As more and more countries around the world legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes, there has been a growing interest in the potential benefits of this plant for treating a variety of health conditions.
Here in Barcelona, we have a thriving marijuana culture and a variety of options for people looking to access medical or recreational cannabis thanks to the decriminalization of marijuana throughout Spain. In this article, we will explore the medical cannabis landscape, including the various ways people can obtain and use cannabis for therapeutic purposes in Barcelona.
Medicinal benefits of cannabis
Because some of the cannabinoids found in the plant can bind to receptors found in our endocannabinoid system - CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the brain and skin - they can also help regulate the response of neurons against an excitatory signal such as pain, seizures or brain tremors. That's why these cannabinoids can help treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, ALS, or help with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and reduce pain in cancer or arthritis patients. Not only do cannabinoids help with pain and inflammation, but they can also be used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, which improves the cancer patient's quality of life and helps them get through treatment.
While there is evidence that cannabis can be effective in treating a variety of health conditions, there is still ongoing research on the subject. The impracticality - for lack of another word - of marijuana being made illegal in the 20th century has set us back considerably in terms of scientific research, and there is still a lot of missing information regarding the proper dosages and exact functioning of some cannabinoids. That is why we must be cautious, and if we wish to use cannabis for medicinal purposes, never do so without the supervision of our health care provider and always aim to consume the highest quality products from reliable suppliers.
Fortunately, one of the most attractive aspects of Barcelona's cannabis culture is the abundance of high quality cannabis available. Whether we are looking for flowers, concentrates or edibles, we can find a wide range of excellent products in marijuana clubs and dispensaries throughout the city. The quality of cannabis in Barcelona is considered one of the best in the world, thanks in part to the city's ideal climate for cannabis cultivation and the expertise of local growers.
To join a marijuana club in Barcelona, we would usually need to be referred by an existing member or request an invitation directly from the club on their website. Once we become a member, we can get access to cannabis products for personal use and a space where members meet to smoke or consume cannabis, typically in a social setting.
We've been missing out on the potential health benefits of cannabis for a long time. Fortunately, the world is changing, and while much research is still needed to learn the exact dosages and extract greater efficacy from cannabinoid treatments, at least now many people have that extra option: the ability to use cannabis derivatives to treat their condition, which is especially important for those patients who do not respond well to traditional medication.
We are fortunate to live in Barcelona, where cannabis culture offers a unique and exciting opportunity for people seeking access to marijuana for any of its uses. We can only hope that everyone does so responsibly and, if it is for medicinal purposes, that they do so under the proper advice and supervision of a health professional.