Medicinal marijuana is highly controversial at the moment. There are so many that are against it while others will praise the fact that it offers pain relief when suffering from many illnesses. The truth is that people are much more concerned with being charged with marijuana possession than the benefits that are offered. What is interesting is that laws are changing and there is an increase in the people that start to use marijuana as possible cures or pain reliever.
Various studies were made about the medicinal properties of marijuana. During these studies different healing properties were identified. The illnesses below have been proven to benefit from the use of medicinal marijuana.
Marijuana’s active components are cannabinoids. They have been shown to kill cancer cells and inhibit the growth of tumors. The main psychoactive part of cannabis, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) will target the cannabinoid receptors in a similar way to endocannabinoids. Basically, cannabidiol can switch off genes responsible for cancer metastasis. In many cases cannabis was used to treat various cancer forms from melanoma to brain cancer.
Much evidence is now available showing that the cannabinoid compounds will offer anti-convulsant properties. With children there are some highly interesting studies that showed the effectiveness of marijuana elements for epilepsy cases. That is because marijuana actually negates seizures from happening. Neruo-excitation is modulated. In many situations we see patients that can get rid of the prescription drugs while not having to deal with seizures because they had access to a cannabis supply on a regular basis.
Cannabidiol (CBD) was proven to treat symptoms that are MS-like. This is done because immune cells are prevented from mutating and then attacking insulating nerve cell covers in the user’s spinal cord. Some studies on mice showed that the MS-like condition was improved with cannabinoids injections. Spinal cord inflammation is basically drastically less inflamed. The impact on slowing multiple sclerosis quickly became visible. However, with MS it is important to detect at early stages. This is what helps find success through medicinal marijuana treatment.
THC was proven to be extremely effective when looking at slowing down beta amyloid formation. This is the plaque that will form in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The plaque is responsible for cognitive function reduction. THC will continually lower the levels of beta amyloid in users.
Obviously, we are faced with a lot of controversy that surrounds the use of marijuana. There are different athletes that admit to using it to recover after some tough matches. This is especially true for fighters. When looking at the illnesses that could be positively impacted by the use of medicinal marijuana, controversy appears because not many studies are available for some of the conditions. Even with the cancer example above there are some types of cancer that will not benefit from the use of medicinal marijuana.
More studies are necessary but you have to be sure that you keep an eye out for them since they are constantly covered by worldwide medical publications.