The use of marijuana in treatment of various ailments is not new. Its usage dates back years. Some of its uses include treatment of nausea and pain associated with cancer treatment and many other illnesses. Studies indicate that smoking of marijuana contain high content of carcinogens than smoking tobacco. Long time smoking of marijuana can lead to organ damage and impairment of cognition. Finding safer alternative medicine through the use of marijuana to treat ailments without compromising the ones health is critical.
Marijuana is mainly used for relieving pain. Studies indicate that, the efficacy of marijuana in relieving chronic or acute pain is as good as that of codeine. However, individuals may respond differently to different kind of medications. Therefore, patients should consult their doctors before using any form of alternative medicine in order to learn how they can react to the treatment plan.
Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy or those suffering from nausea may resort to using marijuana to reduce nausea. A number of medications exist in the market that can help in relieving nausea, including Zofran. But that drug has a potential of causing side effects and contraindications. Zofran should be used strictly under a doctor’s guidance. You can also find non-prescription alternative medicine for nausea. Some of these alternative treatments are harmless. These treatments may be ginger or lemon. The patient may squeeze the lemon into lemonade or slice the ginger and use it to make ginger ale or tea.
Users of marijuana may experience medication effects when THC binds in the brain and peripheral areas of the nervous system known as cannabinoid (CB1) receptors. Activation of these receptors results to the release of neurotransmitters. This in turn produces marijuana euphoric effects. However, activation of cannabinoid can also be activated by naturally occurring compounds in the brain known as endogenous cannabinoids. Artificial substances can also activate CB1 receptors as well. This has been demonstrated in an experiment published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. Although these results are encouraging, no experiment has been conducted to date, to test the efficacy and safety of these compounds in human beings.
Over time, the produced neurotransmitters due to activation of CB1 receptors break down. This leads to wearing off of the mediation in the blood stream. An alternative medicine that could block the decomposition of the neurotransmitters could serve as an alternative to marijuana. Organophoshate compounds could be the most appropriate. Studies indicate that, organophosphate materials successfully inhibit the decomposition of BC1 receptor neurotransmitters. Prolonging the time of decomposition of cannabinoids in the nervous system may offer similar benefits to that of marijuana. The only limitation is that, the drug has never been tested in human beings.