The last few decades have seen the acceptance of marijuana as a promising medicine in medical communities and general people alike.
Thanks to the scientific studies and researches that exposed its therapeutic values to the world. Besides, legalization of weeds in 29 U.S. states has also paved the way for people to use marijuana for medicinal use.
While marijuana is not a part of official treatment or a solution to abolish a disease yet, it has been efficient in managing the symptoms and preventing the diseases spreading at a rapid rate. Plus, marijuana can become a replacement for harmful drugs like painkillers.
On the basis of these abilities, marijuana can be a great remedy in the critical medical conditions given below.
Marijuana has been an effective remedy for pain relief for ages. Many ancient civilizations like Egypt, India and China have documented the uses of marijuana as a painkiller.
Even recent studies have proved that marijuana can lower chronic pain. In 2015, six clinical trials were conducted on 325 patients to test marijuana efficiency as a painkiller. The researchers noted a significant improvement in the condition of the subjects (patients) after treating them with medical marijuana. The research concluded that physicians “should educate patients about medical marijuana to ensure that it is used appropriately and that patients will benefit from its use.”
In another study involving 56 patients, it has been found that marijuana can reduce pain by 30%.
What makes marijuana so effective for a pain relief?
Cannabis plant contains analgesic chemicals like CBD and TCH (also known as cannabinoids). This compound lowers pain by affecting the pain receptors in the central nervous system of our body.
Marijuana is a safer alternative to prescription drugs when overdoses and drug abuses cause 17,000 deaths per year in the USA.
Researchers are eagerly looking to cannabis to cure fatal disease like cancer. Many scientific studies have claimed that cannabinoids like CBD and THC kill cancer cells without affecting healthy cells.
Dr. David Meiri, the lead of Israeli project examining varieties of cannabis and its effects on cancer cells, have successfully eradicated brain and breast cancer cells using cannabis.
Then, we have some anecdotal accounts of patients like Dennis Hill and Kelly Hauf who claimed to treat their own cancer using weed.
While many doctors are still cautious about marijuana for cancer, most of them have agreed on the point that cannabis can treat side effects of cancer and its treatment. According to Cancer.org, cannabis is effective for treating nausea, vomiting, pain, insomnia and poor appetite resulting from chemotherapy or cancer.
Marijuana makes a person feel good. The consumers of marijuana are supposed to have a jolly nature.
No wonder that marijuana is being looked as a remedy for depression. One of the key reasons is that it lifts the mood by increasingendocannabinoids in the brain. Endocannabinoids chemicals are produced by the brain to stabilize mood; regulate pain sensation and influence the central nervous system.
Stress, a common sign of depression, is also eased by marijuana. This is because of the compounds known as terpenesthat give marijuana its fragrance. The importantterpenes in cannabis are myrcene, linalool and limonene that smell like mangoes, lavender and lemons respectively. Myrcene relaxes the muscles and improves sleep pattern while limonene lowers anxiety. Linalool is anti-anxiety, anti-convlusant and analgesic in nature.
Like stress, sleep deprivation is common among people with depression. In fact, lack of sleep can aggravate depression. A troubled sleep leads to irritation, mental tiredness, anxiety, anger and stress. Luckily, this prime symptom can also be treated with marijuana.
According to a 1973 study, THC found in cannabis reduces the time it takes us to fall asleep. The study also concluded that THC boosts the time spend sleeping and improves sleep by improving breathing.
Marijuana has been shown to extremely useful in curing several HIV/AIDS signs like HIV/AIDS like pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, depression and nausea. According to one study, marijuana can prevent the spreading of HIV virus throughout the body during infection’s advanced stages. Besides, smoking cannabis can minimize HIV pain levels by 30-34% and chronic pain levels by 70%, according to American Academy of Neurology.
Marijuana is also useful in stimulating appetite of AIDS/HIV patients. In a 2005 study conducted on 523 HIV positive patients, 97% respondents admitted that they experienced improvement in appetite after using cannabis. The researchers believed that this was because of cannabinoids (chemical in cannabis) that affect appetite regulation in the body.
But the key benefit of marijuana is that it helps HIV/AIDS patients manage nausea or vomiting. The United Kingdom Department of Health used a synthetic variant of THC to cure nausea in 1983 and since then, the use of marijuana is on the widespread level among nausea patients. Another study in 2005 found that HIV patients with nausea experienced significant improvement after taking weed.
You must have understood that marijuana is a promising treatment for several critical diseases. However, it is important to consider the right dose, right strain and ways to take a weed. It would be better if you consult your physician for taking marijuana. One more thing—check your state policies regarding the use of marijuana.
Author Bio: Romit is a Marketing Manager at Phytoplant Research S.L., a Medicinal plants research and development company in Spain.