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How to Use Medical Marijuana for a Healthier Lifestyle

  • Many patients are using medical marijuana to find relief from a wide range of conditions.
  • Marijuana is a safer, more natural pain relief option than addictive, high-risk prescription drugs like opioids.
  • The wide variety of products and health benefits also make medical marijuana a unique therapeutic tool that can promote a more holistic approach to wellness and be tailored to any lifestyle.

What does a healthier lifestyle look like for you? Perhaps you want to ease your dependence on prescription medications and find a safer, non-addictive pain management option. Or maybe you want to sleep better, move easier, or just feel better, both physically and mentally.

If traditional Western medicine hasn’t been the right healing path for you, medical marijuana may be the alternative route you need to unlock a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Medical marijuana has lots to offer that other medications don’t: it’s natural, safe, and versatile. People across the country (and the world) have widely discussed the positive changes it’s made in their lives.

At TeleLeaf, we care about the end results, but we care more about your journey. To that end, we’ve compiled all the information you need on how to take the first step towards healthier, holistic healing with medical marijuana.

The Many Applications of Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana isn’t a footnote on a long list of potential treatment plans; it’s a legitimate and effective option for those wanting to manage their condition.

Medical marijuana has long been used by cancer and HIV/AIDS patients seeking a pain relief medication that reduces nausea and boosts appetite. A prescription drug made from cannabis has also been approved to treat people with epilepsy.

But that’s only a small piece of what medical marijuana has to offer.

Many states have now adopted wider medical marijuana programs that seek to provide treatment to more people in need. In fact, patients around the country use medical marijuana to treat and manage many different conditions, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

In many states, like Louisiana, you may be able to gain access to medical marijuana even if you don’t have one of these qualifying conditions. Louisiana medical card requirements state that if your doctor believes your condition is serious and that you would benefit from using medical marijuana, you can still receive a recommendation.

You can connect with a licensed medical marijuana doctor quickly and easily at TeleLeaf. Make a virtual appointment and get approved for a medical card as soon as today.

Medical Marijuana: A Natural Approach to Treatment

How does marijuana produce its pain-relieving and relaxing effects? It works alongside the natural system in your body that’s partially responsible for homeostasis—internal balance.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of receptors in the central and peripheral nervous systems that regulate hunger, pain, pleasure, and more. Natural compounds in your body called endocannabinoids can turn these receptors on—like cruise control or a thermostat.

But cannabis contains cannabinoids, too. And they’re similar enough to the ones in your body that they can interact with your ECS in the same way.

By activating these receptors, marijuana can:

  • Promote blissful and euphoric feelings
  • Increase appetite
  • Relieve pain and tension
  • Reduce inflammation and nausea
  • Make you drowsy

Unlike man-made prescription drugs, marijuana’s healing properties are built into the cannabis plant itself. It can’t get more natural than that.

Medical Marijuana vs. Prescription Opioids

Opioids are some of the most commonly prescribed medications for pain. But patients using opioids are at risk of dependence and high-impact side effects (like digestive distress).

Medical marijuana is an effective pain relief solution, but it’s more natural than opioids and much safer from a dependency standpoint alone. Plus, marijuana doesn’t just target pain, like opioids do. It offers more holistic healing by improving sleep, mood, and overall well-being.

Unlike opioids, marijuana:

  • Features very low dependence potential
  • Doesn’t make you nauseous
  • Won’t lead to an overdose

Many people use medical marijuana to reduce their dependence on opioids or stop using them altogether. If you’re currently taking opioids and want to try medical marijuana, you and your doctor can set a long-term treatment plan based on your desired lifestyle.

Using the Right Cannabis Products for Your Wellness Goals

Medical marijuana is highly versatile—it supports a wide range of health goals.

Think of medical marijuana as an umbrella term encompassing a diverse array of products made from different parts of the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant itself can be grown in a variety of ways, and contains hundreds of chemical compounds; each has its own medical benefits.

Finding the right products may be as simple as personal preferences, or you may wish to consult with a medical marijuana pharmacist to find out what products will best serve you on your healing journey.

THC Products

THC is the cannabis compound that produces the “high” people typically associate with marijuana. But when it comes to medical marijuana, users value its natural healing properties. At your first dispensary visit, you’re likely to encounter formulas containing:

  • Delta-9 THC – This is the most common type of THC found in marijuana. It’s particularly good at activating your endocannabinoid system, producing euphoric feelings while reducing nausea, boosting appetite, relieving pain, and stimulating immune responses.
  • Delta-8 THC – This variant is sometimes called “diet weed” because it has more modest psychoactive effects than delta-9 THC. Many users who experience anxiety when taking delta-9 say that delta-8 is the perfect alternative, providing relief without disrupting their day.

CBD Products

CBD is another well-known cannabinoid. It’s a favorite among patients looking to relax and relieve their pain without getting high.

Whether you don’t enjoy getting high or it’s simply inconvenient for your lifestyle, CBD is a great solution that still provides satisfying symptom relief.

CBD products most commonly fall into one of these categories:

  • CBD isolate is pure CBD, up to 99%. The high potency makes CBD isolate perfect for adding to foods, but you may be missing out on experiencing the healing effects of the other cannabis compounds that often come in non-isolated forms of CBD.
  • Full-spectrum CBD contains the full range of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including CBD. This is said to produce an entourage effect, which is an enhanced healing effect created when multiple cannabis compounds interact. (Note that there is also a small amount of THC present, but it’s always under the 0.3% maximum, so it won’t have any psychoactive effects.)
  • Broad-spectrum CBD also contains many different cannabis compounds along with CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD, however, does not include THC. If you still want to experience an entourage effect without consuming any THC, these products are for you.

Effective Smoking Alternatives

A common misconception about medical marijuana is that you have to smoke it. Some people enjoy smoking, but it’s not the simplest or most discreet option. And, if you have respiratory issues, smoking may be uncomfortable.

Fortunately, there are many other effective ways to use marijuana. The most popular options include:

  • Edibles like gummies, chocolate, and baked goods
  • Oils and tinctures to be consumed directly or cooked into food
  • Topical lotions and creams
  • Capsules

Because cannabis comes in so many forms, you can easily incorporate it into multiple parts of your daily routine for a healthier lifestyle. If you have sore joints, you can use a CBD lotion for relief; if you have trouble falling asleep, you can take an edible to unwind before bedtime. The options are nearly limitless.

TeleLeaf Is Here to Help You on Your Holistic Healing Journey

Holistic healing is the key to leading a healthier lifestyle, and medical marijuana doesn’t just treat specific conditions—it can improve multiple aspects of your life.

It all starts with a medical marijuana card recommendation from a licensed professional.

TeleLeaf provides compassionate, efficient, at-home service to current and prospective medical marijuana cardholders. Trust the more than 30,000 patients who have gained access to satisfying symptom relief with medical marijuana after a quick appointment with one of our doctors.

Schedule yours today, and unlock the healthier lifestyle that’s within reach.


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Medline Plus. Medical marijuana.
https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000899.htm

Marijuana Policy Project. Overview of the Louisiana Therapeutic Marijuana Act.
https://www.mpp.org/states/louisiana/overview-of-louisianas-medical-cannabis-law/

Healthline. A Simple Guide to the Endocannabinoid System.
https://www.healthline.com/health/endocannabinoid-system

Johns Hopkins Medicine. Opioids.
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/opioids

Journal of Cannabis Research. Delta-8-THC: Delta-9-THC’s nicer younger sibling?
https://jcannabisresearch.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42238-021-00115-8

Fourfive. Types of CBD: What are the different types of CBD?
https://fourfive.com/types-of-cbd/

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