Medical marijuana is one of the most exciting healthcare developments in recent years. Access to medical marijuana has already helped people all throughout the world and it may serve millions more in the near future. Although it is not available everywhere, more patients are experiencing the medicinal benefits of marijuana.
The benefits of smoking marijuana have long been suspected, but only now is it possible to study them with full gusto in the light of day. Patients suffering from chronic pain can now determine if medical marijuana is the right solution for them.
Some of the health benefits of medical marijuana include the following:
Marijuana for Pain Relief
Numerous studies have revealed the value of marijuana for treatment of chronic pain, going back well before the widespread availability of medical marijuana. There is also evidence that many patients have been able to substantially curtail their use of opioid pain medication by using cannabis.
What’s more, marijuana is understood to be valuable when pain is difficult to treat. Neuropathic pain and other pain complaints that don’t typically respond well to conventional treatment may be effectively treated by medical marijuana when other methods fail.
Finally, research supports that marijuana can also help arthritis sufferers. Considering that millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, this is a phenomenal fact that shouldn’t be ignored.
Marijuana for Nausea and Vomiting
A wide range of illnesses and medications can cause nausea and vomiting. These symptoms are regulated by the endocannabinoid system in humans, which is a system that responds to the active ingredients in cannabis. When the endocannabinoid system responds to marijuana’s active ingredients, it can more effectively regulate nausea and vomiting.
In other words, marijuana can suppress nausea and the urge to vomit. This makes it especially beneficial for people who are struggling to get the nutrition they need. More importantly, it makes many much-needed medications and treatment options more tolerable.
Marijuana for Seizures
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a compound of cannabis that is believed to have anti-seizure properties. Treatments based on CBD have been used successfully to reduce prevalence of seizures in people with epilepsy whose condition does not respond to other therapies. In fact, drug-resistant epilepsy seizures could be reduced more than 30 percent by using marijuana.
Marijuana for PTSD
PTSD is a constellation of mental health and physiological symptoms that anyone who has been in a life-threatening situation can suffer from. Many veterans have reported that marijuana controls mood and thought disturbances related to PTSD. Research is ongoing, but there is great potential that marijuana may alleviate PTSD symptoms like mood swings, panic, and flashbacks. If it in fact does, marijuana has the potential to make PTSD sufferers feel like their normal selves again.
Medicinal Marijuana for Anxiety
Anxiety is a pervasive pattern of thoughts and feelings that make someone feel endangered and uncomfortable. It can be generalized or focused on specific stimuli. In 2015, the San Francisco Gate reported the increasing popularity of marijuana as an anxiety treatment. It also promotes relaxation and lowers blood pressure, eliminating physiological cues related to anxiety.
Marijuana for Cancer
Cancer patients often suffer from chronic pain, nausea, loss of appetite and other significant complications. While the cancer itself brings on most of these symptoms, some can be caused by chemotherapy treatments. Fortunately, marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids can relieve these symptoms and make chemotherapy more manageable. What’s more, recent research has revealed that cannabinoids may even increase the success rate of chemotherapy.
Marijuana for AIDS
Some AIDS patients experience “AIDS wasting disease” – a disorder characterized by loss of 10 percent or more of body weight, plus absence of regular appetite. Marijuana has been known to combat wasting syndrome since at least 1995. Thus, doctors often recommend medical cannabis to people who suffer from the disease. In fact, the medical marijuana movement would not exist were it not for the AIDS crisis.
Marijuana for Alzheimer’s Disease
In addition to cognitive impairment and decline, Alzheimer’s has a number of other negative effects. It can cause many patients to lose weight and may result in agitated moods. Marijuana can treat these complications and may someday be used to arrest the progress of the disease, as tests have already determined that marijuana may slow the progression of disruptive protein deposits in the brain.
Marijuana for Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disorder that affects the lining of the digestive tract. Numerous studies have demonstrated that marijuana can reduce these symptoms and may even trigger complete remission in some cases. With Crohn’s disease treatment costing patients an average of $8,265 every year, it is no surprise that these findings are getting substantial attention from patients and doctors alike.