9 Medical Conditions Helped Immediately by Cannabis

Cannabis has been used  to treat medical symptoms for very long time. It is sad because the United States is a leader in many things but medical marijuana research is definitely not one of them; Israel holds that title. This is due to the fact that cannabis is still a Schedule 1 on the list of banned or highly regulated controlled substances. Schedule 1 means that the DEA thinks there are absolutely no medicinal benefits from marijuana, even for research purposes.

How many cannabis species are there and how they differ in effects?

Is it important to know that there are three species out of cannabis:  Cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis which is also known as hemp. Different marijuana strains can produce different effects for a patient. Indica-dominant  strains are known to have  effects on the body versus the mind. This cannabis strain can also  have a sedative effect while sativas tend to have more of an upbeat feeling.  Cannabis ruderalis, which is also known as hemp, has a natural high CBD potency and low THC content for medical marijuana patients that are not looking to get high.

What was one of the first recorded medical uses of marijuana?

One of the first medical uses of weed was as an anesthetic in ancient China.  Medical marijuana states will list medical conditions that will qualify a patient  to gain access to cannabis from a dispensary. Many of these conditions are listed below in our list of top 9 medical conditions where marijuana has been shown to be beneficial.

What are the top 9 medical conditions where cannabis has been shown to be beneficial?

1) AIDS / HIV

This medical condition starts with getting a virus called the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV.  It is an awful disease that basically ruins a person’s immune system by attacking a patient’s white blood cells. When your immune system goes out, you open your body up to a myriad of diseases.  While HIV is a virus, AIDS is a medical condition. When a patient has full-blown AIDS, this means that the HIV virus  has caused major damage to the immune system.

How can marijuana help AIDS / HIV patients?

A lot of the medication used to treat patients with HIV or AIDS can cause loss of appetite and severe nausea. HIV / AIDS  can cause severe pain and cannabis has analgesic qualities which helps reduce that pain.  Another interesting way of how marijuana helps HIV / AIDS patients is that it can help with symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy.

2) Arthritis

How can cannabis help people suffering from arthritis?

Arthritis is a painful disease that can attack joints.  It is a medical ailment that causes pain to 52.5 million adults. Marijuana has shown to be useful for arthritis in a number of ways through various studies. A study from Oxford which involved 58 patients concluded that the cannabinoids found in cannabis mitigates some of the arthritis pain and the patients were able to sleep better. There was also another study done from the National Institute of Neuroscience that drew the conclusion that marijuana can help mitigate inflammations that are responsible for arthritic pain.

3) Cancer

How can weed help cancer patients?

There have been quite a few cancer-related studies on animals which shows that marijuana can actually kill cancer cells in a laboratory environment. There was another study done with mice  which showed that THC,  the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, can improve the impact of radiation therapy on cancer cells. The variety of cannabinoids found in marijuana can also be beneficial for treating some of the nasty  side effects  that come with cancer therapies.

4) Chronic Pain

Can cannabis be used for pain relief?

The first recorded medical use of cannabis was by a Chinese surgeon Hua Tuo in 500 AD.  He wrote how cannabis can be used as an anesthetic.  Americans in the 1800’s could get marijuana-infused medicines through mail order before the Marijuana Tax Act. This effectively prohibited cannabis in the United States in 1937. There is a pharmaceutical drug based off of cannabinoids found in marijuana and it’s called Sativex.  Sativex is being tested to treat patients with suffering from cancer-related pain and patients suffering from multiple sclerosis.

I find this pretty ironic considering medical researchers in the United States have a hard time obtaining marijuana for research purposes but Big Pharma is allowed to profit off of cannabis-based medicines!

5) Chrohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease is an awful medical condition that afflicts the bowel region and some symptoms can include frequent diarrhea, abdominal cramping,  and possible rectal bleeding.  Not fun! There was a small study done on patients suffering from this medical condition and it concluded that the patients who smoke marijuana benefited from less pain, less diarrhea and by helping with weight gain.

6) Epilepsy

How did a cannabis strain called Charlotte’s Web help a severely epileptic little girl in Colorado?

Epilepsy is a medical  ailment where a patient may experience frequent seizures. The cannabinoid, CBD, has shown to reduce the frequency of seizures in epileptic patients.  There is a famous case of a girl named Charlotte  in Colorado. She had the worst kind of epilepsy called the Dravet Syndrome. A cannabis strain that really helped this girl’s epilepsy is called Charlotte’s Web. This marijuana strain was crossbred to be really high in  CBD  but low in THC  potency so it can be administered to children.

7) Glaucoma

Why is medical marijuana recommended for glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease which attacks the optic nerve. It can cause vision loss and even blindness if not treated. Symptoms of glaucoma occur because of an increase in fluid pressure in the eye which can negatively impact sight.  Cannabis has been shown to be beneficial for patients suffering from glaucoma. The cannabinoid, THC, that is found in marijuana has been shown to reduce eye pressure which can provide relief.  

8) Multiple sclerosis

How does weed help patients suffering from Multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous system which includes the brain and the spinal cord. The immune system in your body starts attacking protective myelin, which is  supposed to protect your nerves.  Marijuana has shown to protect the brain and eases muscle stiffness / muscle spasms.  Cannabis can also help patients suffering from MS by relieving pain, sleeping better, and improving general mood. CBD also decreases  inflammation of the optic nerve and can also help with MS patients suffering from blurry vision.

9) PTSD

PTSD is a mental health disorder that causes anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, anger issues, and depression. It stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is caused by undergoing some kind of traumatic experience. Some examples that can cause PTSD could include events such as combat action in war, sexual assault, serious  accidents,  or a violent robbery.  It inappropriately triggers the flight or fight reflexes in a person suffering from PTSD later on and a patient may suffer from PTSD symptoms.

How does marijuana help with people suffering from PTSD?

There is a lot of  research that shows the benefits of cannabis and patients suffering from PTSD.  There is a theory that the cannabinoids found in marijuana can react to CB1 receptors and this helps mitigate the fight or flight reflex.  People suffering from PTSD have lower levels of anandamide which is a neurotransmitter responsible for the emotion of bliss. It has been referred to as the “Bliss molecule”.

The cannabinoid, THC, found in marijuana helps elevate levels of anandamide in a patient suffering from PTSD. Weed also has the cannabinoid, CBD, which has been shown to reduce levels of anxiety. PTSD  is a qualifying medical condition for some medical marijuana states.  Cannabis can definitely be a great alternative to treating PTSD as opposed to taking psychiatric drugs with often, unwanted side effects.

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