Is Medical Cannabis Right For You?
Many of us heard that medical cannabis can change lives and even save lives. However, for some reason, you may have been hesitant and unsure if it was the right choice for you. We are here to tell you that cannabis is probably the BEST treatment option for you.
Many prescription drugs, most of the time, do not heal. They simply mask symptoms and for short term relief it's great. Living with pain, nausea, discomfort etc... is not easy. At least you will be able to live normal life, but, what are the long-term side effects? A prescription drug, whether it is lyrica, prozac, zoloft, methotrexate, percocet or vicodin, is filled with harmful toxins that can actually cause more harm than good. These side effects include, nausea, upset stomach, cancer, addiction, weakened immune system, cardiovascular conditions and liver damage or failure. Those are not the only side effects, but those are a common few.
As a society, we've abandoned the principles in which we need in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. "Popping pills" have become the norm, however, that's not a healthy foundation to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It would be unfair to say that long term use of cannabis doesn't have any side effects, because then we'd just be lying to you. Those side effects are not nearly as harmful as traditional drugs.
Pennsylvania has approved over 15 debilitating conditions that can now be treated with medical cannabis. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has conducted the research, and realized that patients with these conditions can live a better life by using cannabis as medicine. Many patients with these conditions have had little to no success with prescriptions drugs.
Those conditions are:
- Crohn's Disease
- Huntington's Disease
- Parkinson's Disease
- Severe Chronic Pain
- Severe Intractable Pain
- Spinal Cord Disease
- Spinal Cord Injury
Since we've began helping patients understand the benefits of medical cannabis, a common concern we always hear is that people do not want to get "high". THC, one of the active components in cannabis, does have psychoactive effects. That is what causes that "high" feeling. The common misconception is that you will get high if you use cannabis. Cannabis can be consumed in several different ways - vaping, using topicals and oils are common methods of consumption. With these different cannabis extracts, you have the option of using a strain that has little to no THC in it. Which means, you can benefit from the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects. Great! Isn't it?
Cannabis is considered to be "modern medicine", however, it's actually one of the first medicines discovered. The first documented usages of cannabis dates all the way back to 10,000 years ago.
We hope that we've discussed some, if not all, of your concerns. Feel free to give us a call with more questions if you would like to further discuss is medical cannabis is right for you.