Now that the demonizing of marijuana has slowed significantly, more people are open to the medicinal qualities of it. With the tides changing towards it being a therapeutic medicine versus a drug, there are more and more studies on the medical benefits of marijuana. With this knowledge will hopefully come a professional acceptance of marijuana for medical use. According to the website Aurora MJ, there are now hundreds of specially grown strains to treat a variety of medical conditions.
Reversal of Cancer Causing Effects of Tobacco
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2012 claimed that experts found that despite smoking it, marijuana does not impair one’s lung function. It can even increase lung capacity. It’s not known for sure why this is true, but doctors have theorized this is due to the deep breaths necessary to inhale the drug.
Treatment of Dravet’s Syndrome
Dravet’s syndrome is a severe seizure disorder that also causes developmental delays. In a documentary created by Dr Sanjay Gupta, he interviewed a family who uses a marijuana strain high in cannabidiol and low in THC to treat their daughter’s severe seizures. With the therapy, she went from having 300 seizures a week to only one per week. Doctors who recommend this therapy say that the cannabidiol in the plant works with the brain cells to decrease the excess activity that causes the seizures.
Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease
The Scripps Research Institute in California discovered in 2006 that the active ingredient, THC, prevents the release of a certain enzyme that speeds up the formation of “Alzheimer’s plaques” in the brain and protein clumps that lead to decreased cognition and memory. This study also found that THC was more effective in treating these than FDA cleared drugs on the market.
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Relieve Pain in Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Recent clinical trials have shown evidence that marijuana has a positive impact on multiple sclerosis patients with severe muscle spasms. Some users might experience negative side effects like dizziness and fatigue, but many people say that it helps with the pain in their arms and legs during painful contractions. Unlike traditional drug therapies, they also have a better sense of well being leading to overall happiness.
Improve Depression and Anxiety
It’s been found that people who take marijuana either daily or even just occasionally have fewer symptoms of depression or experience less severe symptoms. A study showed that weekly users had less depressive moods and a more positive attitude than non-users. The same could be said for people suffering from anxiety. Their overall anxiety symptoms were successfully decreased with regular marijuana use.
Prevent Severe Medication Side Effects in Hepatitis C Patients
With over 3 million Americans contracting Hepatitis C every year, their therapy is often aggressive. Approved and effective medications have miserable side effects like appetite loss, depression, severe nausea, fatigue, and muscle aches that make it incredibly difficult to live a normal life. Marijuana therapy in combination with the drug therapy reduces the side effects and improves the virus’s response to the drugs and eliminating the virus from the body.
More doctors are becoming accepting of using marijuana for medical purposes. Because of this, more people are able to personally see the benefits of marijuana and improve their medical condition.