Updated on January 25, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
The benefits of marijuana for medicinal purposes are gaining serious traction with more than 1.2 million legal medical marijuana patients in the U.S. as of March 2016. They are using cannabis for a wide array of conditions, ranging from cancer to depression to neuropathic pain.
Many individuals who have been suffering from debilitating health conditions are turning to cannabis because they’re not getting the relief they need for their symptoms from traditional treatments and medications. Others are opting to use medical cannabis to help to deal with harsh treatment side effects — which are sometimes worse than the symptoms of the condition they have.
Medical marijuana is also known by the names cannabis, weed, pot and others. The “medical” part of the term, refers to the two cannabinoids in marijuana, THC and CBD, that have medicinal capabilities. As of April 2017, medical marijuana had been approved by 29 states to treat symptoms associated with conditions like glaucoma, AIDS and cancer. Studies are showing marijuana’s efficacy in treating some conditions and symptoms. Additionally, anecdotal reports from patients already benefiting from the herb are popping up all the time. Since states within the U.S. are only just starting to legalize the herb for medicinal purposes, these studies and patient reports are only just beginning.
If you’re wondering if medical cannabis can benefit you and if it’s the right choice of treatment for your medical condition, you’ll need to get a basic understanding about this potent herb and how you can legally reap the benefits of it for your health situation.
People have been using cannabis for almost 3,000 years for a whole range of health conditions. But, is medical marijuana legal? The answer is yes — in a growing number of states. As more and more states legalize weed for medicinal uses, acceptance of this plant continually increases throughout the U.S.
Here at MarijuanaDoctors.com, we created this comprehensive guide to educate you on medical marijuana. We hope that by the end of reading this guide and utilizing the vast resources on our website, you’ll have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about beginning this therapeutic treatment and the steps required to get started with medical cannabis.
In this in-depth medical marijuana guide, we’ll answer questions, such as:
This ultimate medical cannabis guide also provides a comprehensive section answering frequently asked questions about the herb. If you’ve had questions about your own about medical weed, such as:
This guide will answer them for you.