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Medical Marijuana is a term used to describe the derivatives of the plant Cannabis sativa used to treat symptoms caused by certain diseases. Marijuana has been an illegal drug in the United States for many years. Recently, studies have shown medical cannabis is effective in treating certain conditions. This article will discuss different diseases that can be treated using medical marijuana.
More people in the United States are turning to medical marijuana to relieve chronic pain. Marijuana is ineffective against severe pain, for example, from broken bones, surgery wounds, severe burns, etc. However, it is effective against chronic aches that affect millions of Americans, especially as they age.
People tend to use painkiller medications that have been proven to have side effects on vital organs like the liver and kidneys. Moreover, these painkillers may have addictive properties and make the life of patients difficult for their dependence on the drugs for survival. Medical cannabis enhances natural cannabinoids in human bodies, and they are not as harmful as chemical medication.
This is a problem that affects millions of Americans every year. Studies conducted by the American Chiropractic Association showed that more than 30 million people in the US suffer from lower back pain at any given time. Medical marijuana is becoming the preferred treatment for patients suffering from this problem.
Below are some of the ways medical cannabis can help treat this disease affecting many Americans:
Parkinson’s is a disease that affects the central nervous system causing stiffness, slow movement, tremors, etc. Medical marijuana directly affects the central and peripheral nervous system, making scientists research the effects of marijuana as a treatment for Parkinson’s.
Studies conducted in 2020 showed that medical cannabis helps in reducing anxiety, involuntary movement, and tremors. Patients who used medical marijuana for three months during these studies to treat Parkinson’s symptoms found the treatments improved their symptoms without causing adverse effects on their overall health wellbeing.
Recent studies have made the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of epilepsy and seizures skyrocket. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the plant Cannabis sativa. It has shown a better anticonvulsant profile in most animal models used in studies about this condition.
Besides, research conducted by a group of scientists in 2016 showed that CBD compounds have great potential in treating Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. However, the mode of action of the cannabidiol is still under study. Moreover, scientists are still researching for long-term effects of the use of medical marijuana on epilepsy patients.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrigs disease ALS is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord neurons. The symptoms of this disease include patients having trouble walking, talking, and writing. As the condition worsens, it creates severe muscle weakness and other severe issues concerning muscle control.
Lou Gehrig’s disease ALS has no cure, and treatments only prolong survival and manage the symptoms. Medical marijuana helps control muscle spasticity that interferes with daily life activities, thus improving the lives of people suffering from this condition.
If you are wondering if Medical Marijuana is right for you, please contact MMJ Care MD for a consultation.