Medical cannabis consists of the unprocessed plant and its essential extracts to treat symptoms of certain illnesses and conditions. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the plant nor its extracts as medicine, many scientific studies have shown that cannabinoids help in the treatment of many medical conditions including agitation from Alzheimer’s, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, epilepsy and much more.
Why Has Medical Cannabis Not Been Approved by the FDA?
Before the FDA approves any medication, carefully conducted clinical studies and trials must be conducted. Many thousands of test subjects are used to determine the benefits and risks of a possible new medication. To date, an insufficient number of trials have been conducted that show the benefits of the plant as opposed to the cannabinoid ingredients.
What Are Cannabinoids?
The body produces natural cannabinoid chemicals. These chemicals play a significant role in regulating appetite, pain, the senses, pleasure, and memory. The hemp plant contains over 100 cannabinoids, two of which are of intense medical interest and study; THC and CBD.
THC is known to be an appetite stimulant, and it reduces nausea and its effects. THC also is helpful in the suppression of pain, swelling, and muscle control problems.
Unlike THC, CBD does not induce a feeling of euphoria. The extract known as CBD is used extensively in medical cannabis products. As it does not induce a euphoric experience, varieties containing a high concentration of CBD are not popular for recreational consumption. However, people near Glenview who have epilepsy, MS, Tourette’s syndrome, or other debilitating conditions use it for symptom relief.
Scientists continue to conduct intensive clinical trials with medical cannabis and the extracts from it. These trials are focused on such debilitating conditions as HIV/AIDS, inflammation, seizures and mental disorders.
If you are suffering from a condition that can be helped with the use of medical cannabis in Glenview, visit Greenhouse where you will find it in various forms. For further information, visit online.
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