The medicinal use of marijuana is among the most talked about topics in the world as of lately. It is currently Legalized for medical use in 23 states and recreational use in 3 states. But you may find yourself wondering what it is actually used to treat? Well, marijuana has come a long way in the medical field and is expected to be readily available in an even wider range. It is used to treat a number of condition, a vast majority of which are pain related.
Medical marijuana aids in relieving symptoms of many illnesses, with minimal side effects. The side effects typically don’t last long and can consist of Dizziness, Drowsiness, Short term memory loss, and Euphoria according to, WebMD. Medical marijuana is only available by prescription and can be purchased at distilleries. It can be administered in several forms other than traditionally smoking it. It can also be eaten, vaporized or in a liquid extract that you simply place on your tongue.
Medical marijuana has long been used to treat Migraine Headaches. According to, The Daily Headache, research is still limited due to restrictions on marijuana use. The benefits of using marijuana for headache treatment have been mixed and some people find that it can intensify the headache. The majority of people found that its biggest asset was the relief of nausea that come along with migraines and can be equally as debilitating.
According to The American Cancer Society, medical marijuana has been found to relieve some of the symptoms of cancer. Medical marijuana is not a treatment for cancer and should not be used in opposition to traditional medical treatment. It can, however, help to ease the neuropathic pain caused by damaged nerves. Some research has also shown that THC and other cannabinoids can slow the growth or kill some cancerous cells in laboratory studies.
It is believed that medical marijuana can help to lower intraocular pressure(IOP) in patients suffering from glaucoma. As with all medical marijuana uses, studies are limited. However, it is believed that high doses of marijuana can reduce IOP in the patients but only for a small amount of time. Using medical marijuana to treat Glaucoma would require it to be used every 3-4 hours to have a real effect on IOP.
Many patients who experience neuropathic pain are unresponsive to traditional nerve pain treatment. Studies have shown marijuana as an effective way of treating the nerve pain and is one of the most commonly treated illnesses by medical marijuana.
Studies have shown that participants in studies using medical marijuana saw complete remission in nearly half of the subjects observed. The study suggests that the anti-inflammatory properties in marijuana are responsible for the remission., according to, Medical Daily. Further studies are still needed but, it is believed that medical marijuana may be able to provide relief to those with Crohn’s disease without traditional medication or surgery.
Medical marijuana is believed to be a feasible treatment for many neurological disorders, including epilepsy. A large number of protest and push for legalization of medical marijuana have revolved around its use to treat epilepsy, especially in children. There is still little solid research on the topic, but it’s believed that medical marijuana may be able to treat forms of epilepsy that don’t respond well to traditional medication.
Medical marijuana is believed to aid the relief of many of the life altering effects of HIV, including: easing nausea from HIV treatment, increasing appetite and reducing weight loss, nerve pain, depression and sleeplessness. Marijuana is also shown to show no negative effects on the immune system.
Numerous studies have shown that medical marijuana can help reduce Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity and nerve pain associated with it. It may also be able to relieve overactive bladder in patients with Multiple Sclerosis. The majority of treatments designed to directly treat the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are highly associated with adverse side effect, which leads the patient to seek alternative therapy.
Nausea caused by Chemotherapy
One of the most popular uses of medical marijuana is its ability to ease chronic and debilitating nausea caused as a side effect of chemotherapy treatments. Unfortunately, not all prescription nausea medication eases the nausea that chemo patients suffer from. The THC in marijuana is a natural and effective way of easing these symptoms. Marijuana also relieves other chemo symptoms such as loss of appetite, weight loss and pain.
Medical marijuana may help to relief the painful symptoms of arthritis. Marijuana can help to alleviate pain, inflammation, swelling, discomfort and sleeplessness. THC has anti-inflammatory properties that ease the pain and discomfort of arthritis. Further research and comprehensive studies are still needed on the full effect of medical marijuana on arthritis and the proper dosage to be administered.