What Is Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana is the dried leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of the Cannabis Sativa plant shredded to tobacco. The two main ingredients of marijuana are THC which produces psychoactive effects and is the cannabinoid tested to measure potency of medical marijuana and CBD which is the pain-relieving cannabinoid. The effects of medical marijuana depend on the ratio of THC to CBD it contains.
How Is Medical Marijuana Used?
Medical marijuana can either be smoked or ingested. Marijuana can be rolled into tobacco paper to produce a ‘Joint’ or pushed into a hollowed out cigar wrapper producing a ‘blunt’. Smoking pipes and water pipes (bongs) are also common methods of smoking marijuana. Patients can also use a vaporizer to inhale marijuana or eat edibles laced with marijuana such as baked goods, sauces, gel-caps, capsules, melting strip and candies.
How Long Does Medical Marijuana Stay In Your System?
The answer to this question is, “It depends.” Factors causing variances in effect include your own metabolic rate, the amount of THC in the marijuana the strain and how much you consume. Traces of marijuana can be found in your saliva up to 3 days after use, your urine up to 30 days after use and your hair up to 90 days after use. Patients must understand the different effects Indicas and Sativas have on their body and choose their strain base on that effect.
What Are The Strains Of Medical Marijuana?
Sativa – For Daytime Use
Sativas have a high THC to CBD ratio that results in a floating and energetic feeling. The effects of sativa are mostly cerebral with patients reporting feeling focused, energized and inspired. Sativas provide significant pain relief for many symptoms and create feelings of optimism and well-being. Sativas work well with patients who are creative. Common strains of Sativa include Silver Haze, Sour Diesel and Blue Dream. Sativas are known for treating multiple sclerosis, Tourette’s syndrome and glaucoma.
Indica – For Nighttime Use
Indicas have a high CBD to THC ratio that results in a calm and relaxing feeling. Indicas provide overall body paid relief and works well in treatment of insomnia. Patients report indicas as relaxing, sleep-inducing, stress and pain relieving as well as being effect against nausea. Common strains of Indica include Hindu Kush, Master Kush and OG Kush. Indicas are known for treating anxiety, inflammation, schizophrenia, nausea and convulsions.
Does Medical Marijuana Affect Driving Abilities?
Yes, yes, yes!!! Even low doses of medical marijuana can impair your driving motor skills, judgment, concentration, perception and slows your visual adjustment to changes in light.