Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana – What are the Current Uses?

Marijuana is steadily gaining in popularity (and legality) as an alternative herbal medicine as opposed to being “the gateway drug”, which has been its title for the last few decades.  Many are finding that they can relieve their discomfort and illnesses with one simple plant as opposed to relying on a multitude of pharmaceutical pills and treatments.

Below are a few of the current uses for medical marijuana.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma was one of the first well known disorders that could be treated with marijuana.  Since the seventies, millions of people have been able to reduce intraocular pressure in their eyes.

Epilepsy

Marijuana is particularly effective at suppressing epileptic seizures thanks to its main active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which helps to reduce epileptic stimuli and calm the brain.

Anxiety

Similar to epilepsy, marijuana can have a calming, sedative effect when used in appropriate doses.  However, on the flip side, in some people it can cause increased paranoia and distress when too much is consumed.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Many studies suggest that THC is also effective at slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s by blocking certain brain enzymes that produce amyloid plaques, which are the primary cause of the disease.

Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Those suffering with the digestive discomfort caused by IBS can find relief through smoking marijuana, which helps to block the bad bacteria in the intestinal tract, minimizing pain and bloating.

Lupus

More and more, Systemic Lupus Ertyhematosus, an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack itself, is being treated with medical marijuana thanks to its soothing qualities.

Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis patients are getting their lives and mobility back with the anti-inflammatory effects of medical marijuana, which helps to reduce pain and enable better sleep.

Multiple Sclerosis

While there is no cure for MS, symptoms such as pain and muscle spasms can often be effectively treated since the THC aids in relaxing both the nerves and muscles.

Cancer

Some studies believe that THC may actually be able to keep cancer from spreading by halting the Id-1 gene, which is readily found in cancer-causing cells.  Additionally, marijuana can be used to relieve the pain and nausea associated with chemo treatments needed to wipe out the cancer.