As more information becomes available about the use of marijuana for medical reasons, many people are more willing to explore this option. Studies have shown that there are health benefits of using cannabis and it can be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Following are some of the afflictions or health conditions that respond positively to medical marijuana.
1. Multiple sclerosis
Experts have long believed that smoking marijuana helps patients suffering from MS. Clinical trials have come up with evidence that marijuana has an impact on multiple sclerosis patients who have muscle spasticity. While the drug does sometimes cause fatigue and dizziness in some users, many MS patients say that marijuana helps to reduce the pain in their legs and arms when they contract. The drug also helps them to feel good and relaxed.
2. Alzheimer’s disease
Research has shown that THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the active ingredient, found in marijuana, is able to prevent acetylcholinesterase. This enzyme accelerates formation of the “Alzheimer’s plaques” in the patient’s brain. It also helps to prevent protein clumps that can affect memory and cognition. The ingredient works more effectively than the commercial drugs available in the market. Patients who use medical marijuana experience a positive change in their condition.
Marijuana has proven to be useful for a wide range of chronic pain conditions and this includes arthritis. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have reported less pain and reduced inflammation after using the drug. Marijuana also helps them to sleep, which is always a good thing when you are in pain. It is, however, important to know that while it eases pain, cannabis does not treat the disease. This means that it should be taken alongside other medications.
The ingredients present in natural marijuana are very effective in controlling the spontaneous seizures that are characteristic in epilepsy. According to studies, individuals who have used medical marijuana to treat the condition have found it to be very therapeutic.
There have been numerous studies since the 70s that have indicated that medical marijuana is effective for treating glaucoma. This condition is one of the major causes of blindness throughout the world. According to the researchers, marijuana helps to relieve or reduce the intraocular pressure that is responsible for optic nerve damage, while also helping to reverse deterioration.
A 2005 study on addictive behaviors found an important link between depression and marijuana consumption. According to the studies, participants who consume marijuana daily or occasionally have lower levels of symptoms that cause depression than those who do not use marijuana. The study also found that “weekly users” exhibited a less depressed mood, were more positive and they had less somatic complaints than “non-users.”
Experts agree that medical marijuana can have a positive effect on the mind. While most recreational users claim that smoking pot helps to calms them down, others claim the opposite effect. Studies show that a large number of users experience positive effects and they prefer to treat their anxiety using marijuana as opposed to other prescription drugs.
8. Hepatitis C
Research has shown that marijuana can help to enhance the effectiveness of hepatitis C treatment. It helps with the drug therapy for this infection that affects millions of people each year. Most medications used in Hepatitis C treatment have severe side effects such as nausea, loss of appetite, depression, extreme fatigue and muscle aches. Patients that smoke marijuana find that they are better able to complete the therapy. Marijuana also helps in attaining a “sustained virological response”.
9. Cancer and chemotherapy
While marijuana may be illegal in many places, Cancer experts agree that the drug helps people who have cancer. The active ingredients in cannabis, or the cannabinoids, have been approved as an effective way to relieve vomiting and nausea. The drug also helps to increase appetite in patients suffering from cancer. The Cancer Society also says that marijuana contains anti-bacterial properties that inhibit the growth of tumors.
Just like with cancer patients, marijuana helps people living with HIV and AIDS. The fact that it helps to increase appetite and relieve nausea and vomiting is helpful. The ingredients in the drug also help to enlarge the airways and this helps to reduce the severity of breathing problems and asthma attacks. Thanks to medical marijuana, patients undergoing therapy for the condition are more comfortable,
11. Morning sickness
As more information becomes available on medical marijuana, pregnant women are turning to the drug to help them with morning sickness. According to studies, a large percentage of pregnant women who use marijuana found it to be very effective for relieving symptoms of morning sickness. While it is normal for prospective mothers to be worried about the effect of marijuana on their unborn child, experts say that “prenatal pot exposure” is not a major problem. Unless the woman is smoking heavily during the first trimester, marijuana use does not have an impact on the unborn child.