The benefits of cannabis use are as vast as their consumption methods. Medical marijuana can be inhaled (via smoking or vaporizing), ingested (via edibles, steeped tea, or tablets), and/or absorbed through the skin (via topical oils, sprays, patches, etc) to treat a wide variety of symptoms. The grade, make-up, and dose of cannabis also plays a part in mental and physical wellness.
Here are 8 health conditions that can be treated or suppressed with medical marijuana. Like other forms of medicine, there are also negative effects that come with cannabis use, especially when overused or abused non-medicinally.
According to the National Eye Institute, ingesting or smoking marijuana can lower the pressure inside the eye. It is therefore used to treat the eye disease glaucoma. Cannabis use slows its progression, potentially preventing blindness.
Cannabis is widely used to prevent epileptic seizures. Marijuana’s active ingredient THC binds to and helps control chemicals in the brain responsible for excitability. A 6-year-old girl in Colorado with pediatric epilepsy is thriving after receiving CBD oil in controlled doses, though she once suffered 300 heart-stopping seizures per week.
Anxiety and PTSD
Indica-dominant strains of marijuana act as a mild sedative. Low doses can reduce anxiety due to post-traumatic stress disorder and other causes. It also lessens interruptions of REM sleep in patients with sleep disorders. However, higher doses may increase anxiety and paranoia.
In Alzheimer’s patients, amyloid plaques destroy the brain over time. THC blocks the enzymes responsible for creating these plaques. Medical marijuana can therefore prevent and slow the disease’s progression.
Many people use marijuana to reduce or manage pain. Patients suffering multiple sclerosis’ painful muscle contractions can use cannabis as an option for relief. The plant – when smoked, ingested, or applied topically – impacts the receptors in the human body that trigger a response of pain.
Cannabis alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and promotes sleep. This can be helpful in relieving arthritis symptoms and discomfort.
Medical marijuana is shown to improve fine motor skills among Parkinson’s disease sufferers. According to recent research done in Israel, the substance significantly reduces patients’ tremors.
More and more chemotherapy patients are turning to medical marijuana for relief. People being treated for cancer suffer from nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and pain. Cannabis can suppress these symptoms.