As mainstream media and doctors begin to understand more about the medicinal potential of marijuana, more people are looking to see if the plant can help them with their ailments.
The most commonly associated medical product forged from marijuana is cannabidiol (CBD), which is mostly devoid of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and so doesn’t cause the “high” associated with marijuana consumption. CBD has, however, been proven to help with relieving anxiety, insomnia, and some instances of pain.
Then, there is also medical marijuana which can be used to control pain. Severe pain cannot be helped by marijuana, but its use can alleviate chronic pains. It also has some other benefits when compared to other medicinal forms of pain management, particularly opiates, as marijuana is far less addictive, it is impossible to overdose on it, and its users are still functional and not highly sedated – as can be the case with many other forms of treatment.
With more and more uses for medical marijuana being validated through research studies, people are coming around to it as a legitimate medical treatment. Not only are potential patients asking their doctors about medical marijuana, but some are also looking into ways to make it more available to them by growing the plant themselves.
While the marijuana industry is becoming huge in the United States, there’s still a place for home growers.
Huge marijuana farms popping up around the USA
There’s certainly not going to be a shortage of marijuana available to surgeries and practices allowed and willing to prescribe it as a treatment for pain. In Santa Rita Hills, California, a cannabis company looks set to set up 147 acres of hoop greenhouses to establish itself as the largest legal marijuana farm in the world.
Nearby, Santa Ynez River is already the host of the second-largest grower in the world, boasting 83 acres, with the two helping to forge Santa Barbara as California’s capital of legal marijuana. However, even with farms such as these being set up around the United States, the need for readily available marijuana among sufferers of chronic pain may not be met for some time.
Home growing to come to the fore
An all-too-common problem for people who suffer from health problems is that they can’t get access to treatments quickly enough or regularly enough. For people suffering from chronic pain, just getting down to the pharmacy or doctors’ surgery can be too much due to their ailment. So, many people who need a readily available supply of marijuana due to an ongoing need and the sporadic nature of their health problem’s symptoms are turning to home growing.
People can grow their own marijuana outdoors or indoors, but indoor cultivation is seen as the superior method as it is much easier to establish a controlled environment for cultivation. While many control systems are needed to be put in place and kept operational with marijuana cultivation, the reward is that the grower can trust that they’ll have their own, likely cheaper supply of marijuana to help with health problems as and when they arise.
Medical marijuana is still a budding industry in the United States, but it’s expected to grow a great deal over the next few years. While it develops and improves its offering, people may be asked to wait for or be held back in their medicinal marijuana treatment plans.
As such, marijuana cultivation could offer a solution in the short term while, in the long term, cultivation requirements can be maintained and improved as the industry grows.