What Medicines is Marijuana Being Provided As an Alternative?

Living in one of the many states in which marijuana is now legal has allowed people to further explore the benefits of this great plant. Not only can the consumption of marijuana fuel creativity, it also has a myriad of increasingly well-known medicinal effects. Not only does it have cancer fighting properties, it can improve the quality of life of most adults suffering from constant pain, insomnia, and appetite issues.

One of the best ways to acquire this medicinal plant is by growing your own, although many will be put off thinking that it requires more knowledge than it’s worth. With the advent of Smart Garden technology, setting up and maintaining an indoor marijuana growing system is easier than ever. 

Here are some ways you can use your cultivated buds for their medicinal properties.

Marijuana as a Painkiller

Opioid painkillers have been fueling the opiate epidemic in recent years. Many doctors have been reported to have been needlessly handing out prescriptions to these highly addictive drugs, seemingly unconcerned about the societal effects. Thankfully, marijuana can replace the use of opiates as a mitigator for chronic pain. Both active chemicals Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabinoids (CBD) found in marijuana have been proven to have pain relieving effects. While there is some argument as to whether THC or CBD is causing the pain-relieving effects, a combination of the two seems to be most effective.

Be sure to shop around for strains which are known to have painkilling properties to grow in your indoor marijuana growing system. Also consider utilizing it in other forms such as edibles or for sublingual administration.

Breaking Opiate Habits

One of the most exciting things about marijuana being used as a painkiller is in reducing the necessity for opiates in our society. While it can completely replace some patient’s use, there are still those who need a mix of both. If you’re currently using more opiates than you’d like to be, then talk to your doctor about utilizing marijuana to complement or substitute some of those pills.

Marijuana as an Antiepileptic 

An often forgotten use for marijuana is as epileptic medication, due to its effective anticonvulsant properties. Several US states now recognize marijuana, or more specifically CBD, as effective treatment for both adult and child epilepsy. Further research needs to be done to explore its efficacy in more severe and alternative forms of epilepsy, but it does seem promising.

Be sure to speak with your doctor about how to effectively introduce CBD to your body to combat your epilepsy.

Marijuana as an Anti Anxiety Medication 

Anti Anxiety medication, much like painkillers, seems to have caused as many problems as it’s solved in recent years. And much the same, doctors seem all too happy to hand out these little happy pills to any and every American. For many people who have serious anxiety issues, marijuana may amplify these and cause paranoia. Although this is typically down to what the type of marijuana is, with sativa causing more of a head high which can amplify anxiety, whereas indica can help to relax the body and reduce anxiety.

Be sure to shop around for strains which boast anti-anxiety properties.

Marijuana as ADHD and ADD Medication

As with painkillers and anti-anxiety medication, stimulants which have been used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) have also been excessively handed out to concerned parents with little regard for the effects these powerful stimulants can have on young minds. Sativa strains of marijuana have shown to be effective in replacing these medications.

Marijuana as a Sleep Aid

Sleep deprivation is arguably one of the hardest things to deal with on a daily basis. Many forms of sleep aid are either ineffective or overtly effective, knocking you out cold for 8 – 12 hours straight. Even if these medications do knock you out, chances are you will wake up feeling just as tired and restless. Marijuana has long been utilized as a sleep aid by ‘stoners’ and ‘hippies’ who have found no solace in using chemicals to fight their insomnia. Most types of marijuana will have the relaxing effect required to initiate sleep, although indica strains may be more effective than sativa.

Grow it Yourself

The cheapest way to acquire marijuana for medicinal purposes is by cultivating your own in an indoor marijuana growing system. Although, don’t be intimidated by the amount of work that it apparently takes. By setting up a Smart grow room you will be able to automate much of the process, and monitor it from your phone wherever you go.