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Is Medical Marijuana Right for You?

Using marijuana for its therapeutic benefits is hardly new; ancient cultures primarily grew the plant as herbal medicine, starting in Asia around 500 BC. 

Marijuana started to attract attention in modern medicine because it contains several naturally occurring cannabinoids. Two of these compounds are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), which offer numerous therapeutic benefits.

Our board-certified internal medicine team at Murphy Medical Associates offers a wide variety of primary care services, including medical marijuana. Here’s what you need to know about the medical uses of THC and CBD and whether it’s time to consider this form of treatment for yourself.

The medical benefits of marijuana

There’s a lot of confusion around medical marijuana and its components, but know this: When prescribed by a licensed practitioner, medicinal-grade marijuana relies on specific amounts of THC and CBD to manage certain conditions — especially pain.

THC

Most people associate marijuana with a feeling of euphoria, or a “high.” This relaxed state comes from THC. The overall goal of medical marijuana, however, is always to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. It isn’t about getting “high.” 

CBD

Unlike THC, CBD has few, if any, chemical compounds that alter consciousness. Instead, it produces changes in your body and brain receptors that can ease several symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.

While THC and CBD offer many of the same medical benefits, each one can be more effective in dealing with certain issues than others. For example, if you suffer from chronic migraines or seizures, we might recommend higher levels of CBD. THC, on the other hand, can provide better relief from issues like glaucoma and muscle spasms.

How medical marijuana works

To provide the best results, you take specific combinations of THC and CBD, depending on your condition and symptoms. These formulas come in different forms that you take in different ways, including:

Since each formula can interact with your body differently, we make personalized recommendations on a case-by-case basis. 

When to consider medical marijuana

The therapeutic benefits of THC and CBD can relieve a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. They include:

Sometimes, medical marijuana can even provide a safe and natural option to help with dependence, addiction, or substance abuse problems. 

Medical marijuana also comes with few side effects and is impossible to overdose on. And, if you have ulcers, kidney problems, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, it’s a safe alternative to over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

To see if medical marijuana is right for you, contact one of our convenient locations in Greenwich, Stamford, and Stratford, Connecticut, by calling or requesting an appointment online today. You can also send a message to the team here on our website.

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