As we draw closer to the end of 2018, 30 states and Washington D.C. have legalized some form of medical marijuana. According to recent surveys, the majority of the U.S. population believe cannabis should be used medicinally.
While some medical benefits of consuming marijuana are overemphasized by the community in support of legalization, studies have proven the valuable use of cannabis and encourage more research to gain a complete understanding of its medicinal potential.
The following are several health benefits of medical marijuana:
- Treat chronic pain - Considered the most common reason for medical marijuana treatment, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reported there is “definitive evidence” that pot effectively treats chronic pain. Additionally, it also relieves pain from arthritis discomfort and Parkinson’s disease.
- Help control epileptic seizures - As the non-psychoactive cannabis compound, several studies reported CBD has helped those diagnosed with epilepsy--who eventually became resistant to prescription treatment. The main benefit is that it is safe for children to use.
- Treat glaucoma - This disease increases pressure in the eyeball, resulting in damage to the optic nerve and blindness. Many states have permitted the use of medical marijuana to treat and even prevent it.
- Prevent the expansion of cancer cells - A 2007 report by California Pacific Medical Center researchers suggests CBD may help slow or even shrink cancer cells. However, animals and cell cultures were used in these studies, so further research is required. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy benefit from cannabis because it reduces pain and nausea, while stimulating appetite as well.
- Reduce anxiety - A report by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have concluded that low doses of THC can decrease anxiety, while increased doses can actually exacerbate the condition. However, Colorado does not recognize anxiety as a reason to prescribe cannabis.
- Treat PTSD - The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies received a two million dollar grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health in 2014 to study the medicinal benefits of cannabis for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The system which causes anxiety and fear are regulated with the help of cannabinoids found in our own bodies. But more research is necessary to learn how PTSD patients can use marijuana in a safe manner.
- Help Alzheimer’s patients - In Molecular Pharmaceutics, a study done in 2006 discovered that THC blocks a brain enzyme responsible for creating amyloid plaques, thus impeding their formation and preserving brain cells. Alas, related studies are only in the early stages of research.
- Reduce opioid use - The current opioid epidemic has become a national emergency, mainly contributed by the use of this powerful drug to treat chronic pain. Unfortunately, opioid use is highly addictive and can result in an overdose. According to several studies, states which have legalized medical marijuana experience fewer opioid deaths.
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