Concrete Reasons Why Marijuana is Medicine
Five concrete benefits of cannabis as A medicine. The concept of medical cannabis is not new. The ancient physicians prescribed it for pain relief, digestive problems and psychological disorders, among other conditions.
Cannabis sativa is the plant from which the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds are extracted and used as marijuana. There are about 100 related cannabinoids that are found in marijuana out of which two main cannabinoids are currently of therapeutic interest: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive substance and cannabidiol (CBD) found in varying ratios in the marijuana plant.
THC can stimulate appetite and reduces nausea. It can also decrease pain, inflammation, and spasticity. CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid can prove useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and possibly even treating psychosis and addictions.
5 Medical Use of Cannabinoids
- The THC or tetrahydrocannabinol has pain-relieving properties and generates feelings of euphoria. These properties might be of immense benefit for people with chronic pain, to relieve nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and alleviate the effects of progressive diseases such as glaucoma and multiple sclerosis (MS).
- The cannabis-based drugs Dronabinol and Nabilone which are approved by the FDA have been shown to reduce chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting in cancer patients.
- Medical cannabis can treat glaucoma, an elevated pressure in the eyeball that can lead to blindness.
- Cannabis is used for stimulating appetite among HIV/AIDS patients and others who have a suppressed appetite due to a medical condition or treatment since on consumption it makes you wanting to munch something.
- A non-psychoactive component of marijuana called the Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to have therapeutic benefits which can prove effective in treating patients with schizophrenia without the feeling of being stoned.