Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

As more states implement medical marijuana laws, and researchers become more interested in understanding the benefits of the medication, we are becoming learning more about the mysteries behind this plant and how it is able to target such a wide range of conditions and symptoms. Many conditions are accompanied by unbearable chronic pain, but now research has shown cannabis is not only an analgesic that provides effective pain relief, but that it does so without the risk of addiction or adverse side effects like its pharmaceutical counterparts. Physicians may prescribe medical marijuana for chronic muscle spasms, neuropathic pain, cancer-associated discomfort, and other pain issues.

Cancer and HIV patients often suffer from nausea and a decreased appetite, which prevents them from receiving the nutrition they need to aid recovery. Medical marijuana, however, has been shown to increase appetite and manage nausea. One of the specific cannabinoids in marijuana, CBD, reduces seizures in severe and treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy. Cannabis might also extend its benefits beyond physical health to mental health in the relief of psychiatric disorders and mental illness. Not only might it relieve anxiety and depression, but studies have found it could also help those who suffer from PTSD by alleviating feelings of fear or panic.

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