10 Common Conditions Treated by Medicinal Marijuana

Photo Credit: The Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: The Medicinal Marijuana Association

Marijuana is gaining in popularity for its ability to treat a wide range of medical conditions. As opposed to pharmaceutical drugs, which generally only target a few specified conditions, medical marijuana is safe to use and can help alleviate the symptoms of a large amount of conditions without the risk of fatal overdose, significant negative side effects, and addiction. The list of conditions medical marijuana can potentially treat may seem never-ending, so the Medicinal Marijuana Association has compiled a short list of 10 of the more common conditions that respond favorably to medical cannabis.

1). Alzheimer's disease currently lacks a cure, but studies have shown THC can prevent acetylcholinesterase from creating protein clumps in the brain, which reduce cognitive function and cause memory loss, and from forming Alzheimer's plaques.

2). Medical marijuana has proven to be an effective treatment option for patients who suffer from treatment-resistant epilepsy. Many patients who turn to medical marijuana witness a significant reduction in seizures and sometimes become seizure free.

3). Clinical trials have revealed medical cannabis can benefit muscle spasticity, reduce arm and leg pain, and even put patients in a better mood, making it an excellent treatment option for those who suffer from multiple sclerosis

4). By relieving and reducing intraocular pressure, which damages the optic nerve in the eyes, cannabis has the potential to combat glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness. Research has also shown cannabis can reverse deterioration.

5). Cannabis is known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, so researchers believe cannabis has the potential to relieve the symptoms associated with arthritis

6). Patients who suffer from Hepatitis C claim it actually boosts the effectiveness of their drug therapy, not only by subduing the negative side effects produced by their pharmaceutical medications, but also by helping the drugs achieve a virological response, in which there are no longer any signs of the virus left in their bodies.

7). Medical marijuana is seen as an effective player in the treatment of various types of cancer due to its ability to combat the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite produced by chemotherapy while also stopping metastasis of aggressive cancer and killing cancer cells without affecting healthy cells.

8). Marijuana can help relieve and prevent migraines and other severe headaches by inhibiting serotonin type 3 receptors. 

9). Many people suffer from insomnia, or sleeplessness, which often occurs on behalf of other conditions. By reducing pain, pressure, and inflammation, which are symptoms that often keep people awake, marijuana is able to help patients fall asleep.

10). Treating anxiety with medical marijuana can be tricky due to the fact marijuana in high doses can actually create or worsen anxiety. That being said, if a patient uses the right strain, specifically ones high in CBD, and consumes low doses of the medication, then medical cannabis can effectively reduce debilitating anxiety.

This information has been provided by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.