The world has come a long way with regards to how we see marijuana. It used to be seen as a good natural remedy for a variety of conditions, then the situation changed and certain powerful industries tried – and succeeded – to demonize marijuana in the eyes of the public. As a result of this, we have gone through several decades of harsh prohibition laws.
Today though, things are changing yet again – there’s been a serious move to change the public perception on marijuana, and it has succeeded to a large extent. We can see more and more governments legalizing the plant for either medical purposes, recreational ones, or both, and it seems to be getting better by the day.
So if you have medical conditions that regular medication is failing to address, you should look into marijuana as a possible alternative. Sure, it won’t work for everyone and for every condition – but you don’t really lose much from trying. For example, if you’re suffering from anxiety, trouble sleeping, migraines, epileptic seizures, or a wide range of other conditions, you may be eligible for a medical marijuana card in certain countries like Canada.
Obtaining such a card is a relatively straightforward process and you’ll simply need to state what you’re suffering from, and let a physician evaluate you. After receiving your card, you’ll be able to freely purchase marijuana at specified shops (called dispensaries), although there might be some limitations on how much you can buy at a time, and where you can use it. For the most part, you’ll have to smoke it in the privacy of your own home, as doing so in public places may still be punishable by law.
Keep in mind that marijuana is not a magic plant and it won’t solve all your problems – and it also has some downsides which you have to think about. For one thing, smoking it can still harm your lungs and throat, although to a lesser extent than tobacco smoke. It’s still smoke though, and that by itself is never good for your body. There are alternative methods for consuming marijuana which can remove that problem though – such as vaporizers and edibles.
Vaporizers are devices which heat up the plant mass to a certain temperature where it releases its active components without any combustion. This means that you’ll be inhaling pure cannabis vapors, with none of the harsh smoke that accompanies them with regular smoking. On the other hand, you can also prepare certain foods with marijuana, which, when eaten, will give you the desired effect. Although you should be careful with the last method – the “high” you’ll get is much different, lasting for many hours instead of just an hour or two, and it’s recommended that you plan ahead very carefully before eating anything containing cannabis.
And last but not least, be responsible! While it’s true that marijuana is not physically addictive, you can still develop a habit for it, and this might impact your life negatively. If you’re using marijuana, do it to treat a problem, not just to sit around high all day doing nothing.