10 Diseases Where Medical Marijuana Could Have Impact

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It seems every day more and more information is revealed about the wide array of medicinal properties of marijuana and the variety of illnesses and symptoms that could benefit from its therapeutic impact. In this list, Blaze Now discusses 10 of the many diseases that could benefit from medical marijuana and how. It's important to note that the support for treatment of these conditions comes from studies that are either small scale, observational, or in their early stages. The benefits from medical marijuana for patients suffering these varying ailments are summarized below:

Patients suffering from HIV/AIDS were able to eat better and sleep better and they experienced a better mood and less neuropathic pain when they smoked medical marijuana. Marijuana helped Alzheimer's patients gain weight and feel less agitated. It also slowed the deposit of proteins onto the brain, which some researchers believe may cause the disease. Some research suggests marijuana can ease exercise-induced asthma and dilate the airways, facilitating airflow. That being said, these studies have faced contradictory results from other patients who experienced chest and throat pain. 

In some studies, marijuana extracts have shown the ability to kill cancer cells and slow cancer growth. The cannabinoid THC has also enhanced the impact of radiation on cancer cells. Cannabis also helps reduce the nausea and loss of appetite that result from chemotherapy. The analgesic effect of cannabinoids can ease pain, helping those who suffer from chronic pain or the pain that accompanies multiple sclerosis or different cancers. Marijuana can also help those suffering from MS by preventing muscle spasms, pain, tremors, and stiffness. That being said, it can also have a negative effect by impairing memory.

For those who suffer from Crohn's or ulcerative colitis, inhaled cannabis helped ease pain, increase weight gain, and reduce the frequency of diarrhea. Cannabis is also known for its effects on those who suffer from epilepsy. Many times, the frequency of seizures reduce by over 50%. Marijuana is also thought to be an effective treatment for glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness, because of THC's ability to lower eye pressure and preserve the nerves. The effect it has on lowering blood pressure, however, could actually harm the optic nerve due to a lack of blood supply. 

For a more detailed look at these diseases and the small studies that support the idea of using marijuana as a treatment option, check this out