People often wonder whether medical marijuana has any health benefits. The answer to this question is yes. Many global experts are starting to look at cannabis differently, stating that:
– it is a rather strong medical treatment with the potential to improve a patient’s life;
– it is a medicine with an unlimited amount of effects.
The reason marijuana is receiving so much attention in the U.S. right now is that it is a miracle plant that has already saved millions of people, providing them with numerous health benefits. Let us briefly look through five ways medical marijuana can be helpful.
1. Medical marijuana can protect your vision
If you watched the film Due Date with Robert Downey Jr., then you already know that medical marijuana is used to treat glaucoma. What is it, by the way? Glaucoma belongs to the group of eye diseases that cause extremely high pressure in the eyeball. It damages the optic nerve and causes insufferable pain. In fact, it leads to blindness that can appear at any age without any notifications. Thanks to medical marijuana, the symptoms of glaucoma can be reduced.
2. Relief for patients with cancer and AIDS
The most significant benefit of marijuana is its ability to work against the side-effects of chemotherapy—it can minimize nausea and increase appetite. This greatly helps cancer patients that go through a lot as it is, without the nasty adverse effects.
3. Marijuana for pain relief
When people say that they do not feel pain after using marijuana, trust them. Such marijuana components as THC and CBD have been closely examined and identified as effective pain killers. It means that marijuana indeed treats chronic pain.
4. Marijuana fights PTSD and eliminates anxiety
In 2010, a study at Harvard Medical School discovered that small doses of marijuana reduce anxiety and improve the mood. Besides, weed provides a general sedative effect like some medications do but without the side effects.
5. Marijuana helps manage epilepsy
Nearly 1% of the world’s population, which is approximately 72 million people (two times the population of Canada), suffer from epilepsy, and 20-30% of them cannot control it. The 2003 study discovered the ability of cannabinoids to establish control over seizures due to the activation of protein, widely known as the CB1 receptor, that is responsible for the control of excitability and relaxation.