Medical marijuana has been legalized in several states in the United States as well as some countries across the world. If used properly, this substance can be very beneficial to people that are suffering from various medical issues. It is mostly recommended for relieving chronic pain as well as increasing appetite in chemotherapy patients that are struggling with nausea. This substance can be used to treat medical conditions that occur most often as well as illnesses that may have serious life threatening effects.
Glaucoma, which is a disease that causes pressure in the eyeball to increase, can be treated using medical marijuana. If you do not treat this condition early enough, it may damage the optic nerve, something which in turn may result into loss of vision. According to a study that was carried out by the National Eye Institute way back in the early 70s, it showed that when this substance is smoked, it caused the intraocular pressure in people that have glaucoma as well as those that have normal pressure to be lowered. Its effects may slow down the progression of glaucoma, something which will in turn prevent blindness.
Medical marijuana is also quite helpful when it comes to controlling epileptic seizures. According to a study that was conducted in Virginia University in 2003, this substance was found to rid rats of seizures for approximately ten hours. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the active in ingredient in this substance, controls the seizures by binding to the brain cells that regulate relaxation and control excitability in people. It is however important to look for a doctor’s advice before using it to treat this condition to avoid any harmful side-effects.
Another important medical use of marijuana is preventing spread of cancer in patients that are suffering from this condition. A study that was carried out by researchers at California Pacific Medical Center that is based in San Fransisco found that a chemical compound known as cannabidiol stops the spread of cancer when induced into the system. It does this by turning off a gene called d-1 which is replicated more by cancer cells as opposed to the non-cancerous cells. It stops them from spreading throughout the body of the patient.
If you always experience panic attacks or anxiety disorders, using medical marijuana can help you decrease the effects of that condition. Its users have claimed that it helps them to suppress nausea as well as relieve pain. There are the two main reasons why this substance is popularly used for relieving the side effects that are usually associated with chemotherapy. In a study that was conducted in Havard Medical School in 2010, it was found that medical marijuana can act as a sedative when taken in low doses. It was also found to improve the smoker’s mood. You should however be careful against taking it in large doses since that may make you paranoid or increase the anxiety levels.
Medical marijuana has also been found to ease the pain caused by Multiple Sclerosis. In a study that was conducted on 30 patients that had this condition by Jody Corey-Bloom, it was found that the patients were in less pain for a number of days after they smoked this substance. Before that, they had failed to respond to other treatments that were administered to them. THC, which is the active ingredient in medical marijuana binds to the receptors in muscles and nerves to ease pain. Results from another study showed that this substance is also effective when it comes to controlling muscle spasms.
People who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease will also benefit a great deal by taking medical marijuana. A study that was conducted by professionals from Scripps Research Institute showed that this substance can slow down the progression of this disease. The active ingredient in Marijuana, THC, slows down the formation of amyloid by blocking the enzyme that is responsible for making plaques in the brain. It is these plaques that kill brain cells, something which in turn causes Alzheimer’s disease.
These are just but some of the medical uses of marijuana. It still has many other benefits, for instance treating inflammatory bowel diseases, treating hepatitis C as well as relieving discomfort that is caused by arthritis. Just make sure that you take it in right quantities as prescribed by your doctor if you want to benefit from it.