Medical Marijuana Impacts
Whether youre in the camp to legalize marijuana or would rather keep it restricted, its high time to size up its medical claims. Pot pre-dates the Egyptian pyramids but it took till now for 23 states to give their A-Okay for its medicinal use. Here are some of the many diseases and condition Marijuana helps with:
Epilepsy And Seizures
Youve maybe already heard about this one. Its recently been making headlines as more and more parents of young epilepsy patients have been advocating for medical marijuana as an available treatment. But just in case you havent, you should know that cannabidiol (CBD), a compound of marijuana that does not contain psychoactive properties (meaning that it doesnt get you high), is being used to treat people with epilepsy or who suffer from seizures. In 2015, researchers at NYU found a 50 percent decrease in the frequency of seizures for people using CBD.
This one may seem pretty contradictory, as smoking is usually not healthy for your lungs. However, recent studies have shown that marijuana is not only much less harmful to your lungs than cigarettes and tobacco, but it also has a dilating effect on human airways. Thus, its actually helping people with asthma to breathe more easily.
While menstrual cramps are not technically a disease, they are still a huge issue for women who experience debilitating pain while on their period. For some women, smoking marijuana can help ease the discomfort of period cramps.
According to early-stage studies, patients who used marijuana experienced a major decline in their muscle spasms, tremors, pain and muscle stiffness. Also noted, participants who were given marijuana or cannabis extracts were found to have experienced better sleep quality during the trial than those who werent..
Marijuana is a fascinating plant, with a wide range of uses. Its use in medicine is currently being researched all around the world, and there are many situations in which it can be helpful. However, anything being touted as a "miracle" cure for anything should be treated with suspicion. There is no such thing as a miracle, and everything that has an effect also has side-effects. The positives and negatives to every treatment must be carefully weighed up. It is also important to not overstate the importance of laboratory and animal models - while useful and scientifically interesting, they do not prove anything with regards to human treatment. Long term, human trials are required before we can state definitively how useful medical marijuana is in treating each of these illnesses.
Publisher: Australian Advanced Nutrients
Date Published: Sep 14 2017 10:24AM
Date Edited: Sep 21 2017 11:12AM