What amazing medicine has been shown to positively treat, or decrease the symptoms of pain from several diseases? Marijuana has proven to be effective in the treatment of spasms, the burning and numbness associated with multiple sclerosis, the vomiting and attendant nausea from chemotherapy. What substance can also lower the intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma, chronic pain, and might even be useful in treating neuropathic pain? Marijuana. That’s right, in a study from the journal Neurologyabout marijuana can help with all of these symptoms from serious medical conditions. According to the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, marijuana, especially oil and other extracts from cannabis plants, can also be useful in treating seizure disorders, Crohn’s Disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
What makes marijuana such a versatile treatment option? The cannabis plant contains several important chemicals including Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is believed to decrease nausea which can be associated with many treatments for health problems like cancer, and THC is useful for stimulating appetite which can be a valuable part of helping people stay strong during illnesses and treatments.
Although the FDA has yet to get on board and approve marijuana for medical treatment, it has approved of synthetic form of THC for treating nausea and vomiting for chemotherapy patients who don’t respond to more traditional treatments. This indicates a move in the right direction by the FDA regarding the use and value of marijuana, but it also indicates that there is more to be done.
One myth about medical marijuana is that everyone who uses it gets high. Some people not in favor of legalizing medical marijuana say they are concerned about users, no matter how old, getting high from medical marijuana. Often, medicinal cannabis is refined in a manner that people getting buzzed is unlikely to occur.
In reality, there are real dangers in frequent and constant use of marijuana, although the long term affects are not known at this time. Cannabis contains more carcinogens than regular tobacco, which makes lung cancer and other cancers a concern, at least to frequent and long-time smokers of cannabis. Other adverse reactions and side effects from frequent use of cannabis can include problems with short term memory, low blood pressure, insomnia, concentration, and depression.