Uses and Side Effects of Different Types of Medical Cannabis

Marijuana or cannabis is used by drug addicts to get a state of euphoria. Even though the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has listed marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, the same as heroin and ecstasy, recent researches have proved that there are legitimate health benefits of marijuana. Use of medical cannabis products helps people treat different conditions and diseases like glaucoma, sleep insomnia, loss of appetite, and clinical depression. Although it has genuine medical uses, it can still show some minor side effects just like any other drug. People need to know the types of cannabis, their uses, and benefits – and that's exactly what I've shared in this article.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
THC is a psychoactive drug, which means it affects the mind of its user. It is because of THC the user gets that ‘high' feeling. It acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). THC has been known to treat glaucoma, muscle spasticity, low appetite, and insomnia.

However, THC's side effects outweigh its benefits. Increased heart rate, slow response, memory loss, and having trouble with coordination are just a few of its side effects. It also affects teenagers by impairing their mental abilities because their brains are still developing.

Cannabidiol (CBD)
Unlike THC, CBD is not a psychoactive drug. CBD is becoming more common than THC. It has been known to relieve pain, help reduce symptoms of cancer, reduce anxiety and depression, and even have heart benefits. It also decreases sleep insomnia, making the body relaxed.

Unless taken in high doses, CBD is considered safe. However, it has been reported to cause diarrhea and fatigue in very few people. The recommended dosage is still unknown. Therefore, you should consider consulting with a doctor or check CBD dosage charts to see if it's the most suitable option for you.

Cannabinol (CBN)
CBN is created by heating and exposing THC to oxygen. It is not as psychoactive as THC, but, it still has intoxicating qualities. Similar to CBD, CBN also helps its user alleviate sleep insomnia. CBN is said to be a heavy sedative. Researchers at Steep Hill Lab claim that CBN is the most sedative of all cannabinoids. Aside from inducing sleep, it helps relieve pain and is anti-convulsive. Another study by Steep Hill Labs in 2008 unveiled that CBN has anti-bacterial properties as well.

It can have some side effects which might include drowsiness, dizziness, and loss of appetite. The side effects are easily avoided by taking prescribed doses of CBN. It is still under research, but its results are quite promising.

Many researchers believe it's best to use CBN and CBD together to get the most benefits. Since THC has more harmful effects than CBN or CBD, its use is decreasing over time. They have less adverse side effects than most other drugs. Therefore, you should consider consulting with a doctor or a cannabis researcher to see which one is suitable for you.


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