Benefits of Medical Marijuana
The debate over the advantages and disadvantages of marijuana has been going on for quite some time. Despite the debate, medical scientists have found enough evidence that cannabis can be used in the treatment of some medical conditions. There results have been shared and embraced widely, however, many people are still unaware of these effects and how marijuana can treat them. Here are some of the medical benefits of marijuana.
Glaucoma can be treated using marijuana. Glaucoma is an eye disease which increases pressure in the eyeball, destroying the optic nerve and leading to loss of vision. Marijuana decreases the pressure inside the eye according to studies. For both people with normal pressure and glaucoma, studies back in 1970s showed that smoking marijuana reduces intraocular pressure. The progression of the illness may be slowed down by these effects therefore preventing blindness.
According to studies, medical marijuana plays a major role in reversing the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and in improving lung health in tobacco smokers. Marijuana doesn’t have negative effects on the lungs, which is contrary to what most people believe. It can also be used in preventing epileptic seizures. Cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) help control seizures by merging with the brain cells responsible for managing excitability and regulating relaxation.
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Marijuana reduces the symptoms of Dravet syndrome which is a severe seizure disorder. To achieve this effect, the Cannabidiols in marijuana bind with brain cells to prevent excessive activity which often results to seizures. They have also discovered that marijuana prevents cancer from spreading by putting out a gene known as Id-1. When cancer affects the human body, it creates this gene in addition to cancer cells and this helps them spread quickly. The study on this effect involved scientists testing Cannabidiol on breast cancer cells. After treatment the cells had reduced and had become passive aggressive.
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Anxiety is reduced by use of medical marijuana. It suppresses nausea and causes relief from pain. These effects have led it to being used on cancer patients. Tetrahydrocannabinol makes the progression of the Alzheimer’s disease slow. It slows down the formation of amyloid plaques by deterring the enzyme in the brain that’s responsible for creating them. The plaques cause Alzheimer’s by killing brain cells. Marijuana is also used to prevent pain in people with multiple sclerosis.
When THC merges with receptors in the nerves, it helps reduce pain. This is especially important for patients suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases such as the Crohn’s disease. Cannabidiol also reacts with body cells that are responsible for gut function and immune responses. Marijuana reduces pain, reduces inflammation and also encourages sleep and this aids in relieving of pain and discomfort for patients ailing from rheumatoid arthritis.