Cannabis And Your Immune System
The Benefits of Having a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan
How Medical Cannabis Can Boost the Immune System
Financial Benefits (Discounts)
Medical card holders, in Michigan, will spend approximately 10% less over all at dispensaries do to excise taxes.
Recreational dispensaries may offer discounts to licensed patients in addition to the 10% discount.
Having a medical card allows you to use your medical card in other medical/recreational marijuana approved states.
It is recommended to not bring your medicine while air traveling, as air travel is federally regulated, and marijuana is still a Schedule 1 drug.
Access to Dispensaries
Having a medical card gives access to medical dispensaries now, which require a medical card. Recreational dispensaries will be at the earliest available in 2020.
Ask and find out if your job has a policy on medical marijuana. Many large and small companies alike have taken a pro stance policy on medical use.
On the job accidents or injuries often result in a drug screening. Having a medical card could save your job!
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Although doctors aren’t completely sure what causes chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy(CIDP), a prevailing theory is that the disease is an autoimmune disorder. Inflammation is your immune system’s response to help heal wounds or infections. However, in those with autoimmune conditions, the immune system begins attacking healthy cells, and inflammation harms the body.
Cannabis is gaining attention in the medical world for its ability to slow the progression of autoimmune disorders. This should come as a relief to those with CIDP, as medical marijuana could be used to prevent the body from attacking healthy cells and destroying them. Combined with its pain-relieving properties, cannabis allows CIDP patients to live fuller, happier and healthier lives.
How Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy Affects Healthy Cells
Patients with CIDP struggle with a variety of symptoms because the body’s immune system has turned against healthy cells. Myelin is the insulation that protects nerve fibers. In CIDP patients, inflammation occurs at the roots of sensory, motor or autonomic nerves, destroying their fatty protective coverings.
This causes many painful and debilitating symptoms to occur, including:
Impaired motor function
Leg and arm cramping
Numbness or tingling sensations
Improving the Immune System With Medical Marijuana
For patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, it’s crucial to find a treatment plan that manages the inflammation associated with the disorder. Not only will this reduce pain, but it will help slow the progression of the disease.
There is no cure for CIDP, but the most common treatments deal with its effects on the immune system. These include corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulin, plasma exchange and immunotherapy. However, each of these varies in effectiveness and has the potential to cause adverse side effects that could impair a patient’s health.
Doctors are finding the anti-inflammatory properties of medical marijuana could significantly boost the immune system in patients with autoimmune disorders like CIDP. The cannabinoids in marijuana mimic receptors located in our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which allows them to influence many different bodily functions and leads to significant benefits.
For patients with CIDP, cannabis helps the immune system in the following ways:
Reduces inflammation, which in turn helps reduce the pain associated with the condition
Stabilizes the immunes system’s response
Represses the immune system’s attack on healthy cells
Prevents the destruction of healthy cells, thus slowing the progression of the disease