The demand for alternative medicine has become increasingly popular over the years. Medical marijuana is no exception.
In fact, a recent poll shows that the support of medical marijuana is at an all-time high. The poll shows that 80% of the voters support it.
Serious research has been conducted on marijuana to study its medicinal properties. Most of the focus is on the chemicals cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Here are some of the medical benefits of marijuana use.
One of the most well-known uses of medical marijuana is to help reduce nausea. This is particularly true for those going through chemotherapy.
There are two FDA-approved cannabis-based drugs on the market: dronabinol and nabilone. These drugs are just as effective as other non-cannabis based drugs that treat nausea and vomiting.
Along with reducing nausea and vomiting, dronabinol is used to stimulate appetite and promote weight gain. This is helpful for patients suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Another common use of medical marijuana is to treat pain. This applies to chronic pain, such as headaches or arthritis, as well as nerve pain, caused by spinal cord injuries or diabetes.
Medical marijuana’s popularity for pain treatment can be attributed to the fact that it is less addictive than opiate drugs. Also, users don’t have to worry about the risk of fatal overdose.
While studies have shown that medical marijuana can ease nerve related pain, there isn’t an FDA-approved drug on the market.
Medical marijuana can be used to treat the painful muscle spasms and stiffness that comes with multiple sclerosis.
A study performed showed that those given oral cannabis extract experienced less stiffness, pain, and spasms than those given a placebo.
An oral spray called Sativex is currently available in over 24 countries to treat these symptoms. Like dronabinol and nabilone, Sativex is given its own scientific name. This is so it can be classified separately from cannabis.
The use of marijuana has shown to be effective in preventing seizures in those suffering from epilepsy. This includes hard to treat epilepsy such as Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
Medical marijuana use for Dravet Syndrome gained popularity in 2012 after the Figi family. Their daughter was suffering from upwards of 300 seizures a week. When other treatments offered no help, they turned to cannabis.
The Figi family sought out the Stanley Brothers, who were growing marijuana that was high in CBD and low in THC. This led to the production of a strain known as Charlotte’s Web. It is taken as an oil and dramatically reduces seizures.
Some studies have shown that using medical marijuana can benefit those suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s Disease.
Participant’s reported that the use of marijuana eased pain and discomfort. It also helped ease diarrhea and the need for medications.
A 2010 study suggested that THC and cannabidiol can aid in your gut’s function and immune responses. This can help those who don’t respond to traditional treatment.
A Final Word
Legalization and decriminalization are continuing to spread for both recreational and medical use. More and more medical uses of marijuana are being accepted across the world.
With the industry thriving, more research into medical use will arise. This will undoubtedly reveal more conclusive answers on the benefits of cannabis for various ailments and diseases.