The known medicinal uses of cannabis are far-reaching and ever-growing. More and more research is published every year that proves the benefits of taking cannabis to relieve a variety of symptoms that plague many Americans every day. The benefits of medical marijuana outweigh those offered by prescription medications for many people and by visiting a quality dispensary you can access different types of medical marijuana products that are crafted specifically to contain varying amounts of THC and CBD to match your needs.
Common Uses of Medicinal Cannabis
According to a recent article in Harvard Health Publishing, cannabis is currently recommended medically for cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, and other illnesses. Some of the most common uses include:
- Chronic Pain
The most common use for medical marijuana by far is pain management, which is of little surprise when considering that chronic pain is estimated to affect 50 million adults in the US. Cannabis has been found to be effective at relieving neuropathic pain, as well as pain caused by inflammation. A 2017 report prepared by the National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine said that there’s enough evidence to substantiate cannabis’ effectiveness in the treatment of chronic pain in adults.
The anti-inflammatory properties of the cannabis plant can also be used to treat other diseases or conditions related to inflammation and allergies, including asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, colitis, IBS, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol levels, tuberculosis, and sinusitis.
- Nausea and Vomiting
The same 2017 report that was mentioned above also states that there is conclusive evidence to prove that cannabinoids are effective antiemetics and, therefore, efficient in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. It is also noted that most patients prefer medical cannabis over other medications, most likely due to the increase in appetite and the reduction in pain, anxiety, and stress.
Many clinical trials have shown that cannabis has a beneficial effect on spasticity, which is caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. A variety of studies show that primary symptoms, including tremors, paresthesia, ataxia, and pain, are all noticeably improved and relieved when the patient is taking regular doses of cannabis.
There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence that supports cannabis as a tool for cancer management. Cannabinoids have been found to inhibit growth and in some cases kill cancer cells in lab settings, and a recent review of all the studies of cannabinoids and cancer available to date, concluded that the evidence “demonstrates the psychoactive constituents of cannabis [THC] to be potent against tumor growth”. However, medical practitioners advise against relying on cannabis alone for the cure and treatment of cancer.
Choosing the Right Strain
The medicinal benefits of cannabis are primarily induced by the effects of cannabis compounds on our body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays an essential role in many of our cognitive and physiological functions and processes. Cannabis contains over 100 different cannabinoids, as well as flavonoids, terpenes, and other compounds that all affect our bodies in different ways. THC and CBD are the two most abundant cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and, as a result, they are also the best-known and by far the most extensively studied. Some strains of cannabis are bred to be particularly high in THC, others high in CBD, and others still that have an even balance between both.
- THC is used to help relieve symptoms of pain (including neuropathic pain), muscle spasticity, asthma, movement disorders, glaucoma, insomnia, low appetite, nausea, and anxiety.
- CBD is commonly used to help reduce seizures, inflammation, pain, mental disorders, nausea, anxiety, depression, and migraines.
For many, they work best when taken together. The combination of all the compounds found in the cannabis plant, work synergistically to provide more elevated effects and therefore better symptom relief. It is also worth noting that CBD has been shown to counteract the famous cannabis high triggered by THC, so some people choose to switch between a few different strains for different purposes. Some strains are more suitable for daytime use, and others are better when consumed in the evening or at night.
Why Medical Marijuana Should be Legal in Every State
A growing majority of people (currently around 80% of Americans), believe that medical marijuana should be legal and accessible to everyone. The FDA approval of medications containing cannabinoids (or synthesized versions) such as Sativex, Epidiolex, Dronabinol, and Nabilone, present overwhelming proof of the health benefits of cannabinoids, which leads us to question why medical marijuana isn’t available to everyone who needs it.
Medicinal cannabis also has a remarkably favorable safety profile over many widely prescribed pharmaceuticals. For anyone involved in the industry, it’s clear that medicinal cannabis presents not only a safer alternative to many prescription medications, but also a more natural, sustainable and, in many cases, more effective one.
Cannabis: The Miracle Medicine
Compounds found within cannabis, namely the cannabinoids THC and CBD, have been proven to be effective medicines for a myriad of conditions and symptoms including chronic pain, spasticity, nausea, anorexia, AIDS, glaucoma, and inflammatory conditions such as asthma, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis. The list is so extensive that cannabis is considered a miracle medicine to many.
If you’re new to medical cannabis then we understand it can be overwhelming and often quite difficult to find the right product for you, especially with so many different strains to choose from. At R2C2, we have a team of friendly and discreet experts working in our dispensary to help you with any questions you may have and to help you choose the right medical marijuana for you. Stop by to have a chat with us, anytime.