Medical cannabis also referred to as medical marijuana or medical weed is a safe, affordable and an effective alternative for many ineffective, expensive addictive prescription medicines. The cannabis plant contains 400 individual chemicals and it acts on the entire body in many mysterious ways. Most of the studies on the drug have proven its vast benefits and they have been widely accepted.
Below is a list of diseases where medical cannabis has an impact.
In a recent human study that was conducted on 10 HIV infected marijuana smokers, researchers found that HIV positive people who smoked cannabis slept better, ate better and had better mood. Also, the patients who smoked this drug experienced less neuropathic pain.
Some chemicals in this plant have also been proven to help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s gain weight and it lessens the restless behavior that patients exhibit. In a study carried out, researchers indicated that medical cannabis slows the progress of depositing proteins in ones brain. These proteins are part of what leads to Alzheimer though it is not well known what entirely causes the disease.
Pain is the most common condition for which medical cannabis is taken especially in the US. This drug is very effective for arthritis pain and neuropathic pain; pain that involves nerve damage which leads to better sleep. Medical cannabis is less habit forming compared to opiate drugs and it has no risk of a fatal overdose.
Smoking marijuana dilates the human airways, however some patients may experience tightness in their throats and chests.
Marijuana extracts kills certain cancer cells as well as stops cancer growth. The psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis is known to improve the effect of radiation on the cancer cells. This drug is also prescribed to stop nausea as well as enhance appetite in people who are having trouble eating, a condition that accompanies chemotherapy treatment for cancer.
Chemicals in marijuana can be used as a treatment for painful muscles and stiffness that arises from multiple sclerosis. However, the downside of this is that it can impair memory.
In a recent study of 213 patients, cannabis strain that contains high amount of a chemical known as CBD and low in THC. This oil leads to a reduction of 50 per cent seizures in both children and adults.
Researchers also found that inhaled medical cannabis can improve the life of people who are suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This drug helps to ease patient’s pain, limits diarrhea and assists in weight gain.