10 Diseases That Can Be Treated By Using Cannabis

Anecdotal evidence connects cannabis as the direct cure of countless different conditions. Research is quickly catching up to the long-known fact that cannabis is a profound treatment for countless conditions. The endocannabinoid system spans the entire body, which makes cannabis one of the most versatile herbal medicines available. Here’s a look at ten common diseases and conditions which cannabis holds proven benefits for. In certain cases, this could mean that it’s a cure for your discomfort and long-term wellness needs. After going through medicine’s current findings concerning cannabis and the investment bloom in the cannabis industry, you’ll want to rush out, buy some good marijuana seeds because growing yourself a steady supply of this healing herb would be better.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.5 million people in the US alone. Yet, what is even more shocking is that approximately 200,000 people experience the early onset of this chronic neurodegenerative disease each year. Given these shocking statistics, it is clear that we should be taking full advantage of the therapeutic potential of cannabis. THC, CBD, THCA, and CBDA, as well as the terpenoids present in cannabis, have all shown distinct advantages in the treatment of neurological conditions in both an interventional and preventative capacity. The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease recently published conclusions stating that THC is effective in reducing the formation of a plaque common in the brains of Alzheimer’s Patients. Regular supplementation with THC – the psychoactive component of cannabis, improves the cognitive function of patients due to slowing the buildup of beta-amyloid

Multiple Sclerosis

Treating multiple sclerosis is one of the biggest therapeutic benefits of cannabis. MS occurs when the myelin sheath which coats, insulates and protects the nerves becomes destroyed. As this occurs, nerve impulses no longer have direction and end up slowed, diverted or never end up complete. The disrupted nervous system manifests a range of symptoms, both psychological and physiological. Cannabis helps MS sufferers on many levels. THC brings spasticity under control. A recent New York-based study confirmed that 77% of patients find that their spasticity and pain management improves when using medical marijuana, while 70% felt that their general quality of life improved as well. Cannabis gives direct symptomatic relief, which leads to a reduction in other medications. Another leading benefit cited by MS patients is how pain sensitivity to cold temperatures improves as well. As cannabis lowers inflammation, muscle spasms and the rest of the diseases activity is drastically slowed down as well. 

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the world. Only Alzheimer’s disease, Strokes, and migraines affect more people than epilepsy. The shocking truth is that we all have a 1-in-26 chance of having this disorder characterized by sudden surges of electrical activity in the brain. A seizure occurs due to a neural overload, but despite science knowing the factors behind the onset, there are very few treatments that reliably subdue the symptoms. This is why cannabis is emerging as the go-to treatment for seizures and epilepsy. Both THC and CBD exhibit profound anticonvulsant effects. Class 1 evidence shows that CBD improves seizure control due to the direct action of CBD, while meditation of other medications also showed potential. CBD-enriched extracts improve seizure control while also benefiting sleep and the general behavior of a patient. The benefits are so clear that CBD even outperforms drugs like clobazam. Furthermore, you’ll find that marijuana is even approved by the FDA for two specific severe forms of epilepsy. Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut are both prescribed medical marijuana as per US FDA recommendations. 

Arthritis

Arthritis pain affects far more people than those that actually receive a diagnosis. Inflammation of the joints causes aches for millions of people around the world, but what many do not realize is that pain relief is one of the most profound benefits of cannabis. Specifically, cannabis sativa is a proven treatment to curb morning pain, improve sleep and it lowers inflammation in the joints. Certain tests even confirm the way that cannabis improves our immune response. Despite the new interest in cannabis as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, this is far from new. Instead, cannabis is a proven natural therapy to lower the inflammation characteristic to RA, which has been in use since before the US prohibition in the 1930s.

Crohn’s Disease

Severe inflammation in the gut and a range of gastrointestinal distress complications characterize Crohn’s Disease. This severe form of inflammatory bowel disease causes the immune system to attack gastrointestinal tissue, which results in widespread inflammation and extreme discomfort. Cannabis relieves the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease so effectively that 65% of all patients treated met the criteria for clinical remission after using cannabis oil for an extended period. While cannabis does not seem to address the inflammation directly, the stimulation of the endocannabinoid system reduces the symptoms of Crohn’s and improves IBD significantly.

Schizophrenia

Cannabis is a proven mental health aid which holds potential benefits for conditions including schizophrenia. The anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects make medical marijuana a fantastic aid alongside other treatments like cognitive behavior therapy. CBD is a worthy supplement to conventional antipsychotics, with fewer side effects reported as well a similar psychiatric improvement. Clinical trials show that CBD is a proven treatment for psychosis with both the impact on day to day life and the cognitive functioning of patients improving. Patients are less likely of an unwell diagnosis, while CBD has modest, positive effects on psychotic symptoms and no negative impact whatsoever. 

Cachexia

Cachexia is a dire condition whereby the body develops a rapid course of anorexia. This massive weight loss is typically referred to as wasting syndrome. It arises from the widespread failure of vital systems across the body. While most common to cancer, AIDS and tuberculosis sufferers, cachexia can be onset by a range of different diseases. THC and cannabidiol both have a beneficial effect on those suffering cachexia. It helps improve the appetite while supporting a healthy level of body fat, a good caloric intake, and it improves the mood & quality of life for all types of sufferers. There is a minimum of 113 different cannabinoids, which each causes a beneficial pharmacological response in cachexia patients. Cannabis even supports therapy in the case of recreational users, reducing neuropathic pain and the other vitality-draining symptoms of cachexia. 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the world’s leading causes of blindness, affecting roughly 60 million across the globe. Open-angle glaucoma can destroy the retina and degrade the optic nerve, but cannabis has emerged as a proven solution to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) and slow the progression of glaucoma. Whether smoked or ingested, THC effectively reduces IOP just as well as conventional glaucoma medications. Reduced blood flow to the optic nerve is a short-lasting effect which means that the patient needs to use marijuana-based medicine more often, but continuous IOP control is possible which will slow the progress effects of glaucoma that cause blindness. 

Osteoporosis

The CB1 and CB2 expression across the body has an effect which benefits sympathetic nerve signaling within the skeletal system. This then causes an adrenergic effect on bone formation, stimulating the formation of new bone and inhibiting the degradation (resorption) of current skeletal tissue. Low bone mass is effectively combating by CB2 expression, helping the body remodel and rebalance the skeleton system while at the same time combating the age-related bone loss typical to osteoporosis. 

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition which manifests symptoms that severely disrupt a patient’s quality of life. From widespread pain across the body to constant fatigue, terrible sleep quality, and ongoing worsening anxiety and depression, there are certainly many afflictions to this terrible condition. Fortunately, both chronic pain and emotional turmoil becomes easier when using cannabis. 80% of all patients tested reported a moderate improvement to their median pain levels, thus reducing their perceived pain score from a nine to five on the scale. 93% of all patients tested found that they slept better, and 80% had less depression with sex and appetite improvements as well. This proves that cannabis is a worthy alternative to standard medicines like benzodiazepines while helping ease all the other symptoms of fibromyalgia as well. With minimal side effects and no risk, cannabis is emerging as a safe, effective treatment for patients who struggle to find relief elsewhere. 

Treatment potential for cancer and more

One of the most profound and globally recognized breakthroughs for medicinal cannabis, which we haven’t even begun to discuss is just how effective it is as a therapeutic agent for treating cancer. Cannabis displays strong antitumor, antiemetic, and analgesic effects, while also stimulating a healthy appetite and at the same time, it improves sleep. The anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic effects persist even when after THC removal, while high dose THC treatments directly inhibit tumor growth. Supplementing with cannabis decreases the risk of benign tumors spanning both polyps and adenomas in a range of organs across the body. This includes but is not limited to mammary glands, uterus, pituitary function, the tests, and the pancreas. CBD is a chemopreventive agent which acts across all types of cancer. It protects DNA from oxidative damage while reducing cell proliferation levels. 

There are simply so many ways that cannabis helps for cancer that studies continue to discover new ways to leverage its healing power. When you look at cannabis in light of the proven evidence, it is clear that it is one of the world’s most effective, efficient treatments for a massive range of different conditions. Never underestimate its power and the need to raise more awareness concerning its many benefits. Read more about cannabis and it’s medicinal benefits on I Love Growing Marijuana

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Kathy T. Cooley

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