Benefits Of Medical Marijuana
As previously mentioned, medical marijuana has incredible healing properties that are used to treat a variety of serious health conditions such as AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s disease, and different types of cancer. Many who are suffering from chronic joint pain or severe mental health conditions like PTSD also use medical marijuana as a way of relieving their symptoms. No matter what you use it for, it is important to understand that the main purpose of marijuana as a medical treatment is simply that — treatment and healing, rather than a proven cure.
That being said, there are many benefits of using medicinal marijuana to treat certain health conditions, and most of these benefits involve symptom relief. According to Business Insider, “The best-supported medicinal use of marijuana is as a treatment for chronic pain,” such as that experienced by cancer patients, victims of serious injuries, or people with chronic body aches, joint pain, and rheumatoid arthritis. Medical cannabis has also shown to help patients manage epileptic seizures, as well as muscle spasms and tremors from multiple sclerosis, tourette syndrome, and parkinson’s disease because of its stabilizing properties that act on cells in the body.
The medicinal plant is also commonly used by victims of many different mental health conditions, such as depression, PTSD, and anxiety. This is because THC (especially the indica strain) helps the mind and body relax, providing relief from an overactive mind that is prone to experiencing stress. Of course, this depends on a variety of factors, such as the potency of the marijuana, the amount smoked or ingested, the kind of strain (indica, sativa, or hybrid), and the person’s tolerance to marijuana as a whole. In some cases, smoking medical marijuana can cause more anxiety than relief while the patient is high — it all comes down to knowing your condition and what works best for you.
For example, a seasoned patient who has dealt with PTSD episodes for years by consuming a consistent amount and strain of medical cannabis a specific way is not likely to experience a “bad high.” On the other hand, someone who recently became a licensed medical marijuana card holder is likely to have a lower tolerance and not know exactly what to expect when they experiment with different amounts, strains, and methods of ingestion. Nevertheless, when consumed intelligently, medical marijuana has proven to help many patients who suffer from certain mental health conditions.
A study by The Scripps Research Institute suggests that medical marijuana might also inhibit the progression of Alzheimer’s disease because the psychoactive chemical, THC, naturally interferes with the formulation of harmful amyloid plaques that attack brain cells. According to scientists at the California Pacific Medical Center, the non-psychoactive chemical in medical marijuana, CBD, has the potential to slow or stop the spread of aggressive cancers by interfering with metastasis. These are both cases where medical marijuana may actually do more than just alleviate symptoms.