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What is medical marijuana?

On Behalf of | Jun 19, 2023 | Drug Crimes

Marijuana is one of the most discussed drugs due to its qualities. In Texas, recreational marijuana is still illegal, but eligible residents can access it for medical purposes. Physicians can prescribe low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis. But how does it work?

Here is what you need to know.

It relieves symptoms

Marijuana’s medicinal properties can relieve symptoms like pain, nausea and loss of appetite. In the state, marijuana is only allowed for people with epilepsy, seizure disorders, autism, terminal cancer, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spasticity, and incurable neurodegenerative diseases.

Patients are only allowed to swallow prescribed marijuana. They cannot smoke it.

Medical marijuana has low levels of THC, the chemical responsible for making people “high.” Therefore, one’s mind will not be affected after using prescribed medical marijuana, following their physician’s instructions.

Cannabidiol (CBD), the psychoactive substance that delivers the medical functions of marijuana, can’t make one “high.” It does not react with the cannabinoid (CB1) receptors in the brain as THC does. Hence, it’s a non-intoxicating compound.

Is it safe?

With the studies done so far, medical marijuana is safe. But more studies will give additional information. Nonetheless, the doses in the market are safe and have proved beneficial for people suffering from the conditions discussed above. Besides, before one receives a prescription, strict measures are observed. 

Can you become addicted to medical marijuana?

Although rare, medical marijuana has the potential to be addictive. One can be addicted to its effects, including loss of pain, improved appetite and so on. Thus, it should be used at minimal levels and stopped when one’s condition improves. 

Medical marijuana should not get you into trouble. However, if the police catch you with the drug for recreational purposes or charge you in error, you should consider legal guidance to defend yourself.