Are There Side Effects of Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana has been used for therapeutic and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. In fact, most ancient cultures grew the marijuana plant as herbal medicine. Americans have grown cannabis since early colonial days when hemp was used for textiles and rope. 

Yet the safety of the use of marijuana has been intensely debated over the last few decades, with some people advocating for the health benefits of medical marijuana and others warning of its side effects. 

So what is the truth? Are there side effects of medical marijuana? As with all medications, medical cannabis must be used responsibly and in proper quantities to provide the most benefits and the least side effects. Continue reading “Are There Side Effects of Medical Marijuana?”

How Medical Marijuana Helps with Spinal Cord Injuries

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI), you know all too well the devastating effects it can have on the quality of life. At least 450,000 Americans are living with a spinal cord injury, many with chronic pain that makes daily tasks nearly impossible. 

In the past, only prescription painkillers or surgery existed as treatment options. Now medical marijuana is legal in many states like Florida to help victims of spinal cord injuries manage their pain and live with their condition. 

What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury most often develops after a traumatic impact, such as a fall or a car accident. The vertebrae in the spine become fractured or compressed, leading to a limited range of motion or even paralysis. Victims of spinal cord injuries experience loss of sensation, function, and range of motion.  Continue reading “How Medical Marijuana Helps with Spinal Cord Injuries”