In part one of this blog series, our team at Medical Cannabis Outreach outlined some of the main benefits of medical cannabis and CBD oil, including effective pain and symptom relief for those who live with debilitating or otherwise severe health conditions. Of course, there are many other benefits of medical cannabis in addition to its pain-relieving and stabilizing properties (for seizures, tremors, and muscle spasms), which we will explore more in-depth in this post. Continue reading for more benefits of medical marijuana and CBD, and visit Medical Cannabis Outreach in Savoy, Chicago, Harrisburg, Wood River, Shelbyville, Pekin, Loveland, or Chesterfield if you are interested in applying for a medical marijuana card.
Suppression Of Cancerous Tumors
Though medical cannabis has not yet been proven to cure cancer, studies suggest that it has the potential to slow the spread of cancerous tumors in the body, and that it may even aid in tumor reduction. The researchers of one groundbreaking study, who are scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, tested the effect of CBD on the ID-1 gene in cell cultures and a variety of animals, and found that CBD interfered with the metastasis of the cancer-spreading gene.
Since then, the scientists have concluded that CBD oil could work to treat many different kinds of aggressive cancers, including malignant tumors in the brain, and they are working diligently to develop prescription pills containing CBD for approval. This just goes to show that there is a world of potential for the medical use of cannabis as a prescription treatment for cancerous tumors that has yet to be fully explored and that we are on the cusp of a major scientific and medical breakthrough.
Curbing The Opioid Crisis
As we mentioned in part one of this blog series, studies have shown that medical cannabis has pain-relieving properties and that it can aid in the suppression of debilitating symptoms like epileptic seizures, tremors, and muscle spasms. In fact, the most concrete evidence that has been published about the benefits of medical marijuana has to do with pain relief and the fact that medical marijuana, CBD oil, and future prescriptions containing cannabinoids have the potential to supplement prescription painkillers.
It’s no secret that the U.S. is in the middle of a massive opioid crisis and that large pharmaceutical companies are playing a role in the widespread addiction to pain pills and synthetic opioids that has taken over the country. However, there is good news: studies are showing that medical marijuana (and the legalization of recreational marijuana in some states) could help curb the opioid crisis as victims turn to natural pain relief.
A study published by researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens in May of 2018 discovered that states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana had 2.21 million fewer doses of opioids prescribed per year under Medicare Part D than states that have yet to legalize medical cannabis. Furthermore, the states that have legalized medical marijuana have also experienced a 5.88 percent drop in opioid prescriptions for Medicaid patients, as compared with states that have not legalized medical cannabis use. These results alone show not only the potential medical marijuana has to help subdue the opioid epidemic (and save lives), but that it also has natural pain-relieving properties.
Natural & Therapeutic
At the end of the day, one of the biggest benefits of medical cannabis is that in addition to its pain-relieving and symptom-reducing properties, it is 100-percent natural. As opposed to the highly addictive painkillers that were, until now, the only effective way to find relief from the painful symptoms of conditions like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy (MD), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), medical cannabis is a much more appealing treatment for many.
Anyone who has a severe medical condition and has been prescribed prescription after prescription knows that these drugs often come with many side effects, which results in additional prescriptions for nausea, digestion issues, insomnia, and the list goes on. Because of this, many patients with different types of cancer, autoimmune diseases, tumors, tremors, and seizures turn to medical cannabis and CBD oil as a natural way of relieving pain without having to rely on synthetic opioids or deal with these added side effects.
In fact, medical cannabis has shown to ease the symptoms and side effects of these prescription painkillers, medications, and chemotherapy (especially chemo-induced nausea), as it increases appetite, fights weight loss, and helps patients sleep. It is for this reason that many patients apply for medical marijuana cards in addition to, or as a replacement for, their prescription painkillers; medical cannabis can provide pain relief and help subside the unpleasant side effects of other medications.
Apply For A Medical Card With Medical Cannabis Outreach
At Medical Cannabis Outreach, we firmly believe in the benefits of medical cannabis for patients with severe health conditions, and, in many cases, we feel that it is their key to a better quality of life. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of medical marijuana and CBD oil, or if you would like to apply for a medical card, contact us today.
As the one-stop shop for medical cards in Illinois, Colorado, and Missouri, we are proud to have eight medical cannabis clinics. Visit us today if you have a qualifying health condition and are ready to be evaluated by our in-clinic physicians, apply for a medical card, pay the mandated state fee, and have your photo ID taken at one of our medical marijuana clinics. We look forward to serving you!