To date, 22 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. While countless patients will attest to its benefits, there are relatively few studies which address cannabis’ effectiveness as a medical treatment. In this blog, we take a look at five conditions which may be improved through the use of medicinal cannabis.
1. Cannabis Can Prevent & Treat Glaucoma
Since the 1970’s, it has been widely known that cannabis is an effective treatment for glaucoma patients, and can even help prevent the condition. Glaucoma causes increased pressure in your eyeball, which in turn causes damage to your eye and subsequent vision loss. Smoking cannabis has been found to decrease the pressure in the eye, helping to prevent damage.
2. Cannabis May Help Control Epilepsy & Seizures
Epilepsy can be a debilitating condition, and patients who have a serious affliction are often placed on powerful drugs with dangerous side effects. A 2003 study from the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, however, found that the cannabinoid compounds in marijuana have the ability to help control seizures for hours at a time.
One of the most powerful examples of the effectiveness of medical cannabis is the case of Charlotte Figi, a young girl who suffers from Dravet’s Syndrome. The condition was causing Charlotte to suffer as many as 300 seizures a week before her parents began treating her with a special high-CBD, low-THC strain of medical cannabis – they have since dropped to just about one seizure per week. Approximately 40 other children in the state who suffer from similar conditions have found relief through this strain.
3. Cannabis Could Help Slow The Spread of Cancer
It’s a shame that relatively few resources have been designated for medical cannabis research, as studies have found that CBD may help prevent the spread of cancer. Cannabidiol was found to help shut off a gene called ID-1, which is believed to help cancer spread through the body. The study found that breast cancer cells were less aggressive after cannabis treatment.
4. Cannabis Relieves Pain For Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Cannabis is widely known to be an effective pain reliever, but some studies have suggested that it is especially effective for patients with autoimmune diseases. A study from the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at 30 MS patients who were not getting any relief from other treatments. After several days of smoking cannabis, they were in less pain. Patients with Lupus have also found relief from some of their symptoms through the use of medicinal cannabis.
5. Cannabis May Protect Against Brain Damage
The NFL is continuing to suspend players for cannabis use, but the herb may be the solution to the league’s concussion problem. Some studies have found evidence that cannabis can actually help the brain to heal after a traumatic injury, such as a concussion. Other studies have found similar neuroprotective properties when used in stroke patients, as cannabis seems to help limit the resulting brain damage.
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