Marijuana and its cannabis derivatives, have known medical benefits that have been documented for decades, if not for centuries. In fact, almost the sole reason that medical marijuana has gained acceptance at all is because of the undeniable reason that it aids in the comfort and reduces the swelling of the eyes in glaucoma patients. Secondary to that, it is also given to cancer patients to control the nausea associated with chemotherapy drugs. These two specific uses of medical marijuana alone are well documented and cannot be denied.
The reality is that, these two uses are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to medical marijuana. There are also other medical uses that have been documented and confirmed, yet not accepted within the scientific community. The stigma that marijuana is only a “recreational drug” has contributed to the lackadaisical acceptance for its other known medical uses, some of which will be listed and described below.
Studies carried out in the late 1990’s have confirmed the value that medical marijuana has played in helping those with HIV infection. Ingesting cannabis by either eating or smoking, increased caloric intake and prevented the dreaded wasting effect of the virus.
On October 8th, 2007, The American Academy of HIV Medicine stated that, “When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients.”
Perhaps the most exciting news to come out of HIV/marijuana research is that in February of 2014, there was found a proven link, that by ingesting the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, it was effective in stopping the spread of the HIV virus in monkeys. If funding and testing continues, this could be a huge breakthrough for the use of medical marijuana in HIV positive patients.
Although we have already touched on the cancer and medical marijuana relationship, consider this. Two research scientists, Pierre Desprez and Sean McAllister, working out of the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California, have located a marijuana derived compound that can stop the metastasis process in several types of more aggressive cancer strains. These findings have the potential to, literally, curtail the fatality of these cancers. This revolutionary research was published in the September 21st, 2012 edition of the Huffington Post.
Further, United Kingdom researchers have already killed leukemia cancer cells using marijuana compounds. These experiments are the beginning of medical marijuana research for use in the cure for cancer, and the future looks bright.
The bane of modern civilization, Alzheimer’s disease, has been shown to be receptive to treatment with medical marijuana. A 2006 study found that the active cannabinoids in marijuana can block an enzyme that aids in the progression of the disease. It equally settles disturbed motor skills, relieves loss of memory and counteracts diminished intellect and dementia. So far, every FDA approved drug used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s only treats the symptoms, but marijuana has been proven to interrupt the chemical sequences that cause Alzheimer’s and has been clinically proven to block the progression of the disease from getting worse.
The Bottom Line
Medical marijuana is a valuable tool for the treatment and possible cure of many diseases, with the most common and debilitating ones listed here. Solid backed research, not speculation, proves these claims, and as medical marijuana becomes more and more accepted as it gains a foothold into the mainstream, there will be no question of the value that medical marijuana will become to orthodox medical science.
How has medical marijuana affected you or someone you know? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.