01 Apr 6 Benefits of Medical Marijuana
Since the beginning of time, or at least 12,000 years ago, marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes. It has been recorded in various cultures throughout the world and documented as the ancient drug of choice for both tooth and labor pains.
Marijuana is noted for pain control in cancer and terminal patients, but cannabis itself has healing properties and is used as treatment even in the United States.
- Glaucoma is an eye disease that is classified by increased pressure to the eyeball causing optical nerve damage and loss of sight. Since the 1970s, marijuana has been shown to reduce optical pressure preventing blindness.
- Epilepsy is commonly known as a seizure disorder that is treated with high level drugs or narcotics. A 2003 study revealed that when THC binds to receptors in the brain, it targets those that produce excitability and regulate relaxation- controlling seizures.
- Cancer is currently the number two killer in the United States. In 2007, researchers found than marijuana may stop cancer by disabling the Id-1 Gene and reduce the spread and aggressive nature of cancer cells.
- Alzheimer’s Disease causes memory loss and decreased functioning in adults and Senior Citizens. Molecular Pharmaceuticals published that cannabis slows the plaques known to kill brain cells and cause Alzheimer’s.
- Crohn’s Disease inflames the bowels causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and a multitude of other symptoms. A study revealed that marijuana relieved symptoms in 10 of 11 patients and was responsible for the full remission of 5.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries are caused by contact sports and injuries. They come in the form of concussions and brain swelling. An animal study showed promising results by lessening swelling and aiding in the healing process.
Marijuana has shown many exciting opportunities when used as medication. With over 23 uses found, it’s only a matter of time before marijuana is a treatment in all 50 states.