The Marijuana Plant (known as Cannabis Sativa) produces two active substances known as cannanabinoids: CBD (a non-psychoactive substance) and THC (the substance in marijuana that produces a “high”).
CBD (cannabinoid oil) works with areas on the brain that give the person using them pain relief, decreased stress and anxiety, improvement of sleep disorders, decreased inflammation and arthritis symptoms and often benefit to reduce excessive brain activity causing seizures. It contains little to no THC and does NOT require a prescription. As it does not affect the brain as marijuana does, there is no “high” involved and it is a natural treatment for many of the issues above. Our office maintains stock in oral drops for under the tongue and topical for joint pains. As of now, we do not carry the tablet or inhaled formulation. Often the CBD is extracted from the stalk of different varieties of the Cannibus plant while THC comes from the flower and leaves of the plant.
THC, the substance found in Marijuana, is the psychoactive compound found in the buds, flower and leaves of the plant. It comes in various types of strains that can be used for the benefit of nausea, severe back pain, chronic intractable pain, PTSD, insomnia, pain from illness and cancer, skeletal pain and muscle pain and spasms. THC can be inhaled, in oral or edible formulations, and can be made into a “butter”. If appropriate, we can PRESCRIBE medical marijuana for inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns and Ulcerative Colities), withrdrawl from opiates, our patient’s given the severity of illness both physical and emotional. Once your Medical Marijuana Card is mailed to you by the state, you can then make appointments at the Medical Marijuana Disapensary (we will guide you to the best one), where they will help formulate the right strain specific to your needs.
Medical Marijuana has markedly decreased the use of opiates in NJ and has dropped the death rate due to opiate abuse dramatically. It can also be used to ease the withdrawl symptoms of those patients addicted to opiates.