In particular, researchers have pointed out two active chemicals in marijuana; cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which they say have medicinal applications. THC has pain relieving properties whereas CBD seems to have a positive impact on the brain without making someone high. Nevertheless, a lot of research still needs to be done in terms of analyzing marijuana’s medical properties.
Caution should also be taken at all times when using this drug since abuse or overuse can quickly lead to addiction.
Below are a few of the health benefits associated with marijuana.
1. Controls Epileptic Seizures
Dr. DeLorenzo and his team injected epileptic rats with marijuana extract and synthetic marijuana, and for about 10 hours these drugs eliminated the rats’ seizures. The study revealed that cannabinoids in marijuana control seizures by binding to the cells in the brain responsible for regulating relaxation and controlling excitability.
2. Treats Glaucoma
According to the National Eye Institute; some derivatives of marijuana lowers the pressure inside the eye. As a result, these effects of the drug can slow down the progression of glaucoma, preventing blindness.
3. Slows Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
4. Stops Cancer from Spreading
In a lab, the research scientists experimented on breast cancer cells that had high expression levels of Id-1 gene, which they treated with cannabidiol. Positive results were recorded; the cancer cells had decreased Id-1 expression and were also less aggressive spreaders.
5. Relieves Arthritis Discomfort
In the study researchers from rheumatology units at various hospitals gave their patients a cannabinoid-based, pain-relieving medicine referred to as Sativex. After a period of two weeks, the patients on Sativex reported a significant reduction in pain and their sleep quality had improved too, compared to placebo users.
6. Decreases Anxiety
7. Relieves the Pain of Multiple Sclerosis
8. Treats Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
9. Reduces Severe Pain and Nausea from Chemotherapy and Stimulates Appetite
Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy tend to suffer from painful nausea, vomiting, as well as loss of appetite, which can lead to additional health complications. In such cases, medical marijuana is used to help reduce these side effects by alleviating pain, reducing nausea, and stimulating the patient’s appetite. Also, there are many FDA-approvedcannabinoid drugs that use the THC chemical present in marijuana, for similar purposes.
10. Soothes Tremors for People with Parkinson’s Disease
In Israel, medical marijuana is legalized for multiple conditions. Also, a lot of research into the medical uses of this drug is carried out in that country with the support of the Israeli government.
11. Improves the Symptoms of Lupus – An Autoimmune Disorder
12. Can Improve Lung Health
These are only a few health benefits of Marijuana, there are a lot more and hopefully, even more, will be discovered in future studies.