claim to qualify for a prescription.
Medical cannabis advocates say that it can be used to relieve chronic pain, to help people who suffer from serious illnesses to get more rest, and even to help maintain the appetites of cancer patients.
Cannabis in Healthcare: A Growing Field
The use of cannabis is growing rapidly in the healthcare field because it offers a number of potential benefits that pharmaceuticals cannot match.
Medical marijuana has been proven to be helpful for:
- those suffering from serious illness
- relieving nausea
- people with sleep disorders
- those who have eating difficulties, or loss of appetite
- relieving chronic pain, and so much more.
Many medical professionals routinely recommend the use of cannabis for a wide variety of ailments because it's such an effective treatment option.
What's even more promising for the future of medicinal cannabis is that new and effective treatments are being discovered all the time. There are a number of medical studies underway right now to determine how cannabis (in particular, CBD) can treat everything from epilepsy to depression and beyond.
With the dramatic improvements that we've seen in the past decade or so, it will only be a matter of time before many of these studies come to fruition.
Legalization and other legalization efforts have been set into motion at the federal level and in many states that are already self-legalizing.
In some places, cannabis is being used by governments to cut costs for other programs, while others are simply creating new revenue streams from selling cannabis products. It's an all-encompassing movement that has demonstrated real results—but it's not over yet!
The next step for those interested in reform is to work together to get laws changed at the state level. Thirty-eight states have already legalized the use of medical marijuana, and many more states will pass similar laws in the near future.
A handful of states have already legalized recreational marijuana, but others are still struggling to overcome the political obstacles in order to make it happen. Once this is achieved, cannabis will be a fully legal substance that can be obtained legally and safely.
It's time to make a difference!
In our society, cannabis is a widely popular drug—but it's not the only drug that many people use. Many people are addicted to other substances, including alcohol, opioids and even prescription medications.
If your life is in disarray, you might want to consider trying one or more of the numerous ways that cannabis can help you. It's an important part of every person's health and will become an even more important part of our future!
What states have legalized marijuana?
Recreational cannabis is allowed in these states for adults 21 years and over. Each state is different in how it regulates the use of marijuana. For states not listed above, recreational use of cannabis is either decriminalized, a misdemeanor, or illegal.
Proponents argue that marijuana should be regulated like alcohol—that people should be able to consume it in any way they desire—while opponents also argue that legalizing recreational cannabis will create a huge black market for marijuana and lead to more people being arrested for simple possession. They also say that there could be increased risk of opioid abuse with legalization of medical marijuana.
Taking the next step!
In conclusion, cannabis offers a fantastic number of health and wellness benefits that are proving to have real, tangible effects on users both young and old. As more research is conducted, there will be even more ways to use cannabis as a natural treatment for medical conditions.
The future of this incredible plant looks brighter than ever!
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