Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant or chemicals in it to treat diseases or conditions. It’s basically the same product as recreational marijuana, but it’s taken for medical purposes.
The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the main chemicals used in medicine. THC also produces the “high” people feel when they smoke marijuana or eat foods containing it.
The many health benefits include relief from pain and nausea and an increase in immune function, mood regulation, vascular health and digestive function.
Medical marijuana comes in a range of forms, including oil for vaporizing, pills, oral solutions and topical applications. The quickest effects occur with inhalation of the vaporized form.
The Texas Compassionate Use Act became law in June 2015, and allowed low-THC medical cannabis to be used as a treatment for epilepsy. The Program was expanded in June 2019, and medical cannabis can now be used as a treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including:
Our physicians can prescribe low-THC to you if you have a qualifying condition and we determine that the treatment will be beneficial to you.