Every year, more and more states are legalizing medical marijuana. The number of countries around the globe where medical marijuana can be used legally is growing too. We all know that it took decades of debates and discussions before the first state has legalized medical marijuana. In other words, there is more than one good reason why they have decided to take this step. Numerous scientific studies were focused on the reaction of different diseases exposed to medical marijuana and the results are very promising. As a matter of fact there are many case studies that can confirm the health benefits of medical marijuana. Even though the list is very long, we have decided to create a short list of seven health conditions medical marijuana may help.
- Chronic pain
If we take a close look at the statistic, we will see that chronic pain is the main reason why most people look for and use medical marijuana. It was proven that medical marijuana has the ability to block the pathway of pain in the nervous system. Although there are some other substances that can provide the same effects like opiates for example, the fact is that marijuana uses specific neuro-chemical transmission. There are some experts that suggest a combination of opiates and marijuana to relieve pain because these natural analgesic remedies will combat pain on two different levels.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
The most important compounds in medical marijuana are the cannabinoids. These compounds may have the ability to keep us safe from glutamate toxicity. There is no doubt that this information is useful to ALS sufferers because this disease leads to increased levels of glutamate in the brain spinal fluid and tissue. By reducing the levels of glutamate toxicity, patients will be able to protect the nervous system and their cognitive functions. Additionally, many ALS patients that have used medical marijuana claim that they have eased the spasms and pain and boosted their appetite.
Medical marijuana is good for cancer patients because it eases nausea, blocks vomiting, boosts appetite, soothes pain and eases anxiety. Of course, there are many studies that have confirmed that medical marijuana can actually fight different types of cancer, but experts are still divided about the form in which medical marijuana should be used for this purpose.
- Multiple sclerosis
People suffering from multiple sclerosis, claim that marijuana soothes the symptoms of tremors, spasticity, anxiety, depression, tremors and exhaustion.
Several scientific studies have indicated that marijuana is able to lower intra-ocular pressure for a certain period of time.
- Intense muscle spasms
Intense muscle spasms are usually cured with the help of pharmaceutical drugs, but the truth Is that many of them lead to certain side effects. On the other hand, people dealing with intense muscle spasms have reduced their intensity with medical marijuana without experiencing any side effects.
- Crohn’s disease
Medical marijuana can also soothe the symptoms of many different GI disorders and diseases like Crohn’s disease. Thanks to the aforementioned cannabinoids, the body is able to use the CB2 receptor to the maximum and lower inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.