TOP 4 CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA

The use of medical marijuana is currently more common than the recreational application of the drug. There is a very good reason for that; marijuana and its byproducts are being incorporated into the world of medicine

With ongoing debates about nationwide marijuana legalization, and the increasing number of states that are now permitting its consumption, you may no longer need to fear drug tests. Though until legislation is passed to make recreational marijuana legal, we suggest you stick to your detoxification routines to get weed out of your system before the big day.

The use of medical marijuana is currently more common than the recreational application of the drug. There is a very good reason for that. Marijuana and its byproducts are being incorporated into the world of medicine and extensive research, at least as extensive as could be done with all the legal restrictions around its possession, has been put into discovering the many uses of the drug.

At the moment, marijuana and its byproducts are being used in 4 main areas. They are as following:

Multiple Sclerosis and Marijuana

Multiple Sclerosis is a degenerative disease which attacks your brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Although the disease doesn’t have a cure, its progression has been successfully slowed down through the treatment. Multiple Sclerosis is basically caused by an overactive immune system which starts to attack cells in the body including brain cells, cells in the spinal cord, or optical nerves that make up the central nervous system. This then results in a wide range of symptoms and some are debilitating to the health of the affected.

Most medical research focuses on two chemicals that marijuana contains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Of the two, THC is responsible for the “high” that marijuana gives, it also helps reduce nausea, increase appetite and the ability control muscles. CBD, on the other hand, does not have any psychoactive effects, but does help in the treatment of mental health conditions and epileptic seizures.

Through experimentation and trials, it has been proven that medical marijuana can reduce muscle stiffness and spasticity and also alleviate pain in patients.

Cancer Treatment and Marijuana

Although marijuana does not significantly help in the treatment of cancer itself, and limited studies have shown that it only slows down and very rarely causes the death of cancer cells, its use is quite popular in the treatment of certain side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and loss of appetite.

The chemical THC found in marijuana is known to quell chemotherapy-induced vomiting in patients. Its consumption also showed a drastic improvement in the amount of food cancer patients were consuming while undergoing the treatment. Cannabinoids are also used to relieve pain that patients endure as a result of their ailment.

Research into the use of marijuana to cure cancer has been conducted and more are planned for the near future. But thus far, the only result seen is that marijuana is safe to use for cancer patients and doesn’t do much to cure the condition itself, hang near negligible effects on it.

Seizure Disorders and Marijuana

Medical marijuana is not often clinically prescribed for the treatment of seizure disorders such as epilepsy. Despite this, it is being used increasingly as an alternative to AED drugs that are the preferred treatment in such cases. Resistance to antiseizure drugs has become more common and is the leading cause of the popularity that medicines containing CBD have garnered in the past years. People have turned to marijuana assuming that it, being more natural, is safer than AED.

A lot of the research conducted on the relationship between marijuana consumption and seizures was conducted before the 1990s and, although the results showed promising drops in the number of seizures users had, the trials still faced criticism. As a result, their findings were called into question because of the sample size they used. Even though a lot of patients and parents of children who have challenging forms of epilepsy swear by its effectiveness, it still isn’t an FDA approved treatment because the long term side effects of marijuana and its byproducts haven’t been discovered.

Crohn’s Disease and Marijuana:

Crohn’s Disease is of inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) where the body’s immune system attacks cells of the gastrointestinal tract. This results in inflammation of the tract and other symptoms arise from this. Cannabinoids are assumed by many to relieve this inflammation and hence counter the other symptoms. It is also used for the relief of pain that the symptoms of the disease cause.

As in the case of other common uses of medicinal marijuana, there is little evidence to back its effectiveness in the treatment of Crohn’s Disease too.

Medicinal marijuana is very promising for the treatment of many conditions that can’t be treated otherwise. But research into this is fettered by the countless amount of restrictions that have been placed on its use and production in the many parts of the world. So until there can be freedom to explore its efficacy, we shouldn’t rule it out as a possible alternative to more rigorous treatments.

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