Legal medical industry in Arizona
Certain branches of the Arizona medical field have the privilege and distinction of being legally authorized to recommend medical marijuana to patients. As a new initiative, questions abound as to eligibility requirements and how to best gauge a patient’s need for the medicine. The Arizona Hemp Center is here to answer your questions, provide the latest and most pertinent information, and also offer memberships to link eligible doctors with trusted dispensary owners across the state.
Medical marijuana has been researched extensively by the medical community, and resulted in hundreds of reports and studies (both positive and negative) in the last few decades. Many of these studies have concluded what almost all medical marijuana patients have suspected: that medical marijuana and various medical marijuana extracts can prove to be extremely effective in relieving pain and other symptoms of certain conditions.
"Smoked Cannabis for Chronic Neuropathic Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial"
Written by Mark Ware, MD for the Canadian Medical Association Journal in August 2010, Dr. Ware tested the effect of three 25-mg medical marijuana inhalations, taken daily throughout a five day period by patients suffering from post-traumatic or post-surgical neuropathic pain. He discovered that those who consumed the highest potency medical cannabis, 9.4% tetrahydrocannabinol, reduced pain and improved their sleep.
"Review of Human Studies on Medical Use of Marijuana"
Written in 1996 Dale H. Gieringer, Ph.D, wrote extensively about the positive effects of medical marijuana. Most importantly was the conclusion that smoked marijuana is best used as an antinauseant for cancer chemotherapy. Moreover, Gieringer established that marijuana is also useful as an anticonvulsant for spinal injuries, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and other conditions, and that the lack of a substance called Cannabidiol in Marional may mean it is less effective than the natural plant. Marional is the synthetic form of another substance found in cannabis called THC.
"Clinical Pharmacokinetics of Cannabinoids"
Published by Franjo Grotenhermen, who is best known for writing the book "Cannabis and Cannabinoids. Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutic Potential," Gieringer’s study, that medical marijuana is established to be highly effective to relieve nausea caused by chemotherapy. Additionally it is widely understood in certain medical pockets that medical marijuana is effective for reducing pains caused by spinal cord injury and MS in particular, as well as other conditions.
Lastly, a very comprehensive resource you can also refer to is the “Marijuana as Medicine?: The Science Beyond the Controversy” book based on the 1999 IOM report “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. ” The book was recommended by the Arizona Department of Health Services to physicians who are interested in knowing the benefits medical marijuana has to offer to their patients.
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