When we think of marijuana, it is not uncommon to think of the euphoria that it offers. The marijuana plant has over a hundred different chemical compounds that are called cannabinoids, and two of these – THC and CBD – has the potential of offering relief from some health conditions and symptoms.
Research is still on as how each of these compounds can help the body in a positive way, without the corresponding ‘high’ effect, and medical marijuana is now grown to reduce that feeling not compromising on the health benefits. In this post, we take a look at some of the diseases and conditions that marijuana can treat.
- AIDS. Studies have revealed that patients suffering from AIDS and those who are HIV positive can benefit from smoking marijuana. This is because it promotes better sleep and mood, and can help with reducing pain.
- Cancer. There are animal studies that have showed that marijuana may kill cancer cells or at least stop growth of cancer cells. As of now, patients are recommended to use it for reducing the nausea that’s caused by chemotherapy. Marijuana also helps in promoting appetite.
- Chronic pain. Limited studies have revealed that the chemical compounds in marijuana can have some positive effect on pain management. For patients who cannot benefit from regular painkillers or for those suffering from multiple sclerosis and cancer, medicines that are based on weed are being used, especially in some parts of Europe.
- Glaucoma. According to some studies, THC present in marijuana has the potential to reduce eye pressure for patients suffering from Glaucoma. It is also believed to reduce blood pressure, as well, while some experts believe that THC can preserve the optic nerves.
- Alzheimer’s disease. Marijuana has been recommended for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, often to modify their behavior and to gain weight. While it is not known what exactly causes Alzheimer’s, but marijuana is likely to help patients- at least that’s what experts think.
If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, you can talk to your doctor to know if you can get a prescription, which helps in getting the marijuana card. Even if you are dealing with extreme pain and don’t want to rely on addicting painkillers, your doctor may choose to recommend marijuana. As of now, recreational marijuana has been legalized in many states in the US but with a few norms.