More states are passing laws that allow people to use medical cannabis. So what does it treat, and who can and should use it?
Pain is the main reason people ask for a prescription, says Barth Wilsey, MD, a pain medicine specialist at the University of California Davis Medical Center. It could be from headaches, a disease like cancer, or a long-term condition, like glaucoma or nerve pain.
Doctors also may prescribe medical cannabis to treat:
- Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis
- Nausea from cancer chemotherapy
- Poor appetite and weight loss caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, or nerve pain
- Crohn's disease
- Seizure disorders
The FDA has also approved THC, a key ingredient in marijuana, to treat nausea and improve appetite. It's available by prescription Marinol (dronabinol) and Cesamet (nabilone). There are many known therapeutic uses for medical cannabis. Throughout history, cannabis, has been used for everything from common aches and pains to more serious conditions and ailments like cancer and other diseases.
Topical Uses of Cannabis:
Medical cannabis will help treat many conditions when used topically. This includes rough or dry skin, arthritis, eczema, headaches, migraines, insect bites, scrapes, burns, sore-achy muscles, psoriasis, pain, rashes, rheumatism, inflammation, sunburns, stiff-muscles, tendonitis, and many other uses. Large pharmaceutical companies prefer to keep the public unaware of the many valuable uses of medical cannabis in place of pills and powerful medications.
Medical Cannabis for Pain:
Cannabis is used to treat many different kinds of pain. Pain associated with inflammation may be remedied with the use of a medical cannabis topical. Pain that is internal or more significant may be helped by ingesting marijuana. Medical cannabis can be ingested by smoking, vaporizing, or even eating it. Eating medical cannabis in the form of a homemade capsule, or even in baked goods such as the classic marijuana brownies, is a great way to treat many chronic forms of pain without smoking.
Medical Cannabis for Asthma:
When someone has an asthma attack the bronchial tubes in their throat are involuntarily contracted and the airways are partly cut off from the air supply. This causes a sudden loss of breath and an inability to breath properly. Obviously, the inability to breath properly is a very serious condition â€“ one which may also cause panic, worsening the overall severity.
Medical cannabis is known to act as a bronchodilator, which means that it opens up the airways allowing easier breathing as it relaxes the bronchial tubes. This effect is usually felt instantaneously after inhaling active cannabis compounds containing THC. This may be achieved by either smoking or vaporizing, with vaporizing being the safer choice.
Not only will cannabis help reduce or eliminate the spasms and loss of breath, but compounds within marijuana are known to reduce mucous production. Reducing mucous production has drying effect, making it even easier to breathe since there is less blockage in the airway.
Cannabis is also known as an anti-inflammatory which can help reduce swelling in the mucous membranes, making it easier to breathe for the victim.
Asthma is the shortness of breath and wheezing caused by spasms of the bronchial tubes, overproduction of mucus, and swelling of the mucous membranes. Asthma kills more than 4,000 Americans each year.
Clinical research shows that THC acts as a bronchial dilator, clearing blocked air passageways and allowing free breathing via Medical Marijuana – Asthma.
Medical Cannabis for Cancer:
Many cancer patients have turned to medical cannabis for its appetite stimulating and antiemetic (anti-nausea) effects.
As of late, even more research is being published that shows the direct anti-tumor effects of some forms of medical marijuana, especially in concentrated extract forms.
All over the internet and in medical marijuana communities across the country, people have reported using a highly concentrated form of all-natural cannabis extracts to treat cancer and other serious diseases with great results. These cannabis extracts are the natural essential oils produced by the cannabis plant.
Other uses for medical cannabis:
Medical cannabis has many other uses. People use cannabis to help them relax when they are too tense, and to calm down when they are overly-anxious or having an anxiety attack. Some people use cannabis for migraine headaches and others for cramps and muscle aches.
The more research that is done on cannabis the more information is discovered on the variety of uses marijuana has for medical conditions. No matter the reason a person uses medical marijuana, there is one common factor: marijuana makes people feel better!