7 Major Uses of Cannabis in Medicine Today

The use of marijuana for various health ailments is increasing rapidly in the US as published by a recent study. People have used marijuana also known as cannabis, to treat health issues for at least 3000 years, as per the National Institutes of Health.

Let’s have a look at the benefits of cannabis:

1. Appetite Stimulation

There are many reasons for appetite suppression. Some patients particularly struggling with cancer and HIV find eating difficult, due to the impact of the strong medications on their appetite. Chronic pain and emotional distress also lead to a lack of appetite that in turn affects the nutrition level of the body. Cannabis helps in boosting appetite. Studies show that cannabis alters eating behavior and recovers appetite loss. It acts as a good appetite stimulator and this phenomenon is also known as “the munchies”. The components THC and cannabinol are the anti-appetite suppressants in cannabis.

2. Arthritis and Rheumatism Pain

The wear and tear of cartilage between hip bones and knee joints lead to wearing down of the joint which leads to arthritis. According to a study, CBD oil helps in reducing inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Medical cannabis aids in treating arthritis in the form of CBD oil, according to the Arthritis Society of Canada. The CB receptors found in cannabis trigger the cannabinoids that the body produces. This helps in relieving pain. It can also be applied topically to relieve pain from rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

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3. Cancer

Medical applications of cannabis for cancer has been very promising. Studies have proven that cannabinoids promote apoptosis, the phenomenon of killing of tumor cells in a programmed manner and cutting off of blood supply to the tumor. The cannabinoids, CBD and THC stop the growth of cancer cells like brain cancer, breast cancer, leukemia or any other kind of cancer.

You can either inhale or smoke marijuana to relieve the neuropathic pain. The combination of  THC and CBD is found to be more effective than THC alone. Like cannabis, common steroids like methylprednisolone, hydrocortisone, dexamethasone can assist during cancer treatment and when used along with chemotherapy, they can be more effective. If you are in Canada, you can buy steroids in Canada online.

4. Labor Pain

Cannabis has proven to have analgesic properties. According to an article in the New York Times, many expecting women are taking cannabis in moderation for reducing labor pain. Expecting women prefer smoking cannabis for its analgesic properties rather than chemical analgesia. There are no side effects noticed to the baby and the delivery is smooth. Though there is no evidence of cannabis for labor pain, apparently it has helped few mothers during their delivery.

5. Glaucoma

Glaucoma, eye disease is a result of increased pressure in the eyeball.  It damages the optic nerve, causing loss of vision. Studies show that cannabis can help in the prevention and treatment of glaucoma. According to a 1970 study smoking of cannabis lowers the intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma. This prevents blindness by slowing down the progression of the disease. Cannabis also helps in the overall wellness of the eye. The human eye has high levels of CB1 receptors which interact with cannabis healthily.

6. Parkinson’s Disease

After Alzheimer’s, the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disease is Parkinson’s disease. It’s a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that affects the part of the brain which controls movement. It generally appears in people aged over 60 and causes neuropathic pain due to the damage to dopamine-producing neurons.

Cannabis is neuroprotective in nature. According to a study, Cannabis can help in activating the serotonin receptors in the brain that can reduce pain due to Parkinson’s disease and also helps in proper sleep.

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7. Migraine

Migraine is a result of moderate to severe recurrent headaches with other symptoms like vomiting, sensitivity to smell, sound, light, etc. The deficiency of the endocannabinoid system causes migraine headache. Studies show that cannabis can alleviate the pain of migraine by activating the endocannabinoid system. Cannabis also helps in fighting mood swings, depression and anxiety that are symptoms associated with migraine.

Other than the above mentioned medical uses of cannabis, it also helps in improving lung health of tobacco users, decrease anxiety, helps with seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.

A lot of research is still required to throw more light on the health benefits of cannabis and clarify potential dangers. This will also help the doctors to decide if it’s safe to prescribe to patients or not. You can get budget buds online and get it delivered to your doorstep. The cannabis prices vary from place to place depending on whether it’s legal or illegal.