What if the answer to some of the most troubling ailments you have is as simple as a plant or an oil? Think of how your life could be different if instead of chemical prescriptions you found a natural remedy that could improve your quality of life dramatically. It might seem too simple, but as more research emerges, more and more people are realizing that they might find hope in the benefits of medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana is often associated with specific conditions commonly portrayed in mainstream media such as chronic pain and glaucoma, but truth is there’s much more to this therapeutic plant than that. Doctors have been treating patients with different forms of marijuana for a wide-range of medical conditions for years in some states.
The medicinal uses of cannabis either fall under THC treatments and CBD treatments. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol which is the cannabinoid that acts as a psychoactive, and CBD is short for cannabidiol which is also a cannabinoid, but it is not mind-altering and non-addictive. There are some impressive perks to both of these cannabinoids. Check out these eight surprising health benefits.
1. Prevents Seizures
In 1973, research was conducted on cannabidiol, also known as CBD, which is the cannabinoid. Researchers were studying the potential of CBD as an anti-convulsive. CBD is considered non-addictive and not mind altering, which made it especially useful in the treatment of children with epilepsy. In fact, an organization in Colorado called Charlotte’s Web gives parents with children who have severe epilepsy access to high-quality cannabis with a high content of CBD.
2. Treats Anxiety
In the United States, over 40 million adults suffer from anxiety. For those struggling to stop the worrying and manage the effects of their condition, there’s good news. Low doses of marijuana may help ease anxiety. Some studies show the opposite effect, however, in high doses.
3. Slows Effects of Alzheimer’s
A study conducted in 2006 showed that THC, the other most potent cannabinoid of cannabis, slows the progression of Alzheimer’s by blocking the production of plaques that kill brain cells and eventually cause the devastating memory-loss disease. The benefit is huge for families with a loved one struggling to hold on to their precious memories.
4. Minimizes Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
People struggling with Crohn’s disease know how debilitating it is to deal with vomiting, nausea, stomach pains, weight loss, and diarrhea on a consistent basis. The good news is that one of the benefits of smoking cannabis is reducing the symptoms of Crohn’s disease to a more manageable level. While the study was small, showing 10 out of 11 patients experiencing relief, the results could lead to further research with this condition.
5. Increases Appetite
For patients struggling with HIV or lack of appetite from chemo therapy medical marijuana is frequently used to increase appetite. THC is to thank for this. There’s also a prescription form of synthetic THC that patients take as a pill to get the same appetite-inducing effect. This is definitely one of the many benefits of medical marijuana that is saving lives.
6. Decreases Pain Related to MS
Sufferers of multiple sclerosis in the United States and United Kingdom participated in a survey about their disease and their use of cannabis. The majority of the participants in the survey reported that cannabis helped to alleviate many of their symptoms, including tremors.
7. Treats IBS
A study in 2003 showed that THC can reduce stomach pains and colonic spasms in people suffering with irritable bowel syndrome. Patients with IBS also deal with anxiety related to their condition. These results seem to come the consumption of cannabis.
8. Modulate Appetite in those Struggling with Eating Disorders
Eating disorders destroy appetites and metabolisms, and the recovery for these conditions is often brutal. Thanks to one of the benefits of cannabis, patients are regaining their appetites and slowly transitioning back into normal eating habits.
For those who rely on costly prescription medications to treat chronic illnesses debilitating diseases, the benefits of medical marijuana far outweigh any of the negatives.
Access to the different types of cannabis treatment vary state to state, so be sure you do your research to figure out if your condition qualifies for medical marijuana.