Humans often shy away from drugs unless they are at a party or with a bunch of friends, or due to necessity. Some painkillers are drugs or can be addictive, therefore necessity can push us towards various dangerous substances. That being said, there are some drugs which are consumed on an almost daily basis by people all over the world, making them a controversial point in every discussion.
Marijuana is such a drug, or rather, a plant which has various effects when used as a cigarette. Medical marijuana is a term that is loosely used in various cases to describe marijuana. What are its actual benefits? What are its positive effects? Here is what you need to know about marijuana and its benefits for the human body.
You might have heard that cannabis is useful in other areas rather than treating chronic pain, but this is one of its main use cases. Substances containing cannabinoids, or rather, the active substance from cannabis, are known to have a positive effect in treating chronic pain, or rather, relieving it. They act on the receptors in our brains and thus make the pain a lot more bearable. There have been over 10,000 studies linking cannabis to chronic pain relief, which is great news for a lot of people suffering from various injuries or any sorts of pain.
PTSD and Depression
Now, these are more like it, right? Anyone who ever consumed a bit of cannabis knows that the substance is known to have a relaxing effect on the human body. There are plenty of studies which link cannabis to post-traumatic stress disorder and depression treatment. Marijuana definitely helps in these cases. There are some studies linking it to social anxiety treatment, but those studies are somewhat mixed. Take note, marijuana is definitely not a good idea for anyone suffering from a bipolar disorder or psychosis.
There are studies which link marijuana usage to treatment of other addictions, namely alcohol and various opioids. This, however, might be an issue, because people who start using marijuana at a younger age are more subject to start using other substances and are more vulnerable to addiction. Marijuana may be helpful in treating other addictions but in moderation and with careful monitoring. Cannabis usage is not recommended for treatment without proper monitoring and prescriptions. Self-diagnosis often doesn’t end well.
Epilepsy can be dangerous and potentially fatal, especially in cases like Davet’s and Lennox-Gastaut. The former is a particularly dangerous type of epilepsy and it has very violent attacks. Children diagnosed with it often do not reach the age of 20. Cannabidiols have been proven to treat epilepsy and make it much better, especially compared to a placebo. A purified form of cannabidiols is used in making a drug called Epidiolex, which is used to treat the said forms of epilepsy. It is not psychoactive and thus will not cause the patients to start seeing the world in purple.
Possible Glaucoma Treatment
Glaucoma is a disease which manifests as raised eye pressure, placing more pressure on the optic nerve, which often leads to a loss of vision. Cannabis has an effect on eye pressure, lowering it for a while. The effects aren’t long term but scientists believe that a drug could be derived from marijuana, which might have longer lasting effects in treating glaucoma.
In medicine, marijuana can have plenty of benefits for our bodies and even our mental state. It is, still, however, a drug and should be taken cautiously and in moderation, whether medicinal or recreational.