While weed was considered a solely recreational drug in the mainstream for the past century, it is finally becoming more widely accepted for its many medical uses. Medical marijuana is now legal in 30 US states, and an even greater number of states have further, more limited medical marijuana laws following a growing body of research suggesting that cannabis could have therapeutic value. Cannabis is an incredible plant that has been shown to treat or alleviate a variety of symptoms and conditions, and it can be smoked, vaporized, eaten, or taken as a liquid extract to reap its medical benefits. In this article, we discuss the amazing healing power of marijuana with a list of five of the most common symptoms and conditions that marijuana is used for.
- Chronic pain
Chronic pain, with causes ranging from a severe infection or injury, cancer, fibromyalgia, or arthritis, is an often-debilitating condition that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. Prescription painkillers are often addictive and can have harmful side effects, so many who experience chronic pain are turning to marijuana to treat it. There are many different types of pain, and many are approved as a qualifying condition for a medical marijuana prescription in certain states. Different types of cannabis affect each type of pain uniquely, but many have found cannabis products that combine both THC and CBD to be most effective. When seeking treatment, you should check to make sure that your state has specifically approved the type of pain that you experience as a qualifying condition.
- Nausea and vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of a wide range of conditions. These symptoms, which are regulated by the endocannabinoid system in humans, respond well to the active ingredients in cannabis, suppressing nausea and the urge to vomit. This can benefit people who struggle to keep food down to get adequate nutrition while they are sick, and it makes many medications and treatment options with nausea and vomiting as a side effect much more tolerable.
- Epilepsy and seizure disorders
Epilepsy, a neurological condition that is characterized by seizures, affects approximately 50 million people worldwide. These seizures can range from relatively mild with a moment of impaired concentration to extreme, with a complete loss of awareness and consciousness. Cannabis-based medicines, or more specifically CBD products, which are believed to have anti-seizure properties, have been shown to be effective at reducing the severity and frequency of epileptic seizures.
- Multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord, with symptoms varying in both type and severity. Those suffering from multiple sclerosis generally experience pain, impaired coordination, fatigue, tingling, spasms, and vision problems. Recent research has found that cannabis-based extracts can significantly reduce the pain and spasms associated with multiple sclerosis with few adverse effects.
Insomnia is a common condition that is characterized by persistent problems falling and staying asleep. Research has shown that cannabis-based medicines, either THC- or CBD-dominant ones, are an effective solution for those who struggle to get adequate sleep. This is because weed, especially that from high-quality brands like LA Kush and strains like OG Kush, is thought to induce drowsiness and improve quality of sleep.
Cannabis has also been found to help treat or alleviate the symptoms of certain cancers, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, neurodegenerative diseases, PTSD, crohn’s disease, anxiety, tourette’s syndrome, depression, alzheimer’s disease, and a wealth of other conditions. While you should consult a doctor before attempting to use marijuana to treat any condition, there is no denying that it has worked to improve many lives.