While in the past three decades, the only cannabis products available were pot brownies, the world of marijuana has now expanded drastically. Cannabis is known to leave us relaxed, happy and giggling. It offers several benefits including improved mood, sleep and creativity. But it offers us more than just improved sleep, mood and creativity; it offers a lot of medical benefits.
Patients with medical conditions like migraines, diabetes, sclerosis, etc. may be prescribed cannabis to help manage their condition. Here are the medical benefits of marijuana:
#1. Chronic pain
Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions that are treated with medical cannabis. Just like over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin, medical cannabis can reduce pain associated with inflammation. Medical marijuana has been found to be effective when it comes to different conditions that cause pain such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, migraine and arthritis.
#2. Liver disease
Cannabis may also be beneficial to people with certain liver disorders. Marijuana may contribute to the death of hepatic stellate cells that cause scarring in the liver. It means it can reduce the extent of scarring in the liver. Studies showed that patients with cholestatic liver were treated with THC and displayed improvements in symptoms of depression, itchiness and sleep. However, more research is being carried out to confirm the effects.
Glaucoma can lead to blindness or impaired vision and this disorder can increase to a point where it can damage the optic nerve. A study found that cannabis decreased the intraocular pressure of many of the participants by 25 to 30 percent. The optic nerve sends information from our eyes to the brain; unfortunately, it can be damaged by glaucoma. Scientists believe the protective power in cannabis can help in protecting the optic nerve from being damaged.
The use of cannabis in cancer patients is becoming common because it has been reported that marijuana has shown potential as a cancer therapy. It also reduces vomiting and nausea in patients in chemotherapy.
#5. Inflammatory bowel disease
Using cannabis may help those living with inflammatory bowel disease. Observational studies showed that using cannabis can result in the improvement in symptoms and reduction in the use of standard medications.
Medical cannabis can benefit patients in many ways and this is the time to explore the benefits it can offer.