5 Medical Benefits of Marijuana You Probably Never Knew
Marijuana legalization has been a hotly debated topic for many decades. But recently the argument has slowly shifted in favor of the decriminalization of the drug as more and more scientific findings have concluded of its many medicinal benefits, and as more and more dispensaries such as Get Kush have been popping up everywhere, cannabis has never been as accessible as it is now. Countries around the world have slowly begun relaxing their tight ban on the drug thereby allowing their scientists to investigate these scientific claims. The effects of marijuana for medical use have been well documented for many years. It is commonly used to increase appetite for those undergoing chemotherapy. People with chronic pain have also been using marijuana and have claimed to find pain relief with the drug. But it is only in the recent decade that the full benefits of marijuana have slowly become known as more and more studies are being conducted around the world.
Pain Relief and Inflammation
In an in-depth article about the correlation of marijuana in treating chronic pain published in Medical News Today, writer Jayne Leonard has pointed out that specific strains of the plant have been bred to treat chronic pain as an alternative to using opioids. The strain Cannabis indica is commonly associated with alleviating non-migraine headaches, joint pain, and neuropathy. The study, however, has its limitation. It was done on a small scale and would, therefore, need to be replicated on a larger scale to gain much more credibility. But this shows promise and a step in the right direction.
A Slimming Agent
The stereotypical image of a marijuana user colloquially referred to as stoners is that of a lazy person unable to do anything other than smoke marijuana and eat. But a recent study in the Journal of Epidemiology has shed revealing light on this claim's mythos. Proponents of the study found out that, on average, regular cannabis users have lower rates of obesity, almost 40% in fact. Another study also claims that "stoners" also have a lower level of insulin in their body.
Numerous videos have cropped up online showing people with some form of epileptic disorders experiencing some form of relief after using cannabis. As a matter of fact, the first-ever prescription drug made from marijuana has been approved for medical use in treating two forms of epilepsy that begin in childhood. Epidiolex is a purified form of cannabidiol, an ingredient found in the cannabis plant. CBD has been found to reduce the occurrence of seizure in some people with epilepsy and when used in conjunction with other anti-epilepsy drugs could yield dramatic results.
Another unlikely disease that seems sensitive to the effects of cannabis is glaucoma. Glaucoma is characterized by an increase in intraocular pressure which causes damage to the nerve endings of the eye affecting vision. A study was conducted where subjects' eyes were examined before and after smoking marijuana. The researchers concluded that 30 percent of participants have shown to have decreased eye pressure after smoking marijuana cigarettes.
Cancer research was at the forefront of medical research, especially in the 20th century. Countless money and resources have been poured into finding a cure for cancer. And with marijuana gaining popularity and the populace's favor, it is only natural for medical research to look into its potential as a cancer cure. Marijuana contains several components that have been shown to halt the progression of cancer cells in the body. And when used together with chemotherapy, cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells and preserve healthy cells. The common side effect of taking cannabis, known as the "munchies," has been known to reduce nausea and increase the appetite of cancer patients.
By: Leanne Brooks