Medicinal cannabis, also known as medical marijuana, refers to cannabis when it is used to treat or relieve a complaint or condition, rather than for recreational or spiritual purposes. Any type of cannabis which contains an effective amount of cannabinoids can be considered medicinal cannabis if it is used for that purpose.
Choosing to use medicinal cannabis (also known as medical marijuana) can be a very easy decision to make. Choosing which variety can be more complicated. Many patients, and many of our customers, had never grown or even tried cannabis before discovering it as a medicine.
Even for people who have, it’s not that simple. Although any type of cannabis can be medicinal or recreational, knowing what works for recreational and social purposes does not mean knowing the best variety of cannabis for different medical needs.
What is medicinal cannabis prescribed for?
In the Netherlands, which has had a medicinal cannabis program since 2003, cannabis is prescribed for the following symptoms (among others):
- Muscular cramps and spasms caused by multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury
- Nausea, reduced appetite, weight-loss and weakness caused by cancer or AIDS
- Nausea and…