Medical marijuana has been a hot topic for cannabis enthusiast and governments of different countries for a long time. Somehow, after a lot of hard work and fight, marijuana’s use has been legalized in some of the countries in the world. So, what exactly is medical marijuana? Are there any medical benefits of marijuana? Well, there are several questions that pop in people’s head.
Well, medical marijuana is the use of Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant to treat different diseases (physical or mental). There are several medical marijuana health benefits that are not highlighted by governments, and there have been times when it was called hazardous for health and claimed to not treat any disease. But, after a long fight, it has been proven the effectiveness of cannabis. Yes, just like everything, it also has benefits and some risks, but they are not as huge. We will discuss the risk factors another time.
Today, let us understand the medical benefits of marijuana.
1. Treating Chronic Pain
According to research carried out by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, marijuana, or products containing cannabinoids are quite effective in relieving chronic pain. It is quite a massive thing because a report suggested that more than 25 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain due to disability and cannabis can be an effective medicine for them.
2. Alcohol and drug addiction
Now, this is something which may surprise many of you, but according to research carried out by Clinical Psychology Review, marijuana can help people who are dependent on alcohol or opioid though this should be carried out in a specific limit because excessive usage may make you addicted to marijuana.
Medical marijuana health benefits have a long list, but one of the most important ones is that it can help in killing or slowing down the growth of some types of cancer cells. Medical marijuana can also help in treating nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and these symptoms can be completely alleviated. It must be noted that it doesn’t completely cure or treat any form of cancer.
4. Depression and Post-traumatic stress order
Medical marijuana is also helpful in treating many different mental health issues. Some of the researches prove that people suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress order find it easier to concentrate and think about their lives after using cannabis. It is not an effective way to treat bipolar disorder and psychosis. It is also helpful in treating symptoms of social anxiety, but it was contradicted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine because regular usage can increase social tension.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of products containing cannabidiol (CBD) for treating two types of epilepsy — Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
The approval came after a 2017 research showed that it results in fewer seizures among children with Dravet syndrome. However, it also showed some side effects vomiting, fatigue, and fever.
The emergence of marijuana has been significant in the last two decades. It will be exciting to see if it can help treat more diseases.