Presently, we know that medical marijuana has certain components that are useful in easing pain among patients with cancer and glaucoma. But, there are also other medical uses for marijuana.
Below are 7 conditions that can be treated with the help of medical marijuana:
- Chronic Pain – opioids are commonly used as painkillers, however, it’s highly addictive and should be used with extreme caution. Luckily, there is a growing evidence to support for an alternative painkiller. Medical marijuana is that alternative, and it’s less likely to lead to addiction and shown to lessen opioid use among patients who are experiencing chronic pain.
- Cancer – medical marijuana has been used in treating pain associated to cancer. In fact, it has also shown to slow growth of certain cancer cells. A study conducted on animal and in vitro has shown that cannabinoids may prevent some cancer cells from spreading.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – PTSD is a debilitating condition for which marijuana is a promising treatment option. According to research, people suffering from PTSD have low levels of anandamide, which is a compound present in cannabis. The body can’t produce sufficient endocannabinoids in patients with PTSD, and this is where medical marijuana is helpful.
- Multiple Sclerosis – it has been found out that smoking marijuana can decrease pain and ease muscle spasms among multiple sclerosis patients. In the same manner, marijuana has been found to lessen symptoms of patients with spinal cord injuries.
- Glaucoma – using marijuana for glaucoma patients date back almost five decades. A lot of studies have shown that marijuana helps in reducing IOP or intraocular pressure, which is the main cause of the condition that leads to blindness.
- Epilepsy – according to research, the cannabinoids found in marijuana has an antiepileptic effect among people who suffer from partial or tonic-clonic seizures. In studies conducted on animals, marijuana has been shown to reduce seizure thresholds.
- Crohn’s Disease – a study has shown that marijuana can help in reducing symptoms of people who has Crohn’s disease, and around 45% of the cannabis group are on complete remission.
For faster relief, it would be best to smoke or vaporise marijuana from a mail order dispensary. This way, THC can get immediately in the bloodstream and brain. If you ingest medical marijuana, it will last longer, however, it will take you longer to experience the effects.
If you are suffering from among the seven conditions mentioned above, medical marijuana may be the one to help you. And before using it in treating your condition, make sure to talk to your doctor about it.