Conditions Cannabis May Help With

A cancer patient smokes medical marijuana

With medical marijuana still considered a Schedule I drug by the federal government, states have to piece together their own medical and adult-use cannabis programs. Because of that, qualifying medical conditions differ widely from state to state.

Thanks to analysis of medical marijuana state registry data, there’s conclusive evidence that chronic pain is -- across the board -- the most common condition shared by medical marijuana patients. Chronic pain affects 100 million Americans and is often a symptom related to cancer, multiple sclerosis and neuropathy.

Examples of some medical marijuana conditions approved by a majority of states include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:

    • Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of
    • multiple sclerosis
    • Severe nausea (such as with cancer and AIDS)
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • Severe and chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy

Alzheimer’s And Medical Marijuana

Research shows that “microdoses” of medical marijuana can slow the production of beta-amyloid proteins - the key contributors to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. THC in medical marijuana has also been found to reduce the amount of beta amyloid in the brain.

Medical Marijuana For Cancer

Cannabis serves as a valuable appetite stimulant that helps cancer patients control nausea and vomiting while undergoing chemotherapy. It’s also effective for pain management. Looking to the future, research indicates that THC and CBD may slow the growth of - and even kill some - cancer cells.

Glaucoma And Cannabis

One of the earliest conditions successfully treated with medical marijuana is glaucoma, which if left untreated can lead to blindness. Research dating back to the 70s shows that medical marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure, a key contributor to the disease.

Medical Marijuana For HIV / AIDS

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, kills white blood cells leading to a severely compromised immune system. HIV patients frequently suffer from wasting syndrome causing them to feel weak and experience loss of appetite. Medical marijuana can be effective in stimulating appetite, which helps patients restore weight and maintain essential nutrients.

PTS / PTSD And Medical Marijuana

Recently, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) has been shown to respond favorably to medical marijuana treatment. Studies indicate that medical cannabis can be more effective in relieving severe stress than antidepressants and other pharmaceuticals.

Medical Marijuana For Crohn’s Disease

If you’ve ever known someone with Crohn’s Disease, you understand the intense discomfort it causes. Inflammation in the digestive tract that is associated with Crohn’s is accompanied by acute diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, and weight loss. Medical marijuana appears to ease these symptoms and eliminate reliance on other pharmaceutical treatments.

At Nature’s Medicines, our staff is well informed about the therapeutic value of medical cannabis. Ask them for advice and learn from their recommendations.

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