Medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states. Attitudes about medical marijuana treatment continue to evolve among doctors and politicians. As more become aware of its benefits, more states will legalize.
The opioid crisis made the public aware of dangerous prescription medications. As the general population reaches a consensus on cannabis policy, its use will continue to grow.
What about you? Are you aware of the conditions marijuana can treat? Read on to learn about the conditions medical marijuana can help with.
- Chronic Pain - The opioid crisis laid the truth bare. We suffer from too much pain in this country, and we’re willing to take anything to relieve it. Unfortunately, opioids are not the wonderdrug many pharmaceutical companies said they were. In 2019 alone, nearly 50,000 people died from an opioid-related overdose. These powerful, addictive medicines ease chronic pain, but at what cost? Of all the conditions medical marijuana can treat, chronic pain is the most pressing. Trials show that medical cannabis alleviates pain caused by the following conditions:
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Doctors continue to research how cannabis stimulates the human digestive system. However, marijuana does help mitigate some of IBS’s most painful symptoms.
- Reduces nausea
- Mitigates digestive tract inflammatory pain
- Stimulates appetite
- Glaucoma - Glaucoma is a painful eye condition that is a leading cause of blindness. It is a condition where increased interocular pressure stresses your optic nerve. This increased optic nerve stress causes a loss of peripheral and eventually total vision. It’s a painful, gradual disease that causes many years of chronic eye pain. Marijuana helps with this pain. THC has been shown to reduce the eye pressure associated with glaucoma.
- Depression and Anxiety - If you’re wondering what medical marijuana can do for your mental health, you should know it can help with short-term depressive episodes. Marijuana stimulates the endocannabinoid system in your brain. This system regulates mood and feelings of well-being. Studies show that many marijuana users report fewer episodes of depression and anxiety.
- Better Sleep - Depression and anxiety have a close relationship with sleep. The less quality sleep you get, the more anxious or depressed you’ll be. Marijuana helps you fall and stay asleep.
- Chronic Pain Reduction - The experience of constant pain will bring anyone down. Chronic pain makes it impossible for you to have a single pleasant moment. It’s always there, gnawing away. Marijuana alleviates pain, and that relief helps boost your mood.
- Depression Symptoms - Depression is too often an endless cycle. The more symptoms you suffer from, the more depressed you become. The more depressed you are, the worse your symptoms become. Marijuana can help break this cycle. It will stimulate your appetite and help you get a good night’s sleep. If you’re able to break this cycle for a few hours, you’ll prevent yourself from spiraling out of control.
- Epilepsy - Epilepsy is a central nervous system disease. Its unpredictable nature causes symptoms like seizures, loss of consciousness, and convulsions. As of right now, pharmaceutical treatments show no help preventing seizures or convulsions. These medications also carry harmful side effects that many patients consider too harsh. Medical marijuana shows promise for seizure prevention. The best part? The worst side effect users reported was mild diarrhea.
- PTSD - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is most often associated with veterans of foreign wars. The truth is anyone who experiences a traumatic life event can suffer from this disorder. Past emotional, physical, or sexual abuse triggers this disorder. So too can other traumatic life events. Studies of PTSD show that trauma responses come from the brain’s amygdala. The amygdala is associated with your brain’s fear responses. It’s also how you instinctively perceive threats. People who struggle with PTSD have increased amygdala activity. Recent studies show that medical marijuana reduces amygdala activity in the brain, thus reducing the acute symptoms of PTSD.
- Anorexia - Treating anorexia with medical marijuana seems like a win-win. Medical marijuana has few side effects and is well-known to stimulate appetite. Doctors continue to experiment with cannabis and anorexia patients. Anorexia’s comorbidity is associated with anxiety and depression. So what can medical marijuana do for those struggling with anorexia? Doctors remain unsure, but there are many possible positives:
- Increased appetite
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Loss of self-consciousness
- Increased feeling of well-being
- Increased intimacy with a partner
- Cancer - Medical marijuana’s use for chemotherapy patients is well known. It easies the pain and nausea caused by the harsh cancer treatment. Early lab studies showed that THC might slow the growth of certain types of cancer cells. The jury is still out on whether medical marijuana does slow cancer cell growth in humans. More tests and studies are needed to show whether medical marijuana slows human cancer cell growth.
- Diabetes - Florida now offers a medical marijuana card for people with diabetes. The medical community is quickly learning about the relationship between cannabis and diabetes. Doctors continue to expand their ideas of what medical marijuana can treat. Cannabis treatments for diabetes are a relatively new idea, but there is some positive evidence.
- Cannabis users tend to have lower BMIs
- Marijuana users have lower fasting insulin levels
- Marijuana use correlates with lower insulin resistance
- THC and CBD show signs of stabilizing blood sugar levels
Are You Ready to Try Medical Marijuana Treatment?
If you suffer from any of these nine ailments, you’ve tried the pharmaceuticals and other therapies. They have mixed results.
Medical marijuana treatment is legal with a state-issued card and might be what you need to reclaim your quality of life.
You deserve the best life possible, and we want to help you live it with a medical marijuana prescription. Contact us today to make an appointment.