The controversial topic of marijuana has been a large topic in the government recently. There are many misconceptions about the plant and how it can benefit everyone from all ages. Retirees can benefit from medical marijuana in various ways. If you haven’t considered the possibility of a medical marijuana card, it may be time to read about the multitude of ways that it can benefit you and your body.
What is Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana is the buds of a pure version of a naturally grown cannabis plant. These were grown in a stable, monitored environment equipped to get the most positive chemicals in the buds as possible. These chemicals, called cannabinoids, can enhance your health significantly. The two most vital chemicals in medical marijuana are tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD. Both have the same chemical makeup of 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms, but because of their arrangements, each have different effects.
Let’s glance at what higher THC or CBD levels contribute.
THC reacts to the receptors in your brain that induce psychoactive effects. Now, psychoactive does not mean psychedelic, and that is very important. Psychoactive means it affects your mental processing, while psychedelics cause altered states of perception. THC does not cause hallucinations, unlike psychedelics, so you will always be in control of what is occurring in your body. THC will make you feel the typical “high” that you get after consuming marijuana. In clinical studies, THC was proven to inhibit tumor growth linking to a lower cancer rate, stimulate appetite and reverse nausea, improve your pain, aid insomnia, prevent seizures, and many other benefits.
Some individuals may not want that mind-numbing feeling that a THC high gives them, and thankfully CBD is not psychoactive. CBD levels in marijuana can aid in various adverse physical and mental health problems including anxiety, seizures, inflammation and pain, arthritis, PTSD, diabetes, and many more. Like THC, CBD has anti-cancer properties that can reduce tumor size and fight cancer. CBD induces a much more relaxed state than THC will.
With medical marijuana, you are able to choose which strains, or kinds of marijuana you prefer. Some may have a higher THC content than CBD, and some can be the opposite. You and your physician can determine, based on your health needs, which one is more beneficial.
What Conditions can Medical Marijuana Help
Medical marijuana can help a multitude of patients, including plenty of retirees. Currently, there are a variety of conditions that allow the access to a medical marijuana card. While conditions can vary by state or location, generally, the following are conditions which would allow access include but are not limited to:
Do You Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card?
There are a variety of factors that qualify you for a medical marijuana card. If you are interested in receiving a card, you must qualify first. In order to be accepted, you must:
Live in a state that has legalized medical marijuana
Have a condition listed as a qualifying condition in your state
Approval from a consenting practitioner
Let’s look through these qualifications in depth.
Live in a State that has Legalized Medical Marijuana
To date, the states that offer legalized medical marijuana include Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, and West Virginia. These states allow you to use marijuana with the possession of a medical marijuana card.
Have a Condition Listed as a Qualifying One
As mentioned previously, different qualifying conditions vary from location to location. Check with your physician to determine whether your state allows you to receive a medical card based on your specific condition. For a few common conditions that qualify in some locations, read the section of this article titled “What Conditions can Medical Marijuana Help”. For an all-inclusive list, check out your individual state’s qualifying conditions here.
Approval from a Consenting Physician
If you live in a state that legalized medical marijuana and have a qualifying condition that allows you to receive a medical marijuana card, you have to visit a physician who is legally able to recommend you receive one. If your current physician isn’t qualified, they can help you locate one through their databases, or you can do your own online research.
Don’t Live in a Medical Marijuana State?
If you don’t live in a location that has legalized medical marijuana, have pain, or don’t want to go through the process of obtaining approval for a medical card, there are some states that have legalized marijuana altogether. This means that as long as you are of age, which retirees are, you can obtain marijuana legally. These states include Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. For these locations, you can openly walk into a shop and purchase marijuana.
If your state was not listed through either fully legal or medicinally legal marijuana, unfortunately there is no way you can legally use marijuana to help any conditions you are experiencing.
Alternatively, some states may have CBD laws that allow you to use it in certain circumstances. These states include Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Be wary, though, as these laws are often very restrictive. Be sure to look into your local CBD laws if you live in any of these states and are looking for relief.
Ways to Consume
Once you have obtained a medical marijuana card, you have a variety of options of how to consume or take your appropriate dosage. The ways you can take medical marijuana include:
Smoking Flower or Concentrates
Tinctures and Tonics
Let’s look into the specific ways to take your medical marijuana and their benefits.
Smoking Flower or Concentrates
Smoking flower, or the buds of marijuana itself, is one of the most common form of consuming medical marijuana. Ways of smoking flower include using rolling papers, similar to a cigarette, or using different pieces like various kinds of pipes.
Concentrates, also known as taking dabs, are a form of smoking purely concentrated THC. It is in the form of an oil, and you need a specific kind of rig to smoke these. Concentrates are often stronger than flower and can produce a more powerful effect.
Smoking can cause lung pain, as you are directly inhaling the smoke from the flower or concentrate. For those who don’t like the idea of possible lung aggravation, there are plenty of other options.
Tinctures and Tonics
Tinctures are made of concentrated medical marijuana in an alcohol solution. These are in liquid form. You can consume tinctures by adding it into your food, or directly taking the tincture by using the included dropper and directly “drinking” it.
Similarly, tonics are drinks that come cannabis infused. This is a less common form of consuming your medical marijuana, but it works just as well.
Vaporizing medical marijuana is similar to smoking, but instead of inhaling the smoke produced, the flower or material is heated and releases vapor from the plant. You simply put your material into the vaporizer’s chamber and power it on. It will heat to a high temperature and cause the feel-good chemicals to evaporate. This is a healthier way to smoke your medical marijuana, as it avoids combustion and focuses on purely inhaling the evaporated vapor.
Another common way to consume medical marijuana is through edibles. These are food items that are infused with both THC and CBD. Edibles produce a delayed effect and are therefore slightly more difficult to portion out. Some forms of edibles include baked goods like brownies and cookies, and sweets like gummy bears and candy.
If you experience muscle pain or contractions, there are moisturizers, lotions, and salves that can reduce inflammation, burns, and contractions when applied directly to the skin. This is a great way to achieve a relaxed body.
Medical Marijuana for Retirees
It’s never too late to receive pain treatment in a natural form like medical marijuana. Regardless of your age, cannabis can aid the human body and prevent unwanted pains or the progression of already painful conditions. Consider applying for a medical marijuana card if you meet all of your state’s requirements. Retirement can be tough and stressful, and medical cannabis can ease the tension or pain your life is causing you so you can finally enjoy your years after working for so long.
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