• It’s no overstatement to say that marijuana, particularly in the United States, has always been a sensitive topic.

    Even when its discussion has revolved around medicinal use, marijuana has been the source of many fiery debates in recent years.

    To no surprise, medical marijuana has yet to be legalized in all 50 states. In a way, this speaks to just how much we still don’t know about the health benefits of marijuana.

    Even as people are growing more accepting of marijuana for medicinal purposes and even as medical marijuana dispensaries continue to pop up all across the nation, the subject is still clouded in uncertainty.

    While studies are ongoing, it’s generally believed that those who suffer from certain health conditions may be able to treat symptoms and find relief by using medical marijuana.

    Here are eight potential uses for medical marijuana.

    1. Pain

    Pain relief is an area that has long been studied, and there’s more than enough evidence now to suggest that general and chronic pain can be effectively treated by medical marijuana.

    In fact, over 600,000 Americans are already using marijuana for pain relief, and the majority of them cite a significant reduction in pain as a result.

    2. Inflammation

    Both CBD and THC have anti-inflammatory properties, suggesting that joint inflammation and swelling could be effectively treated through certain strains of medical cannabis.

    Of course, cannabis — and more specifically, CBD lotion — is often used to treat allergic reactions, rashes, eczema, and other skin conditions caused by inflammation.

    3. Neurological Disorders

    Neurological disorders have long held a reputation for being largely incurable or untreatable.

    While no medical cannabis product is a cure for any type of neurological disorder, many successful trials have shown cannabis to be an effective treatment for certain disorders and conditions.

    Various CBD drugs have been used to treat epilepsy. While in some cases, these drugs have had no significant impact, some patients have been able to prevent seizures for long periods.

    Cannabis has also been used to treat muscle spasms, Parkinson’s disease, and even multiple sclerosis (MS). In the case of MS, many patients have noted an improvement in muscle tightness and spasticity.

    4. Sleep Disorders

    Sleep disorders are all too common. In fact, roughly 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, ranging from insomnia to narcolepsy.  So naturally, patients are eager to trial medical marijuana as a potential solution.

    Early studies show that a combination of THC and CBD may be effective in treating sleep disorders. Although in many instances, it has proven difficult to strike the right balance between the two chemicals.

    5. Cancer Side Effects

    While medical marijuana is not able to cure cancer or treat cancer on its own — and neglecting proper treatment in lieu of cannabis is not only unproductive but also highly dangerous — it can provide some relief from some of the painful side effects that come with cancer.

    Many patients claim that medical marijuana is able to ease their nausea, vomiting, and weight loss, significantly lessening and sometimes eliminating some of the many pains that come with cancer and treatment.

    6. Mental Health Disorders

    There has been a reasonable amount of research involving cannabis’ medicinal impact on mental health issues, but information and results have often conflicted.

    It’s worth noting that studies have been largely inconclusive, and this is often due to some of these conditions being so complex.

    However, medical marijuana has started to be used to treat various mental health conditions, from depression and bipolar disorder to schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    CBD oil, specifically, has been popularized as a potential solution for stress and anxiety.

    7. Eating Disorders

    Cannabis has been considered an appetite stimulant, even long before any medical trials had been performed. Recreational users have often surmised as much.

    With eating disorders — most commonly, anorexia nervosa and bulimia — medical marijuana products can sometimes kick-start the metabolism for those who lack normal hunger cues.

    8. HIV

    Medical cannabis may also be effective as an immune system modulator for those suffering from HIV or AIDS.

    Although not a cure to either, medical marijuana may be used to manage side effects caused by antiretroviral drugs and also to treat HIV wasting syndrome — a condition that, in some cases, may become lethal.

    Again, as marijuana is considered to be an appetite stimulant, certain product strains can combat rapid weight and muscle loss.

    As more and more studies are performed, we may see that there is conclusive evidence for the positive effects of medical marijuana — not only involving the eight conditions discussed here but also a host of other conditions and diseases.

     
     
     

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