Marijuana is now legal in 18 states in the US for medical use with Massachusetts being the most recent to legalise its prescription and use for medical reasons. Since it was first used nearly 5,000 years ago it has brought a variety of benefits to patients of many diseases and while the drug still has the potential for abuse, it is considered safe and beneficial by large portions of the medical community. So, what medical benefits can cannabis really afford us? Below are just 6 of the potential uses that marijuana has to offer.
It is well known that marijuana gives smokers the munchies. Medical marijuana strains can help to encourage patients to eat. While the effects of using the drug are unknown on those with psychological problems like anorexia, it is possible to treat patients that suffer from nausea as a result of other illnesses. HIV and cancer patients can enjoy relief from nausea and their bodies encouraged to gain weight by eating more – cannabis does not necessarily need to be smoked to offer benefits.
HIV patients can enjoy a gamut of benefits from the drug. It relieves pain and anxiety as well as nausea and these are common symptoms of the disease. A number of studies have indicated that marijuana offers a range of benefits to HIV sufferers that are not found in any other single drug.
Marijuana was used in Ancient China in order to help relieve rheumatic and arthritic pain and it continues to offer these potential benefits. Not only can it help to relieve pain but it can also reduce the swelling around joints. Ancient Chinese texts declared that cannabis could undo rheumatism although the exact validity of this has not been thoroughly tested.
Queen Victoria was one of the best known users of medical marijuana. She was prescribed the drug to help ease chronic menstrual cramps and pain. It can also help improve other symptoms that are generally associated with PMS.
A number of tests have been conducted on glaucoma sufferers and their use of marijuana. The tests show that patients can enjoy reduced intraocular swelling associated with the ailment but the same tests did temper these findings with warnings over decreased blood pressure and increased heart rate.
Insomnia is typically treated with a course of pills or tablets. However, many patients do not want the dependency that such drugs can cause. It is not possible to overdose on cannabis, either, as there has not been a single recorded case of this happening anywhere in the world.
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