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What You Need to Know About Medicinal Marijuana and Cancer Treatment

How Is Medicinal Marijuana Used for Cancer Treatment?

Marijuana leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers are usually shredded and dried. This crude form of marijuana is most often smoked in pipes, homemade cigarettes, or hollowed-out cigars. It can also be combined with foods and eaten or made into tea.
 
There is also a more concentrated form of marijuana called hashish, which is a sticky, black liquid (hash oil). This is sometimes called marijuana oil or hemp oil. It is made using solvents and heat to remove the oil from the marijuana plant.
 
Because medicinal marijuana is illegal under federal law, pharmacies are prohibited from supplying it and doctors don't actually prescribe it. However, some states allow marijuana for medical use. In the states that allow this, doctors will "recommend" it to people who they believe could benefit from it. Then, the doctor will write a letter explaining the person's diagnosis and the recommended choice of cannabis as treatment.
 
You can also get a state-issued medical marijuana identification card. There has been a lot of controversy over this process, as some doctors will offer a recommendation in exchange for a cash payment.
 
Marijuana isn't given out through a conventional pharmacy, such as Walgreens or CVS, and insurance doesn't cover it.
 
Some people will grow their own marijuana. Others go to dispensaries, which can be legal depending on the laws of that particular state. These dispensaries are sometimes called cannabis clubs, co-ops, or collectives. People who are against these dispensaries contend that many will buy marijuana illegally and are open to abuse by people who don't need marijuana for medical reasons.
 
Once a person has a valid recommendation letter or ID card, he or she can go to a dispensary. There are different types of herbal marijuana and numerous marijuana-based products and prepared foods. Marijuana-laced edibles, such as cakes, cookies, chocolate, smoothies, and butter, are possible alternatives to smoking it. Because there is no standard dosage for marijuana, people are responsible for regulating their own intake.
 
Those who consume medical marijuana often smoke it. However, doing it this way does have some side effects, such as possible harm to the lungs. You can also eat marijuana-laced foods or use a vaporizer. A vaporizer is a type of device that burns marijuana at a lower level than when it's smoked. The THC that is released by the vaporizer may produce fewer harmful byproducts.
 
There are also vending machines, similar to the ones you can get a soda or candy bar from. A few locations in California now vend marijuana, although the access is strictly controlled. Medical marijuana dispensaries operate these machines, and you must complete a fingerprint scan and insert your ID card that is provided by the dispensary.
 
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