With all of its therapeutic uses, marijuana has a, shall way say, enjoyable side effect that’s been exaggerated as a concern: the “high” which the DEA used to feel was not acceptable. Fortunately, times and opinions are changing and people suffering from chronic health problems can get the relief they so deserve. We put our health and well being in the hands of our physicians every day, even taking the potentially dangerous drug that some tend to pass out like candy; finally it looks like we’ll have a healthy alternative thanks to the legalization of cannabis.
Medical Marijuana Cures & Relief
although it’s extremely damaging to the immune system, chemotherapy helps fight cancer and AIDS patients. The often devastating side effects of chemo include nausea and loss of appetite, but medical marijuana has been found to be a powerful agent for curbing the nausea brought on by chemotherapy treatments. This is also the case with AIDS and can even relieve motion sickness. There are pharmaceutical grade nausea control medications on the market, unfortunately in many cases the patient ends up throwing them back up. Because cannabis can be ingested as smoke, it stays in the system and keeps working even if vomiting continues. Researchers at the Medical College of Virginia found that marijuana is can successfully reduce several kinds of tumors, both malignant and benign.
Over 15 million Americans are impacted by asthma and smoking medical marijuana can be beneficial for as many as 80% of them. Taking a hit of marijuana has the ability to prevent a full blown asthma attack in some cases. Cannabis provides a natural solution to treating Asthma instead of taking toxic medicines like the Theophylline that’s often prescribed to children.
Glaucoma, a progressive loss of eyesight, is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Smoking marijuana can benefit 90% of the nations 2.5 million glaucoma sufferers, and it is two to three times more effective than most of the current medications for reducing ocular pressure. Even more important is the fact that cannabis doesn’t cause any toxic side effects to the kidney or liver and there isn’t a danger of the periodic sudden death syndromes that have been associated with the pharmaceutical glaucoma eye drops/drugs. Interesting face: During the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, many California eye doctors discreetly recommended that their patients use “street” marijuana along with their prescribed glaucoma medications.
In most cases, medical marijuana is a beneficial treatment option for as high as 60% of epileptics. Cannabis extract is actually more effective than other commonly prescribed anti-epileptic drugs like Dilantin, which also comes with several known severe side effects. Cannabis users’ epileptic seizures are less intense than the more hazardous seizures endured by those that took pharmaceuticals.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Smoking cannabis has been proven to provide a major source of relief for those afflicted by multiple sclerosis. MS impacts the nervous system and is characterized by tremors, muscular weakness, etc. Treating Multiple Sclerosis with medical marijuana can reduce or ease symptoms that include pain, spasticity, depression, sexual dysfunction, ataxia and anxiety, according to several case studies and clinical trials. In addition, medical marijuana may be able to slow the neuro-degeneration that’s associated with MS.
Ohio State University’s Gary Wenk, PhD, a prominent professor of neuroscience, immunology and medical genetics has stated that using low doses of marijuana for extended periods of time at some point in their lifetime could slow the onset of dementia, to the point where you’d probably die of old age before you get Alzheimerís. Wenks has been studying how to fight brain inflammation for more than 25 years and marijuana could be a solution. Part of the success of marijuana when it comes to Alzheimer’s is that the THC in it has a direct effect on the disease cycle.
Inflammation plays a key role in not only Alzheimerís, but Parkinson’s disease, dementia, autism, ALS, schizophrenia, AIDS, dementia, multiple sclerosis and more. Taking anti-inflammatories has preventative effects on the brain and cannabis is one of the oldest, safest, strongest and cheapest anti-inflammatory there is.
While tobacco constricts arteries, marijuana opens them up. Since migraine headaches are caused by artery spasms combined with an over relaxation of the veins, the vascular changes marijuana causes in the brain’s meninges (covering) can make migraines go away. Evidence of the vascular change induced by cannabis is apparent when you look into the user’s red eyes, which are actually the extensions of the brain. Unlike most drugs, marijuana has no evident effect on the vascular system except for a somewhat increased heart rate during the onset of the high.
Smoking marijuana, while having a reputation for increasing the appetite can actually help users to stay slim which has the potential of lowering their risk of getting diabetes, according to a 2013 study, which also suggests that certain compounds in the herb can also help control blood sugar. The 2013 research which was published in the American Journal of Medicine isn’t the first to find that Cannabis plays a dual role when it comes to its relationship to weight. Three preceding studies discovered that marijuana users are less likely to be overweight, have lower body mass index measurements and a lower risk for diabetes. The most amazing fact is that these tendencies transpired in spite of the fact that the users seemed to be consuming more calories.
Another important finding regarding the connection between medical marijuana is that current users appeared to have a better carbohydrate metabolism than those that don’t use it according to Harvard Medical School’s Murray Mittleman, an associate professor and the lead authority of the study. Mittleman found that their fasting insulin levels are lower, and they seemed to be less resistant to the insulin that is produced by their body to sustain a normal blood sugar level.
Even with a growing number of states now legalizing marijuana, the politics of pot may still overshadow research efforts to understand everything that cannabinoids can treat or prevent. The fact that it may help us tackle the current obesity problems the U.S. is facing may help resolve one of our biggest public health issues, one that leads to an endless list of medical issues.