What is medical cannabis used for?

Medical cannabis is used to treat a number of different conditions, including:

How does it help?

 

Cannabinoids — the active chemicals in medical marijuana — are similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain.

Research suggests cannabinoids might: 

• Reduce anxiety
• Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
• Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy
• Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
• Relax tight muscles in people with MS
• Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS

 

 

How do you take it?

Medical cannabis may be consumed in different ways:

• Traditionally by smoking the flower

• Inhaling medical cannabis extract through a device called a vaporizer that turns it into a mist

• Orally, by eating medical cannabis extract infused within an edible or placing a few drops of medical cannabis extract under your tongue

• Topically, by applying it to your skin in a lotion, spray, oil, or cream

Each method works differently in your body. If you smoke, vaporize or sublingually consume cannabis, you feel the effects relatively quickly. If you eat it, it may take significantly longer as it can take 1 to 2 hours to experience the effects from edible products.