How Marijuana Can Be Used Medicinally

One nice feature of marijuana is its medicinal uses. For example, people use marijuana for pain, depression, arthritis, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia and much more. Here’s a look at how to go about it. First things first: You may not even have to leave home.

Order Your Marijuana for Delivery, or Order Online to Skip the Lines

Many people who take marijuana for arthritis and other conditions prefer that their marijuana be delivered. That way, they don’t have to put themselves through physical pain or emotional stress to get to a store. That’s a big reason Mankind Dispensary offers delivery services. Alternatively, customers can place online orders for in-store pickup and skip the lines.

Of course, if you have lots of questions about medicinal marijuana, you may prefer to come in person. Please do! Our staffers are happy to assist.

Know the Conditions Marijuana May Help With

Marijuana helps with a variety of conditions, but its efficacy varies from person to person. Effectiveness also depends on the dosage amount, method of consumption and other factors. That said, people generally report positive results when taking marijuana for depression and these other issues:

  • Arthritis
  • Pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Spasticity
  • Nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy
  • Anxiety
  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Tight muscles (such as those in people with multiple sclerosis)
  • Lack of appetite
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Underweight

People with Crohn’s disease, Tourette’s, seizures, autism, HIV, chronic illness, cancer and many other conditions take marijuana to help with their symptoms and sometimes, the underlying condition. Marijuana can relax people who struggle in general with social anxiety, stress and other issues.

At Mankind Dispensary, our medicinal cannabis products alleviate these issues along with PTSD, chronic pain, insomnia, nausea, appetite loss and ADHD. One product, Jayden’s Juice Tinctures, was even developed by a father to help his child with autism and epilepsy symptoms.

Consider the Method of Consumption and the Dosage Amount

Each method of consumption has its pros and cons. Smoking and vaporizing allow you to feel the effects quickly, but they disappear faster. Plus, these two methods are not ideal for people with asthma or other lung/respiratory issues. Also, lung damage is possible in the long term. Meanwhile, the effects of edibles can take as long as two hours to manifest, but they last for hours.

As for dosage amount, consuming too much marijuana can lead to side effects such as anxiety, lethargy or dry mouth. Start with smaller doses to test your tolerance. Tinctures (placing drops under your tongue) are an excellent way to find your ideal dose and to save money overall.

  • Tinctures: Especially good for flare-ups of pain that call for quick relief. Take the drops under your tongue for quick effects that last about 90 minutes. Drop-by-drop dosing allows you to calibrate your minimum effective dose so you do not spend money unnecessarily. Tinctures are low calorie, discreet and have long shelf lives. Nor do you get a “high.” You can also use tincture drops to make edibles and topicals.
  • Topicals: Good for pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, cancer-related symptoms and other concerns. Do make sure your oil has CBD in it. Like with tinctures, you won’t experience a high.
  • Sprays: Help with a wide variety of conditions, including chronic pain and sore muscles. Sprays are fast-acting and for topical use only.
  • Edibles, pills and capsules: Particularly good for insomnia, spasms, pain relief and nausea. Like tinctures, edibles are discreet and convenient. They do take longer to kick in but last a good while. They are good choices for insomnia due to the longer-lasting effects. However, because of the delay in feeling the effects, it can be hard to experiment with dosage amounts. Edibles, due to their higher calorie count, may not be friendly for some people on diets.
  • Smoking: Good when quick relief is needed and no lung and respiratory issues are in play. However, many people taking marijuana for health problems avoid smoking because of the substances they may inhale.
  • Vaping: Good for quick relief, and you may be exposed to a smaller amount of toxic byproducts compared with smoking. People with lung or respiratory issues who want to vape should invest in a quality vaporizer.

With medicinal marijuana, the focus is on treating or relieving symptoms rather than on achieving a high. That’s why tinctures and edibles are so popular.

Speak with Your Doctor

The sales staff at stores such as Mankind Dispensary are not doctors. They can make product recommendations based on the symptoms you describe, but you should still get expert, professional opinions. So, speak with a doctor as well. This holds whether you are considering medical marijuana or recreational marijuana for medicinal purposes. Doctors take into account your medical history and the medications you are taking. Marijuana can mix with your medications and cause unexpected side effects.

Your doctors can recommend which form of marijuana you should use—if you should smoke it, eat it, apply it to your skin, inhale it or place a few drops under your tongue (or even if you should explore another method). Of course, store staffers are available for additional perspectives.

Take Charge of Your Life

Depression, insomnia, pain, arthritis and other conditions plague many people. Fortunately, marijuana can help in mild, moderate and severe cases. Delivery is a fantastic option, especially when you’re physically unable to go to a store. Speak with your doctor and store sales staff about how to consume your marijuana and the specific products to use. Medical marijuana has the potential to transform your life like it has for many other people.

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