10 therapeutic uses for marijuana
Marijuana has always been described as a drug, although slightly more tolerated than others but a drug nonetheless, used recreationally by people that want to experience sensations that they can’t experience any other way. That’s why, for years and years, all people talk about is the negative side to this amazing plant. Even though it doesn’t get much publicity, marijuana and hemp have always had a myriad of medicinal uses and a lot of ancient societies and cultures used formulas in which cannabis was the main ingredient to cure hundreds of illnesses or to ease the suffering of those that couldn’t find a cure. Today we’re going to talk about 10 therapeutic uses that marijuana has.
Nowadays there are many studies that talk about the benefits of marijuana, and in the countries where medicinal marijuana has been legalized cannabinoids are being investigated even more as main ingredients to treat various illnesses.
10 therapeutic uses for marijuana
Remedial treatment for AIDS and cancer patients.
Many patients that suffer these illnesses have symptoms such as nausea, pain and loss of appetite, which can make getting better much harder and in terminal cases, it reduces the patients’ quality of life drastically. That’s why, as long as there is a mutual agreement between doctor and patient, cannabis can be used to treat pain and other issues to make these illnesses much easier to deal with.
Marijuana treatment is available in many places for terminally ill patients, used to reduce pain and make the journey as easy as possible. A lot of this medication is combined with morphine, which makes the effect last longer and provides a more pleasing effect to the patient without having to medicate again after a short while.
Treatment for pain-relief that is medication resistant.
Some patients suffer from certain pains that require heavy medication which may lose its effect after a while. To avoid this and take a rest from heavy medication, doctors can prescribe a series of medications in which marijuana is the main ingredient.
Some illnesses that can be treated using this method are fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis in which marijuana helps calm the nervous and muscular systems, or glaucoma due to how marijuana affects the eyes; dilating the capillaries and reducing ocular tension.
Also, some people develop a higher resistance to medicine used to treat their illnesses, meaning that they can’t get any relief and marijuana treatment is one of the best options for these patients to keep pain, among other things, under control.
It reduces and treats migraines.
Migraines can become anyone’s worst nightmare; they feel like someone’s constantly hitting you on the head with a hammer, and it can also cause horrible ringing in the ears. People that have chronic migraines tend to also have issues with light, loud sounds and nausea. There are a lot of medicinal investigations going on right now to develop medication, still in the trial period, with marijuana as its main ingredient that can not only improve the symptoms, but it can also reduce and help prevent migraines.
It can help with loss of appetite and nauseas.
There are a lot of medical issues that can cause a loss of appetite or nauseas, including psychological eating disorders. The use of marijuana in various formats can be used to increase hunger and control nauseas, making this the perfect product to treat patients that have these sorts of issues.
Preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
A couple of years ago Raphael Mechoulam, a professor at the University of Hebrew in Jerusalem discovered in one of his studies a biochemical component in marijuana that prevents neuron death, which is one of the main symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Treating illnesses related to the nervous system
A lot of patients with illnesses that affect the nervous system like Parkinson’s disease have been able to find unique relief in marijuana. Although this is still being investigated, this sort of treatment would have a huge impact on the quality of life of these patients, who could even get the ability to move properly back again.
Possible treatment for kids with ADHD and emotional problems.
Nowadays a lot of children are being diagnosed with ADHD, and in some cases they’re treated with extreme medications that can leave them out of it and drowsy. The use by some cannabinoid medicines by parents had proven, in the short term that the secondary effects are a lot less aggressive.
Cannabis can be used to treat issues like muscle spasms that happens when muscles in your body tense or get rigid, preventing proper muscular movement or in some cases speech. People that have epilepsy get symptoms like these whenever they have an attack, although they’re not alone: people with multiple sclerosis or damaged motor areas in the brain can also have these symptoms. Patients that have tried alternative therapies with a cannabis base have gotten much better, reducing attacks and symptoms.
People that don’t have insomnia don’t know exactly how annoying it is and how it can affect the entire life of those that suffer from it. Moderate consumption of marijuana can help people get to sleep, avoiding the need to spend all night tossing and turning.
Anxiety and depression
Marijuana is a natural tranquilizer that doesn’t have any of the secondary effects that medication used to treat such issues tend to have. Marijuana is a great help, improving symptoms majorly in record time compared to other medications. It also induces tiredness and relaxation, helping people that suffer these issues to not fall into a vicious cycle.
Translation: Ciara Murphy