As more states explore the legalization of medical marijuana, more research will be conducted to determine what the real medical benefits of cannabis are. After decades of debate, we should have more definite research results.
As of now, several illnesses and diseases are considered qualifying conditions for using medical marijuana.
10 Medical Benefits of Cannabis
- Used to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. It has been known for decades (since the 1970s) that one of the medical benefits of cannabis is treating glaucoma. Studies by the National Eye Institute show that that some forms of marijuana lowered intraocular pressure when taken orally. Glaucoma is one of the qualifying conditions in Nevada for medical marijuana patients.
- Helps slow Alzheimer’s Disease. In 2006, the Scripps Research Institute found that THC could treat both the progression and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. With half of the residents of nursing homes having this or a disorder that is related, this is a monumental finding and one of the very notable medical benefits of cannabis.
- Crohn’s disease can be helped. Many patients with Crohn’s disease use medical marijuana to treat their symptoms. A study of 21 patients (10 were given placebos) found that 10 had positive responses and three were able to be weaned from steroids.
- Can control epileptic seizures. Another one of the medical benefits of cannabis is that it helps control seizures in both children and adults. Evidence suggests that cannabinoid compounds can stop convulsions. Charlotte’s web is a cannabis strain developed specifically for children with epilepsy.
- Helps with side effects of chemotherapy. There are many significant side effects for patients having to undergo chemotherapy. Nausea, lack of appetite, and pain have all been helped by cannabis. Reducing these side effects has helped many cancer patients continue chemotherapy.
- Veterans with PTSD know the medical benefits of cannabis. Many veterans have found that their symptoms of PTSD are greatly helped by medical marijuana. Veterans with PTSD experience anxiety, nightmares, and fear and cannabis has been found to alleviate these problems.
- Cannabinoids to treat breast cancer. Veterans with PTSD, a scientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute focuses on the endocannabinoid system and how it controls aggressive cancers. This research for the medical benefits of cannabis to cure cancer is life changing.
- Eases painful symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Many people with multiple sclerosis suffer painful contractions. It has been shown that the THC in medical marijuana eased the pain and patients had fewer contractions.
- Can help manage Hepatitis C. The treatment for managing Hepatitis C is quite severe and has many side effects. Many patients stop treatment before completed because of the harsh side effects. A study by the Veterans with PTSD showed that cannabis users “were significantly more likely to remain on HCV treatment for at least 80% of the projected treatment duration.”
- Helps metabolism. Although you would think that the “munchies” would make marijuana users gain weight, it simply is not true. One of the medical benefits of cannabis is that user generally maintain lower weights than non-users. A study by Veterans with PTSD found “significant associations between marijuana use and smaller waist circumferences.”
More research will provide us with more definitive benefits of cannabis. Have you been helped by medical marijuana? Let us know in the comments section below.