Chronic health conditions and other diseases are some of the reasons that our medical world has become so advanced. As new challenges present themselves to us in the form of physical conditions and ailments, we are hoping to discover new and innovative ways to treat and cure those conditions. However, there are some forms of medical treatment and intervention that date back for centuries, and one of those happens to be medical marijuana. If you have not already heard, people have been actually using the cannabis plant to treat a wide variety of health conditions since the beginning of human time. For most of human existence, marijuana was used as a healing herb with lots of medicinal properties.
This is much different than how some people view marijuana today, since it is widely scrutinized as an illegal substance that needs to be controlled by the government. Thankfully it is becoming more popular and acceptable to use medical marijuana in our medical world today, which brings us to the topic of today’s article: using medical marijuana to treat certain medical conditions.
There are currently 36 states in the United States that have medical marijuana programs, and many of those programs allow people with mild to severe health conditions the privilege to use medical marijuana as a treatment option. Some of these patients have run out of options in other medical treatment alternatives, and have found the possibility of relief and healing from their chronic health conditions and the subsequent symptoms they cause. So today, here are some of those health conditions that are treatable with medical marijuana.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is now a qualifying health condition for the use of medical marijuana in 39 states throughout the whole United States. MS can be an extremely debilitating disease that begins by disabling the central nervous system, which is essentially the brain and spinal cord. MS symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient based on a variety of factors. Many patients experience severe effects that cost them their ability to work or live independently, while others may have long periods of time without experiencing any symptoms at all. Some of the symptoms of MS include electric shock sensations that can be extremely painful and occur in the neck.
There has been research done to study the effectiveness of using medical marijuana to treat MS. In fact, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has even supported the use of oral cannabis extract and synthetic THC for reducing some of the symptoms of MS, especially when it comes to reducing spasticity and pain due to MS.
Of all the other problems that have been associated with using marijuana over the course of the last few decades, there have been multiple attempts in saying that cannabis causes cancer. In reality, research is showing the exact opposite. A few studies done in recent years suggest that using medical marijuana may not only be an effective treatment for reducing cancerous cells, but may also be effective at preventing cancerous cells from developing in the future. Many states list cancer as one of the qualifying conditions on their medical marijuana programs, making it possible to treat pain, anxiety, and other health issues associated with cancer.
Another condition that can be treated by using medical marijuana is arthritis. While the Arthritis Foundation has not yet taken a stance on using medical marijuana for treating this condition, thousands of patients all over the country are using cannabis topicals, gummies, gels, and other products in order to manage their arthritis pain. I hope that these articles were helpful for you!