Medical marijuana has many, many uses, we all know that. What might be unfamiliar, though, are some of the different medical conditions currently being treated with cannabis. The United States is pushing closer to nation-wide legalization every day, largely because of the great success patients are having under medical marijuana treatment plans.
Anxiety, PTSD, depression and Crohn’s Disease are just a few of the debilitating medical conditions cannabis is having a positive effect on. With new research and testing continuously being performed, scientists are constantly finding new and innovative ways to use cannabis in the medical industry. So much new information can make the details hard to understand; here are 10 medical conditions weed is sure to help.
1. Parkinson’s Disease
While the cause of this mystery disease remains unknown, scientists have discovered the cells surrounding affected areas of the brain are covered in cannabinoids. CBD oils show promise at offering some relief from the constant trembling while cannabis tinctures prove to reduce muscular pain.
2. Dravet Syndrome
This heart-breaking disease is a rare form of infinite epilepsy. After suffering over 300 grand mal seizures per week, 5-year-old Charlotte Figi was put on an extract regimen. After becoming one of the first children ever treated with medical marijuana, Charlotte is nearly seizure free. She is also the reason behind the famous strain, Charlotte’s web, known for its low THC and high CBD content.
Whether anxiety is the main illness, or a symptom of another illness, marijuana is a great way to relieve the tense, uneasy feelings that come along with the mind-racing, anxious thoughts. After a few puffs of a relaxing indica strain, feelings of unrest dissolve away.
5. Celiac Disease
Nothing can cure Celiac Disease, but cannabis certainly has shown to help relieve symptoms. As a personal suffer, I know herb is the first thing I reach for after accidentally ingesting gluten. THC helps to slow muscle contractions in the digestive track, making the pain lighter and less intense.
Depression can strike at any time, without warning, and devastate the sufferer. Cannabis is proven to reduce the feelings of helplessness and sadness, making it easier to overcome bouts of depression.
7. HIV & AIDS
When states are considering which conditions to approve for treatment with medical marijuana, HIV & AIDS are always at the top of the list. Appetite stimulation, reduced nausea, and improved sleeping patterns are all experienced through cannabis treatment, leading to a higher quality of life.
8. Crohn’s Disease
Also known as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s can make it unbearable to perform daily tasks. With the help of cannabis, many sufferers are finding complete and total relief from irritating symptoms.
As Glaucoma develops, pressure builds behind the eye, causing optic nerve damage and even vision loss. Medical marijuana is proven to reduce the pressure while elevating the accompanying pain and discomfort.
It has become a pretty indisputable fact: cannabis kills cancer cells. Scientists have been studying the effects of marijuana on different types of cancer for decades. Aside from reducing nausea and physical weakness, brought on by chemotherapy, cannabis is proving to actually reduce the number of cancerous cells.
Cannabis has the power help millions of people suffering from many other diseases. With continued research and experimentation, marijuana will prove itself to be the life-saving plant many of us already know it to be.
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