Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis: 5 Medical Conditions It Can Help Treat

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Medical cannabis uses cannabis or marijuana, a product that is also used for recreation, only that medical cannabis is used to treat diseases and other conditions. The main chemicals present in cannabis and have medicinal purposes are THC and CBD. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which also provides the “high” effect people feel when they smoke marijuana or eat edibles, and cannabidiol or CBD (WebMD Medical Reference, 2018).

Medical marijuana is mainly used for pain control, particularly multiple sclerosis, and nerve pain in general. It allows patients to resume their normal states without completely feeling disoriented. In the same way, medical marijuana is also an excellent medicine for chronic pain, nausea, weight loss, glaucoma, wasting syndrome related to HIV and gut problems.

Health Benefits of Cannabis

The use of cannabis as an alternative has been hovering around for several years. Here are some of the health benefits of cannabis.
Let’s take a look at the health benefits of medical marijuana in detail.

Chronic pain

The effects of cannabis in the endocannabinoid system or the receptors in the brain that are connected to appetite, pain, memory, and mood are still unclear. Nevertheless, cannabis reacts to physical shock and even eases the psychological part as well.
According to Andrea Furlan, a senior scientist at the University of Toronto faculty of medicine and co-chair of Project ECHO Ontario, although the effectiveness of cannabis is not yet proven, pieces of evidence are growing, enabling care providers to have the best choice for chronic pain treatment.

Multiple Sclerosis

Canada has about 100,000 cases of multiple sclerosis and is considered to be one of the countries to have the highest rate of it. But cannabinoids seem to aid the stiffness that makes movement difficult and causes painful muscle spasms or spasticity, the disease’s core symptoms.

A study from 2012 involving 22 institutions in the U.K. revealed that, of the patients who took cannabis extract, 29 percent of them testified for the improvement in their symptoms while only 16 percent who are making a placebo said that there was a positive effect.

Chemotherapy-inflicted Nausea

A 2015 study by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international non-profit organization that analyzes health interventions evidence, found a connection between cannabinoids and patients undergoing chemotherapy. In this study, those who took cannabinoids had less nausea as compared to those who took a placebo. These findings entail positive results, meaning that the effectiveness of medical marijuana can match traditional anti-nausea drugs.

However, taking cannabis with other medicines may induce some side effects, such as dizziness, feeling high or drowsiness. This is why Shelita Datanni, the director of practice development and knowledge translation for the Canadian Pharmacists Association, says that medical marijuana can only be used as a last resort or an “adjunctive therapy” when all traditional options fail.

Insomnia

Due to evidence, there is a favorable potential in marijuana to help with sleep problems, mainly caused by medical issues such as sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, or M.S. (multiple sclerosis). Although researchers are hesitant about its positive effects, the improvement in sleep and its therapeutic benefits seems to be the cause of THC, which is the compound responsible for its sedative results.
With its relaxing effects, many marijuana strains can make you sleep better. Cannabis edibles like gummies are a good choice for you if you don’t like smoking marijuana. Say goodbye to insomnia with the help of cannabis.

Epilepsy

“Weed,” a 2013 CNN documentary featuring Charlotte Figi, a child who had an insurmountable amount of seizures a week, depriving her of the ability to walk, talk, and even eat, became an opportunity for marijuana’s ability to stop seizures from being known. When five-year-old Figi’s seizures dropped to two to three times a month after her doctors prescribed her cannabis oil by her parents’ convictions, this inspired more laborious research regarding the effects of cannabinoids, especially in children, claimed Fiona Clement, an associate professor at the University of Calgary.

The use of cannabinoid on children with treatment-resistant epilepsy conditions in a recent study reported the effects of the cannabinoid to drop the frequency of seizures to 20 percent upwards and even sometimes zero (Milne, 2020).

Medical Cannabis and its Importance

According to Barth Wilsey, MD (as cited by Harding, 2013), the main reason why people ask for medical cannabis prescription is pain. May it be a headache, or a long-term condition like glaucoma or nerve pain to disease like cancer.

If you live in a place where medical marijuana is legal, you can obtain a “marijuana card” if your doctor thinks it necessary to have a medical cannabis treatment. Your doctor might also prescribe it to treat:

 Muscle spasms
 Nausea
 Reduced appetite and weight loss
 Seizure disorders
 Crohn’s disease

Marijuana helps with your body to produce chemicals that affect pain, inflammation, and many others to work better, according to Laura Borgelt, PharmD.

Medical marijuana is used by:
 Smoking;
 Vaporizing;
 Eating; or
 Taken as a liquid extract

Conclusion

Numerous scientific breakthroughs enabled the human race to foster and amplify the beneficial effects of even the most unlikely medicines, including the application of marijuana. Although there are still risks that should be taken into account, the effectiveness of this medicine has already deemed the most effective alternative in the medical world.

When used moderately, medical cannabis can be considered as an advantage to all sorts of diseases of all ages. Mainly to ease pain, the promising results of medical marijuana can be humanity’s outlet to a bright future in the world of medicine.

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Harding, A. (2013). Medical Marijuana. Retrieved June 12, 2020, from
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from https://www.readersdigest.ca/health/conditions/conditions-treated-medical-marijuana/

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Comments (12)

  • kmiller33148
    kmiller33148

    As someone who suffers with insomnia and uses weed every night before bed, I can 100% truthfully say that there is no chance in hell I can fall asleep most nights unless I take a rip first.

    July 14, 2020 at 9:42 pm
  • Cofoxl
    Cofoxl

    Marijuana has so many amazing benefits. It was really helpful when I got injured and didn’t wanna take any prescription pain pills. Thanks for another great read.

    July 4, 2020 at 1:09 pm
    • Slothv
      Slothv

      Definitely works great for insomnia and light to moderate pain.

      And going by the videos I’ve seen it really helps with epilepsy and seizures

      July 11, 2020 at 11:50 am
    • Turtleyurtle1954
      Turtleyurtle1954

      Amazing article

      July 12, 2020 at 4:34 am
    • kimkeeran
      kimkeeran

      Cannabis is so amazing how it helps in many different ways.

      July 18, 2020 at 1:59 pm
  • Alysonsandra18
    Alysonsandra18

    My mom had cancer and used many forms of CBD oils, tinctures, edibles, and even weed and theyve helped her tons!

    June 30, 2020 at 1:32 am
  • DAWIFE
    DAWIFE

    I smoke or vape for the calming effects. The fact it helps with my chronic pain is a huge bonus.

    June 29, 2020 at 1:13 pm
  • RafikGhaly
    RafikGhaly

    Giving my girl cbd drops and balm rub for her back.

    June 29, 2020 at 7:35 am
  • kris.lorenscheit
    kris.lorenscheit

    My wife takes cbd oil for fibromyalgia pain. It works well for her.

    June 27, 2020 at 9:06 am
  • kris.lorenscheit
    kris.lorenscheit

    My wife takes cbd oil for fibromyalgia pain

    June 27, 2020 at 9:05 am
  • heyhey
    heyhey

    As we age there isnt alot of people who wouldnt benefit from this amazing plant

    June 25, 2020 at 5:16 pm
  • randyc
    randyc

    good article, its very true about marijuana having many medical uses. This has been known for a long time even during it being illegal. I am sure as time goes on they will find many other uses for this product.

    June 25, 2020 at 10:41 am

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