When you trace back the use of cannabis as a medicine, you’ll see that even early Chinese doctors used it for medical reasons. They reduced the plant powder and mixed it with wine in order to use it as an anesthetic before surgery. Egyptians also used the cannabis plant to treat some diseases, such as hemorrhoids. Indians were treating insomnia, pain, and headaches with cannabis, so it’s easy to see that this amazing plant has shared an important place in human medicine for thousands of years.
Unfortunately, defamation and misinformation led us to under-appreciate this plant. Also, we started to believe that cannabis is a threat to our children as any other dangerous drug, such as alcohol or tobacco.
However, we finally have a chance to explore the benefits and medical uses of the cannabis plant. This article will show you some scientific evidence that supports this plant’s medicinal value. Many scientists have studied this plant and the results are undeniable. Here are 10 proven medical uses of cannabis:
Usually, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about medical cannabis is its ability to perform amazing pain-relieving effects. THC is the compound of the cannabis plant that is responsible for blocking pain signals from being sent to our brain. THC acts as a painkiller because it activates pathways in humans central nervous system, and studies have shown that it’s truly effective when it comes to nerve-related or neuropathic pain.
This is probably the second most popular reason for using medical marijuana. Post-traumatic stress disorder is commonly treated with medical cannabis, as THC is associated with temporary impairments of memory, which may be helpful in forgetting painful and traumatic memories. Studies have shown that THC in oral doses may also help patients with PTSD-related symptoms, such as nightmares, flashbacks, and agitation.
Since the 1980s, THC pills were available for cancer patients in order to treat vomiting and nausea. The drug called Marinol contained synthetic THC. Since then, many pills that contained THC have been developed and prescribed to cancer patients, who were going through chemotherapy.
Medical cannabis not only reduces nausea, but it’s also helpful in stimulating appetite. You may recognize this THC-related effect called “munchies”, and the truth is, this compound of the cannabis plant is a powerful appetite stimulant in both medical patients and healthy people. There are some pills based on synthetic THC that are prescribed to boost appetite, too. Studies have shown that THC may also be helpful when it comes to gaining weight in patients with anorexia.
This one may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking about medical uses of cannabis, but scientists have proved that THC has the ability to improve breathing in asthmatics. The research on this is dating back to the 1970s. Scientists are working on the vaporizers that would work as the THC inhaler to help asthma attacks.
Studies in the 1970s have proven that THC has the potential to relieve eye pressure in patients suffering from glaucoma. However, we don’t have a good method to apply THC into the human eye. Smoking cannabis gives short-lasting effect, as it lasts only for 3 to 4 hours, which means we still need to find a better treatment option.
You’re probably familiar with the sleep-inducing effect of cannabis. Studies conducted in the 1970s have shown that this effect is caused mostly by THC and that oral doses of this compound helped both insomniacs and healthy people fall asleep a lot faster than usual. Recent studies provide information that THC may also be helpful with nighttime breathing. Plus, it reduces sleep interruptions in people who have sleep apnea disorder. Scientists are working on developing a new THC-based pill for treating this condition.
For people who are fighting cancer medical cannabis products may be helpful, especially when traditional treatment methods have failed. The recent studies on medical uses of cannabis indicate that it can and has destroyed cancer cells. Moreover, cannabinoids are capable of blocking the growth of cancer cells. Studies have shown that cannabinoids kill cancer cells while protecting normal ones, which means that medical cannabis has a good chance to become a new, 100% natural alternative to dangerous chemotherapy. Let’s not forget the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis.
A preclinical study has shown that very small amounts of THC, an active compound in the cannabis plant, can help treat Alzheimer’s Disease, which is connected to inflammation within the brain. As mentioned before, cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties, so it may be helpful in protecting the brain cells from dying.
This one is usually misdiagnosed as a chronic pain condition. Unfortunately, it is a complex and serious neurological disorder linked to muscle pains, insomnia, digestive issues, joint stiffness and chronic fatigue. All of these will probably make anyone feel devastated. Fibromyalgia is most likely caused by Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency, and using cannabis may be beneficial for people with these symptoms. We still need a lot more evidence, but the studies are promising and cannabis has been used for medical reasons for millennia.
People have been using cannabis for its medical reasons from the beginning of times and it was the best treatment for many diseases. Contrary to what some people may believe, there are much more uses of cannabis for medical reasons to discover. What we know for sure is that cannabis is far more save that popular pharmaceutical prescription drugs we use daily. Cannabis will not damage your liver, but it will also protect your cells from being attacked by a virus or disease. Many patients are still waiting for cannabis to be studied more and more, as there are many possible ways to use it for medical reasons. We still need more research to be conducted in order to fully embrace and understand the healing potential of the cannabis plant.