Everything you need to know about medical marijuana

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Medical Marijuana Laws are Changing

As Marijuana laws are changing drastically from state to state, we can likely expect more information come to light regarding short and long term use of Medical and Non-Medical Marijuana.  One of which is the recent question of whether Marijuana usage can, in fact, lead non-smokers to cigarettes. As more and more states have approved Medical Marijuana, it is now becoming more widely used to help treat a variety of ailments.  

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana is not a cure for any known condition.  However, it’s modern-day medical applications mirror the apparent reason for its use in other cultures hundreds of years ago – for pain management.  Millions of Americans are experiencing Chronic Pain. However, not every Doctor today recommends Medical Marijuana for every ailment. One’s medical condition may qualify for medical marijuana treatment if recognized by the state of residency.  If that’s the case, one can, in fact, seek to receive Medical Marijuana as an avenue to treat the condition.

Can Medical Marijuana Only Be Smoked?

Those who are considering speaking with their doctors regarding Medical Marijuana will no doubt wonder how this would be prescribed to alleviate their symptoms.  Many simply assume because of the cultural precedence, that Marijuana can only be smoked to receive any benefit.  This is untrue.  In fact, because Marijuana contains similar chemicals that are found in tobacco, a medical provider may be reluctant to prescribe it in this way.  If a patient is experiencing any respiratory issues or has had any bronchial problems it is unlikely inhaled marijuana may be medically recommended.  Medical Marijuana may be prescribed in a mist form or inhaled through a vaporizing device.  It can also be incorporated into food as well. There is also a Medical Method of placing a few drops under the tongue as well.

Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?

The National Institue on Drug Abuse mentions that Marijuana can be addictive and that it is a gateway drug.  A gateway drug is a drug that when used, increases the probability of the user furthering their drug use, likely seeking more harmful, potent drugs.  THC is the predominant chemical responsible for Marijuana psychological effects. The more THC consumed, the more likely you are to become dependent. Though further study is being conducted, many have claimed that marijuana usage leads to further opioid use.  Is there any truth in this bold statement?  

A study by The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia reported “ Adults who use alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana were 323 times more likely to use cocaine than adults who used none of the gateway drugs” 

It’s interesting to note that most Marijuana users, in fact, do not dabble in more harmful potent substances.  Many statistics are still being formulated as scientists and those in healthcare continue to research the long term effects of Marijuana.  However as mentioned, Marijuana and tobacco do have similar components – does marijuana use lead non-smokers to cigarettes?

Can Marijuana lead Non-Smokers to Cigarettes?

Cigarette Smoking has actually been on the decline.  However, a new study from researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health indicates: cannabis use was associated with an increased initiation of cigarette smoking among non-cigarette smokers. They also found adults who smoke cigarettes and use cannabis are less likely to quit smoking cigarettes than those who do not use cannabis. Former smokers who use cannabis are also more likely to relapse to cigarette smoking. Results are published online in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 

Will My Medical Marijuana use appear on a Drug Test?

The topic of Medical and Non-Medical Marijuana use is unlikely to disappear.  In fact, as research continues, more information regarding its effects are likely to surface.  For those who are prescribed Medical Marijuana, they many wonder how they will fare on a Drug Test. 

Most Urine Drug Tests consist of a multi-panel or 12 Panel indicator that shows results for multiple drugs.  THC is a common drug tested using these kits. Though everyone metabolizes different, and consumption varies, THC stays within the blood for up to a week.  It can appear in the urine for up to 2 months.

Can I Purchase a Single Use Drug Test?

12 Panel Now offers Drug Tests in Bulk, or for single use.  If you are concerned about how you will fare on a Drug Test, or simply wish to test yourself, it’s a fairly easy process taking only a few minutes.

After the donor seals the urine in the leak-proof container, it is then handed off to the evaluator.  What makes the process streamlined is that the strips used to indicate the test results are sealed within the container.  For hygiene reasons, this is ideal. When it is time to view the test results, the evaluator simply peels away the outside label revealing the drug test strips with each individual result.

The test results within the Drug Test will show results within a few minutes.  Results should be evaluated within 5-8 minutes. Results should not be evaluated after 1o minutes.

What are the Drugs tested for?

The Drugs tested with 12PanelNow’s Drug Testing Cups are:

  • Amphetamine (AMP), 
  • Barbiturates (BAR), 
  • Benzodiazepine (BZO), 
  • Buprenorphine (BUP), 
  • Cocaine (COC), 
  • Ecstasy (MDMA),
  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Methadone (MTD),
  • Methamphetamine (MET), 
  • Opiates (OPI/MOR), 
  • Oxycodone (OXY), 
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA).

The 12 Panel Drug Testing Kits test for 12 of the most abused and commonly used drugs. However, depending on your needs, you can purchase other kits that test for different drugs.  For instance, the 13 Panel Drug Testing Cup includes all the same drugs tested within a 12 Panel Drug Test with the addition of the drug Fentanyl (FYL).  There are also variants of the typical 12 Panel Drug Test that include drugs like phencyclidine, or PCP.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our product or wish to place an order, feel free to call us at (888) 936-6627


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