Medical marijuana is a hotly debated topic. Many claims that for thousands of years, people have used the plant to treat many ailments. However, government authorities still do not consider marijuana safe or even effective for the treatment of any type of medical condition. Despite the cannabidiol receiving approval for the treatment of certain types of epilepsy, the stigma around the use of marijuana still holds true and strong. But with more and more states and countries around the world lifting the ban on medical marijuana and others loosening their grip on its use, there is clear evidence of a sharp increase in the use of marijuana around the world. To some, this rise in use is causing major health concerns.
This article will delve into the scientific evidence that favors the benefits of medical marijuana.
It is good for chronic pain
As marijuana use goes mainstream more, there is heated debate about why people continue to use it. Surprisingly, many of their answers have nothing to do with recreational use at all, instead, people use it to treat chronic pain. In a study that was conducted compiled all available registered medical marijuana patients and the authors found out that 85 percent of these people who have a license to take medical marijuana use it to treat certain medical conditions. Chronic pain is at the top of the list with 62 percent of people using medical marijuana to alleviate the pain they are experiencing.
It can help in the treatment of opioid addiction
Recently, opioid addiction has been added to the list of eligible illnesses that can be treated with the use of medical marijuana. Opioid addiction is a pressing matter around the world and the many prescribed ways of treating it using pharmaceutical interventions pose a real risk of drug interaction and overdose. Researchers have looked for alternative ways to help in treating opioid addiction and medical marijuana is one they’ve considered. Those patients in rehab who used medical marijuana as part of their treatment claimed that their cravings for opioid have significantly been suppressed, and their withdrawal anxiety has lessened.
It can help with depression
The claim that medical marijuana can treat depression still needs further research. But initial findings have claimed that marijuana does have an effect in controlling some symptoms of depression. As cited earlier, cannabis has been associated with treating chronic pain, something that contributes to depression. Insomnia and anxiety, both have been reasons why people take medical marijuana, also contribute to the development of depression among individuals.
It can help in the treatment of cancer
There have been many earlier studies of cannabis in helping treat cancer in humans, with more studies planned in the future. There is no clear evidence that marijuana helps to control or cure cancer, it has been found to be safe for use in cancer patients. In fact, cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy who use marijuana have experienced reduce nausea and vomiting, increased in appetite, and the need for less pain medication.
It can be used to treat certain forms of epilepsy
The Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the use of cannabis oil in the treatment of epilepsy. For many people, this marks a significant turning point in the acceptance of marijuana products. There are two types of epilepsy that are known to respond with cannabis: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Both of these types are considered to be severe forms of the disease with accompanying intellectual disabilities with many of those afflicted requiring assistance in their daily activities. And an oral form of cannabidiol, called Epidiolex, is now available in the market to help treat these two types of epilepsy.
There are many research and clinical trials underway to help better our understanding of the effects of marijuana on humans. The road to full acceptance and use is going to be hard and rough but initial findings are very promising. Just a few decades ago, marijuana has been lumped together with the likes of cocaine and heroin. Now, it is a category on its own and has proven to be a milder drug than what we were lead to believe in the past. Who knows, maybe in just one generation, we will see people freely using the drug for any number of reason, medical or otherwise.