The Medical Benefits of Cannabis

The Medical Benefits of Cannabis
Over the years, numerous efforts have gone into identifying the medical benefits of using cannabis. There are two active chemicals in marijuana that researchers believe have medicinal application. These are cannabidiol (CBD)- which impacts the brain without giving off a high- and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)- which targets nerves and has pain relieving properties; this chemical is largely responsible for the high experienced from the use of weed.

Medical marijuana can be used to treat:

  • Depression, Anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress

A review published in Clinical Psychology Review investigated and indicated that marijuana can be used to treat the symptoms of mental illnesses. It works to calm their nerves during an episode. 
NB: Beware that high doses may cause paranoia.

  • Cancer

A study published in the Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal indicated that cannabidiol can be used to slow and stop cancer cells by turning off a gene referred to as Id-1. On top of this, oral cannabinoids help fight off nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy sessions. 

  • Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson’s Diseases Tremors

Marijuana can be used to deal with muscle spasms and tremors. Its use can help stop the negative neurological effects and muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis.
Smoking marijuana also remarkably reduces pains and tremors for Parkinson’s diseases patients while improving their motor skills. 

  • Epilepsy

Tetrahydrocannabinol controls epileptic seizures by blinding brain cells responsible for controlling and regulating excitability and relaxation.

  • Post Stroke Brain Damage

Research carried out shows that cannabis can be used to protect the brain from any damage caused by a stroke. It does so by reducing the size of the affected area.

Therefore, the notion that weed is a destructive drug or can only be used for recreational purposes is incorrect. In the same breath, it is important to reiterate that its medical benefits have only be seen to work in controlled doses.