Dec 15, 2016

Though legal in twenty out of fifty states of the US and the District of Columbia, growing, selling and purchasing medicinal marijuana is still considered as a federal offense. This has truly made it difficult for people to understand whether cannabis use is good for health or downright dangerous.       

It’s true that marijuana is a substance that has a high potential for abuse, nonetheless many research studies and anecdotal reports from the past, and current times, continue to highlight the therapeutic effects and value for different disorders and health problems.

Let’s take a deeper dive to see how cannabis use can prove to be helpful in treating the most notable and common medical conditions:

o   Alzheimer’s

The active ingredient in cannabis also known as delta 9 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can help prevent acetylcholinesterase (an enzyme) from increasing Alzheimer’s plaque formation in the brain. Besides this, it can also prevent protein clump formation which can inhibit memory and cognition.

o   Epilepsy

Did you know that some of the ingredients that are found in marijuana can play a vital role when it comes to controlling and lowering the risk of spontaneous epilepsy seizures? Unarguably, natural marijuana has therapeutic effects and can be extremely useful in treating epilepsy in patients.

o   Glaucoma

This may come to you as a surprise but medicinal marijuana is proven to be effective in treating glaucoma—the number 1 cause of blindness worldwide. According to research studies, marijuana can both relieve and reduce the intraocular-pressure. The intraocular-pressure can lead to nerve damage.

o   Multiple Sclerosis

Although Marijuana has been found to cause fatigue and dizziness in users, some research studies show that marijuana can help ease leg and muscle pain when they contract.

o   HIV/AIDS, Chemotherapy and Cancer

The use of marijuana may be illegal in many states but the American Cancer Society and FDA agree to the fact that some of the active ingredients found in this drug can relieve nausea and vomit, and can also stimulate appetite in HIV AIDS wasting syndrome.

It also serves as an antiemetic-agent during chemotherapy, cancer treatment and an analgesic in reducing cancer pain. Simply stated, medicinal marijuana has proven time and time again to be effective for treating different types of illnesses and pain management.

Suggestions for Health Care Providers

The use of medicinal marijuana even today is a topic of argument among many because of its adverse effects. Therefore, the state recommends healthcare providers to get formal training regarding the use of marijuana before they prescribe it to their patients. Also patients using cannabis for medicinal purposes must also apply and carry state issued ID cards. This card is issued by the public health board that reviews the patient’s application and eligibility for treatment using medicinal marijuana. Once the application is approved, the doctor can prescribe up to 2 oz of cannabis/month. 

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