10 Amazing Medical Benefits of Marijuana
Marijuana has been around for a long period of time. Around 2737 BC, the first references to this almost magic plant were found in some writings of Emperor Shen Nung in China. Before I begin, let me take you to 2737 BC. It has been described that during that period, the first direct reference was found in China in the writings of the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung.
These writings describe the medical benefits of marijuana for conditions like malaria, rheumatism, and gout.
From China, its use spread to other Asian countries and then to Africa, reaching Europe around the year 500 of the Common Era. Between 1850 and 1942, the United States Pharmacopeia listed marijuana as a medication prescribed for rheumatism, nausea, and even labor pain.
But marijuana also became famous as a recreational substance. The controversy started surrounding it and in 1970, it was classified by the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 as a Scheduled 1 drug, that is, drugs that potentially can be addictive.
Amidst controversy, marijuana advocates, and researchers tried to make marijuana still medically friendly, so its active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC was synthesized. The FDA finally approved it as a medical substance in 1985.
California became the first state that legalized the use of medical marijuana in 1996. Nowadays, 24 states have medical marijuana legislation and acknowledge the medical benefits of marijuana.
Medical Benefits of Marijuana
Marijuana is a herb with almost magical properties that make you feel an array of good effects on your body and mind. We will highlight 10 medical benefits of marijuana that are good reasons for it to be fully legalized.
- Marijuana can prevent Alzheimer’s Disease: According to some studies, tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient of marijuana can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes the amyloid plaques. Amyloid plaques are responsible for killing brain cells, which is the cause of Alzheimer’s.
- Relieves arthritis pain: Some studies have reported that the use of cannabis helps reduce pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The fact that marijuana helps people to relax and sleep better could help arthritis patients, who often suffer from insomnia caused by discomfort.
- Helps in Glaucoma treatment: Glaucoma is a condition that increases the pressure in the eyeballs, leading to injuries in the optic nerve and eventually causing loss of vision. Some studies reveal that smoking marijuana helps lower the intraocular pressure, which would be helpful for people with glaucoma and could help prevent blindness
- Relieves the pain caused by multiple sclerosis: Marijuana helps relieve the neurological effects and pain associated to muscle spasms in people suffering from multiple sclerosis.
- Helps to calm down tremors caused by Parkinson’s Disease: Recent studies show that smoking marijuana may help reduce tremors and pain associated with Parkinson’s disease. Patients are supposed to improve fine motor skills after a period of smoking marijuana.
- Helps to relieve anxiety: Another benefit of smoking marijuana is the anxiety relief. Smoking marijuana improves the mood and is sedative in low doses. Nevertheless, higher doses might increase anxiety and cause paranoia.
- Reduces the effects of chemotherapy and stimulates appetite: One of the most spread uses for medical marijuana is for chemotherapy patients. Marijuana helps relieve pain, nausea, and loss of appetite. Synthetic THC compounds also serve for this purpose.
- Helps to cope with PTSD: Marijuana is used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD), helping with anxiety symptoms.
- Helps to relieve the symptoms of Crohn Disease and other inflammatory bowel conditions: Marijuana may be helpful in treating the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel condition that causes severe vomiting, diarrhea, pain, and loss of weight. Smoking marijuana is helpful to cope with disease symptoms. And like Crohn’s disease, patients suffering from other inflammatory bowel conditions like ulcerative colitis could benefit from marijuana. According to some studies, both THC and CBD interact with cells that take part in digestive and bowel functions. Cannabinoids contained in marijuana help prevent bowel permeability and make the intestines bond tighter together.
- Helps to eliminate nightmares: This is especially helpful for patients suffering from PTSD. Marijuana could interrupt the REM sleep phase, preventing bad dreams or night terrors to occur. Potentially, marijuana can be a sleep aid, but further studies are needed on this topic.