So far 41 of the 50 states in the United States have legislations that permit medical marijuana in some form. These states have done an impressive job in finally seeing the medical value of marijuana. Whether patients suffer from epilepsy, a chronic illness or even PTSD, these laws have allowed patients more options when it comes to treatment.
What Makes Marijuana Medicinal?
Apart from the calming sensation most users feel the actual science behind marijuana is just in the beginning stages of being known. While marijuana has over a hundred chemicals, it’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which creates the infamous marijuana’s “high.” The THC is used to also treat vomiting and nausea. A key role when used by those undergoing chemotherapy or to help with appetite for those with AIDS.
Another marijuana compound known to have medical applications is cannabidiol (CBD). This is being researched to treat serioys epilepsy and pain.The medicinal portions of chemical components vary from strain to strain. But proponents of marijuana argue that the chemical component combinations in the plant provide an efficient type of treatment for some medical symptoms.
What are the Benefits of Using Medical Marijuana?
There aren’t very many studies done on the benefits of marijuana, but the ones that have been conducted show various advantages of using marijuana as treatment for various medical conditions. These studies also show a decrease in symptoms for users. Here are just a few of the medical benefits of marijuana.
In a study cited in the Journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, they found that CBD “has the ability to stop cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1.” Further studies were done at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco on breast cancer cells with high levels of Id-1 and showed remarkable results with decreased Id-1 expression.Even the American Association for Cancer Research has discovered that marijuana can even work to reduce the speedofgrowingtumors.
Marijuana has been shown to protect the brain. Research from the University of Nottingham shows that marijuana can beneficial in protecting the brain from damage caused by stroke. “There is also evidence to suggest that marijuana can help after a concussion or other traumatic injury. A recent study in mice suggested that marijuana lessened bruising of the brain and helped with healing mechanisms after a traumatic injury. “
For people with psychological issues such as depression, anxiety and even those with eating disorders like anorexia marijuana can help improve the smoker’s mood and acts as a sedative in lower doses.
A study from 2006 by Kim Janda found that the THC in cannabis helps slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. “The plant slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes them. These plaques are what kill brain cells and cause Alzheimer’s.”
These are only a few of the many benefits of consuming medical marijuana. More studies will undoubtedly continue to be conducted as widespread acceptance of marijuana as a treatment spreads from state to state.