Medical uses for cannabis can be a controversial topic because scientific research has been limited. However, anecdotal evidence strongly suggests marijuana can treat a variety of health issues. If this anecdotal evidence is true, it becomes more difficult to argue against the medical benefits. It’s also important to state some prescription drugs, approved by the FDA, have never substantiated their medical claims scientifically either.
Medical cannabis has it’s place for medical treatments.
People have used marijuana to treat health problems for thousands of years. History books and manuscripts prove our ancient cultures benefited from cannabis for a variety of needs. Even United States Pharmacists used marijuana tinctures for ailments until 1942.
The reality is there are many medical uses for cannabis and we need to keep exploring them for health issues.
We know the cannabis plant has hundreds of chemical compounds called cannabinoids. While cannabinoids are found in plants, they’re also found in our bodies. These compounds assist our body to work better by entering the endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids attach to receptors in our body to help it fight cancer, repair signal damage, and reduce inflammation.
The Top 10 Medical Uses for Cannabis
Cancer: Cannabinoids are being used to remedy side effects associated with cancer treatments, including nausea and vomiting.
HIV/AIDS: THC has been determined to increase appetite and is therefore used to treat cachexia, associated with both HIV and Alzheimer’s disease patients.
Epilepsy: The oldest indication cannabis could be used for medical reasons is when researchers discovered its effectiveness in controlling seizures.
Spasticity: Cannabis has been used to reduce continuous muscle contractions associated with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and other spine issues.
Pain: Large-scale studies have proven the effectiveness of cannabis to treat mild to chronic pain caused by a wide range of disorders.
Glaucoma: Cannabis has been long used to reduce pressure inside the eyes and can contribute to the prevention of blindness.
Inflammation: CBD and THC has been shown to reduce pain caused by inflammation, in cases from Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel disease to arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Psychiatric symptoms: Cannabis has been known to improve moods in depression patients, as well as benefit patients with sleep, anxiety and/or bipolar disorders.
Dependency/withdrawal: Studies have found marijuana reduces physical withdrawal symptoms and stress from opioid, alcohol and psychoactive drugs.
Asthma: Cannabis has been recognized as having anti-asthmatic effects that help to reduce symptoms.
It’s hard to believe a natural medicine has so many medical uses for cannabis. What’s harder to believe is it’s not yet a mainstream option.
Thankfully most states have medical cannabis programs in place, yet cannabis remains illegal federally. Fingers crossed the new congressional 420 Bill (and yes, that is actually the bill’s name) will change this and usher in a new era of medical treatments. Until then, be sure to check out your state’s cannabis laws to see if medical cannabis is a possible treatment option.
A final word.
While there are many medical uses for cannabis and people have benefitted from it, there’s no guarantee it will cure or help your health issue. As great as anecdotal evidence is, there’s no magic bean to being healed. Always consider the research, where the information is coming from, and lean on the advice of professional health care providers.