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Medical Marijuana: How It Works and What It Manages in Missouri

Jimmy Rustling
Written by Jimmy Rustling

Marijuana or cannabis is a plant that is used for medical reasons and produces fiber, specifically hemp fiber. People use parts of the marijuana plant for its soothing properties in managing chronic pain and for pleasure or recreation.

There are various ways of using Cannabis, but we will focus on the use of medical cannabis. If you live in the state of Missouri, here is a comprehensive guide to Missouri medical cannabis.

Is Cannabis Legal in Missouri?

According to HuffPost, marijuana has been legalized for personal use in 5 states across the United States. In Missouri, medical cannabis is legal, but the herb is illegal for recreation or personal use.

The conditions that qualify for medical cannabis in Missouri include cancer, glaucoma, and chronic and terminal illnesses. Also, epilepsy and migraines that do not respond to other medications qualify.

Laws and Licensing

The Department of Health and Senior Services in Missouri gives a guide to Missouri medical cannabis. The department supervises the state’s medical cannabis program. It also supervises applications and licensing for caregivers, patients, and businesses.

The license application cost for caregivers and patients is $25 to apply for medical cannabis. A patient’s cultivation license goes for $102. Owing to such authorization efforts, cannabis does not seem as offensive as it once did, and it may be time to reconsider marijuana and taxes.

Understanding Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis is the medical application of the plant to ease symptoms of or manage conditions and illnesses. Some of the components of Cannabis have mind-altering properties, but others do not.

As such, medical cannabis uses cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for treatment purposes. The biggest proof for the healing effects of marijuana is its capacity to soothe chronic pain, vomiting, and nausea caused by chemotherapy.

How Does It Work?

The active ingredients in medical marijuana – CBD and THC – resemble chemicals the body produces that trigger memory, appetite, pain, and movement. Therefore, limited studies propose that CBD and THC could:

  • Ease stress and anxiety.
  • Reduce swelling and relieve discomfort.
  • Control vomiting and nausea.
  • Eliminate cancer cells and slow the development of tumors.
  • Relax tense muscles in patients with multiple sclerosis.
  • Rouse appetite and boost weight gain for AIDS and cancer patients.

Medical cannabis also received lots of attention a couple of years back when people cited that a certain strain of marijuana helped regulate seizures in their kids. The Food and Drug Administration permitted Epidiolex, derived from CBD, as a cure for patients with difficult-to-treat or very severe seizures.

How Is It Taken?

The guide to Missouri medical cannabis suggests that medical cannabis can be inhaled, eaten in a brownie or candy, smoked, applied topically, or taken as liquid drops.

Every method operates in a different way in a person’s body. Eating it takes longer (up to one or two hours) to feel the effects on the body. However, a patient can experience the effects quicker if he or she vaporizes or smokes the cannabis.

 

Sources:

www.veriheal.com/missouri

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/marijuana-legalization-ballot-initiatives_n_5f9b1c2cc5b6e9dcc98bbe8d

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2020/04/20/on-420-its-high-time-to-rethink-marijuana–taxes/?sh=38075c3da345

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Jimmy Rustling

Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.