Interest in medical marijuana has been growing steadily over the past years and for all the good reasons. A number studies published in renowned, peer-reviewed medical journals such as the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, Neurology, Annals of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, and the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology have documented the many significant benefits associated with the use of medical Marijuana across a wide range of races, genders, ages, and health conditions.
What exactly is Medical Marijuana?
Medical Marijuana refers to the use of whole, an unprocessed marijuana plant and its pure extracts to treat a disease or alleviate/improve its symptoms. Its powerful healing properties come from its high cannabidiol (CBD) levels, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), flavonoids, and critical levels of medical terpenes. Medical marijuana is especially a widely known treatment for pain caused by cancer and cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, and you can find the highest grade medical marijuana in the best dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona, Encanto Green Cross.
What are the Benefits of Medical Marijuana?
1. Marijuana Slows Down and Stops Cancerous Cells from Spreading
A 2007 research conducted at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found that cannabidiol (CBD) has the ability to prevent cancer cells from spreading. Another study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics concludes that CBD may stop tumor growth by turning a gene known as Id-1.
2. Marijuana Helps Reduce Pain
Conditions such as arthritis, back pain, nerve damage, cancer, and chronic migraines cause intense pain and discomfort. While painkiller drugs such as oxycodone and morphine are effective in relieving pain, they are associated with severe side effects, in addition to addiction and dependence.
Research indicates that the cannabinoids in marijuana activate the body’s cannabinoid receptors which reduce pain caused by these conditions.
3. Marijuana is Effective in Treating Glaucoma
Marijuana is promoted as an effective treatment for glaucoma, a common eye condition affecting over 3 million Americans. Glaucoma increases pressure in the eyeball, thereby injuring the optic nerve and causing loss of vision. Marijuana works by lowering pressure inside the eye. A number of 1970 studies found that when smoked, marijuana lowered intraocular pressure in people with normal pressure as well as in those with glaucoma.
4. Helps Relieves Arthritis Pain
Researchers in a number of rheumatology units gave Sativex to their patients. Sativex is a cannabinoid-based pain-relieving medicine. After a span of two weeks, the patients had a significant reduction in pain and experienced better sleep quality compared to the placebo users. A number of studies indicate that medical marijuana helps reduce pain and inflammation, making it an effective treatment for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
5. Medical Marijuana Helps Treat Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Mental disorders like anxiety, depression, and PTSD can lead to poor moods, reduced concentration and performance at work/school, thoughts of suicide and self-harm, and strained interpersonal relationships. Medical marijuana has been promoted as an effective treatment for these mental conditions, thereby helping eliminate mood disorders.
Additionally, it can help spur mental creativity and improves focus.
6. Helps Treats Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects approximately 2.3 million Americans. Epilepsy is characterized by epileptic seizures. Recent preclinical studies conducted by the University of Reading found a particular marijuana compound that effectively reduced convulsions, which is a common symptom associated with epilepsy. Various animal studies have demonstrated that THC, a marijuana compound, has the ability to control seizures that are unresponsive to other traditional treatments.
7. Helps Prevents Alzheimer’s
A 2006 study conducted by researchers at the Scripps Research Institute found that TCH, the active ingredients present in marijuana slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The THC compound works by slowing down the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzymes in the brain that makes them. Amyloid plaques are responsible for brain cells death which leads to the condition.
8. Helps Promote Weight Loss and Improves Metabolism
Medical marijuana helps the body to manage daily calorie intake much more efficiently and also helps to regulate insulin production. This explains why marijuana smokers are slimmer compared to non-smokers.
Other incredible benefits of medical marijuana include;
• Reducing pain, nausea, vomiting, and stimulating appetite in cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy
• Protecting the brain after a stroke
• Treating inflammatory bowel diseases
• Curing Crohn’s disease
• Soothing tremors in patients with Parkinson’s disease
• Easing pain caused by multiple sclerosis
• Helping reduce muscle tension and spasms
• Improving the symptoms of Lupus
• Helping reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco
Thanks to its many healing benefits and its increasing popularity, it’s only a matter of time before medical marijuana is legalized all over the world.