More and more, states around the country are legalizing the use of medical marijuana. Recreational pot usage still remains a controversial topic, but the use of medical marijuana is becoming readily acceptable. Most people agree that using this drug for medicinal purposes is different than using it for recreation. While some advocates for marijuana tend to overstate the medical uses, there are some great benefits from using this natural substance. There are two chemicals that have healing properties within marijuana, cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol. Both impact the brain and have pain relieving properties. Here are six medical issues that can be successfully treated or helped by using marijuana.
Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that causes increased pressure in the eye. Over time, it damages the optic nerves and leads to a loss of vision. Marijuana is known to decrease the pressure inside the eye. Studies go back to the 1970’s where people smoking pot had lower intraocular pressure. This drug is known to slow the progression of the disease, which can also prevent blindness.
Increase Lung Capacity
In January 2012, The Journal of American Medical Associated released a report regarding lung function. The report showed that marijuana doesn’t impair lung function, in fact, it can increase the lung capacity. The study looked at 5,115 people who had risk factors for heart disease. They tested their lung function over the course of two decades. Those who smoked tobacco lost their lung function. However, those who smoked pot had increased lung function. The fact that marijuana requires a person to take deep inhalations may be the reason for the expanded capacity, but many suggest that there are therapeutic chemicals in the drug.
Controls Epileptic Seizures
In 2003, a study was conducted by the Virginia Commonwealth University. Robert J. DeLorenzo led the investigation. They gave a marijuana extract to epileptic rodents. They found that the chemicals in the pot were able to keep seizures at bay for around 10 hours. It is known that tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, binds to the brain cells. It controls both relaxation and excitability. The study was groundbreaking and published by the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Stops The Spreading of Cancer
Cannabidiol is believed to help thwart cancer from scattering. This comes from a 2007 study done by researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center. The San Francisco research facility found that chemicals in pot help to turn off a gene called Id-1. Cancer cells generate extra copies of this gene, more so than non-cancerous cells, which helps them disburse through the body. After treating breast cancer patients with pot, these patients had a decreased level of Id-1. Their cancer was less aggressive than before. Other studies show that it can stop cancer in its tracks.
One of the main purposes for medical marijuana is to stop anxiety. While many people seek help through prescription medications, the side effects are often unbearable. THC in marijuana, causes the body to be calm. It works to calm the brain and neurotransmitters that are misfiring. Those who use marijuana are known to be at peace for several hours later.
Multiple SclerosisMS is an auto-immune condition that is known to cause severe pain. It is thought that the THC in marijuana binds to the receptors in the brain. It helps to relieve muscle and nerve pain. Some studies show it stops muscle contractions too.
The preceding six conditions are just a few of many known to benefit from medical marijuana. Prescription medications come with expansive side effect profiles. Those who use marijuana usually notate a euphoric feeling and perhaps the need for food. If pot is helpful to even one condition, it should be utilized to help wherever it can.