Medical Marijuana Can Cure – 7 Chronic Diseases That
In the US, the legal marijuana industry is booming, with an estimated size of $7.1 billion in the year 2016. This is a more than 25% increase from the year 2015.
Every year, attitudes towards medical marijuana become more and more accepting. Currently, nearly 90% of Americans support medical marijuana being prescribed by physicians.
The most common strain of marijuana that is used for pain management reasons is aurora indica because of its sedative, pain relieving qualities. This article will explore 7 different chronic conditions that medical marijuana can help to cure.
Medical marijuana has many benefits for cancer patients. It helps alleviate many of the debilitating side effects of cancer and its treatment, such as nausea and pain. Depending on what type of side effects the patients are experiencing, either THC, CBD or a combination of both is recommended. There have also been reports that THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids have shown the ability to kill certain types of cancer cells, or at least slow their growth; and may also slow the formation and spreading or growth of some types of cancer. More studies need to be done, but many cancer patients have reported a lot of relief from utilizing medical marijuana to treat their symptoms.
- Epilepsy and seizures (especially kids)
More and more parents are advocating for the use of medical marijuana to treat epilepsy and seizures in their children, due to the amazing effects they have witnessed. CBD, the compound in marijuana that doesn’t get you high, has been used to treat epilepsy and seizures with great results. NYU researchers found in 2015 that people suffering seizures saw a 50% reduction in their frequency when using CBD. This means fewer medications for children, and less suffering from side effects thanks to medical marijuana’s healing properties.
Researchers have found that small doses of THC can inhibit the growth and production of certain proteins that are thought to be a vital part of the way Alzheimer’s progresses. Another study, published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease ( Safety and Efficacy of Medical Cannabis Oil for Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia ) also shows that THC helps reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, such as depression, hallucinations, and aggression. Being able to reduce these often violent symptoms will help sufferers of Alzheimer’s and their families immensely. As with the other conditions, THC will also help alleviate other symptoms like nausea and vomiting.
- Crohn’s disease
Crohn’s disease causes a lot of painful inflammation throughout a person’s digestive system. Along with this inflammation, it also causes fevers, fatigue, reduction in appetite and other painful digestive symptoms like abdominal pain and cramping. A clinical trial published in the Journal of Pharmacology (Researchers: R.Schicho, Ph.D. and M. Storr) states: “… an 8-week treatment with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-rich cannabis caused a decrease in the Crohn’s disease activity index in 90% of patients without producing significant side effects.” Medical marijuana with a high level of THC was shown to reduce nausea and vomiting, speed up the healing of digestive track wounds, and offered a big reduction in the pain suffered by the patients.
- Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease that affects the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord. Sufferers are in almost constant pain, that is often unbearable. A mix of THC and CBD helps ease the inflammation that MS causes around the body, which in turn relieves the pain the patient experiences. In 2012, Plymouth University conducted a trial and published the results of their research in a paper titled: Multiple Sclerosis and Extract of Cannabis:
Results of the MUSEC trial.
This study showed that cannabis provided the participants with a large reduction in muscle spasms and stiffness. It also helps sufferers sleep, increases their appetite, and eases depression.
Although there’s no cure for AIDS, sufferers have found relief thanks to medical marijuana. Many of the prescription medications keeping their condition stable also cause unwanted side effects, such as nausea leading to weight loss, depression, and fatigue. Using THC has helped many people with AIDS regain their appetites, ease their anxiety, depression, and nausea, and increase energy levels. Regaining their quality of life is very important for anyone suffering, and THC allows that to happen. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK224400/).
- Chronic Pain – Arthritis, muscle and joint pain, etc
CBD (Cannabidiol) helps manage pain by having an effect on the brain’s receptors. You can also use CBD oils and creams to apply directly to any areas experiencing pain and discomfort for fast relief. With 100 million in America alone suffer from chronic pain ( according to NIH Report), people are searching for a safer, more natural alternative to prescription medicine.
Medical marijuana is the answer for so many of those who want to avoid addiction and side effects common to many medicines prescribed to treat pain. Although more research needs to be done, medical marijuana especially CBD and its extracts have already shown the amazing impact it has on diseases that a large percentage of the population faces. Its use is becoming more and more popular, and support for it is growing every year from patients and physicians alike.
The stigma surrounding marijuana is rapidly disappearing, which is helping people to understand the incredible healing properties that cannabis has. Medical marijuana should be legalized to help all those suffering feel the benefits that the plant provides.