Medical cannabis is believed to have many benefits for victims of cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy (MD), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and a myriad of other severe or debilitating health conditions. At Medical Cannabis Outreach, our cannabis-friendly physicians and staff firmly believe in the benefits of medical marijuana and CBD oil, which is why we have devoted our lives to helping patients get the natural treatment they need to live comfortably.

To us, medical cannabis is the future of alternative medicine, and we have made it our mission to help make that happen through educational seminars, mobile wellness clinics, and facilitation of the medical card application process in Illinois. So what are the benefits of medical marijuana? Continue reading to learn why we’re so passionate about medical cannabis.

Pain Relief

First and foremost, it is critical to note that medical cannabis and CBD oil do not necessarily cure any type of condition or disease, as the FDA has yet to approve cannabinoids as an effective medicine or foolproof remedy. Though research is still being done to evaluate this possibility, medical cannabis has been legalized in many states as an alternative treatment option for those who qualify. Illinois is one of those fortunate states, and we are honored to help patients in seven cities seek this natural pain relief to improve their overall quality of life.

According to many reputable sources, the two main cannabinoids in medical marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), can aid in pain relief for those who live with chronic, severe, or disabling diseases, helping them live their lives more comfortably. Though they act in different ways, with CBD having non-psychoactive effects, both are believed to have an incredible potential for therapeutic use in terms of reducing pain, nausea, inflammation, psychosis, insomnia, and more.

In fact, a 2017 review by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine states that there was “substantial evidence” that cannabinoids provided relief for those who suffer from chronic pain, nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, and spasticity from MS. The same study also concluded that there was “moderate evidence” that medical cannabis could help people with chronic pain sleep through the night.

Symptom Relief

As previously mentioned, recent research has also concluded that medical marijuana and CBD oil can provide symptom relief for those who qualify for medical cannabis treatment. Some of the most notable cases of this natural symptom relief involve the alleviation of insomnia, nausea, and seizures (especially in epileptic patients and those with Dravet syndrome), as well as tremors and muscle spasms from diseases like Tourette syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Medical cannabis has proven incredibly effective for many patients who suffer from these symptoms on a regular basis, and both parents and caregivers are finding comfort in the therapeutic effects that these cannabinoids have for their children or clients who live with such devastating diseases.

As you may already know, research surrounding the relationship between medical cannabis and the reduction of epileptic seizures has soared in recent years, as institutions like the National Center for Biotechnology Information have uncovered evidence that medical cannabis can act on cells in the body in a way that can cause convulsive seizures to subside quickly. Back in June of 2018, the FDA approved the first prescription drug containing CBD oil, called Epidiolex, which has since helped reduce seizures in many children and adults across the nation. In what will soon be a multitude of legal and effective prescription medical cannabis products (assuming research continues to receive funding and results continue to produce positive evidence), this is only the beginning.

Begin Your Journey With Medical Cannabis Treatment

We hope that this post has given you a better idea of the benefits of medical marijuana and the promise it has for the future as research continues to be done at both the state and federal levels. Of course, there are many other benefits of medical marijuana and CBD oil, which we will continue outlining in part two of this blog series — so stay tuned!

Until then, visit our website for more information about medical cannabis and to find out whether you have a condition that qualifies you for a medical card in the state of Illinois. We also welcome walk-ins at Medical Cannabis Outreach, so visit us today to apply for a medical marijuana card in Savoy, Chicago, Pekin, or any of our other seven locations throughout the state.

Though we do not sell medical marijuana or CBD products, we are the one-stop shop for medical marijuana licenses in Illinois, and we offer fast and easy approvals at our full-service medical marijuana clinic. We do everything from in-house consultations, evaluations, and approvals (based on medical records, residency, and identification) to walking you through the application process, during which you will select a registration term, pay the mandated state fee, and have your photo taken for the medical card ID. Contact us or drop by today to learn more!