Even when medical marijuana doesn't treat the root cause of a disorder, the medication can be extremely helpful in alleviating symptoms of the disorder or the side effects of its traditional treatments. Patients who suffer from cancer of HIV/AIDS can benefit from medical marijuana through its reduction of the nausea and vomiting that coincides with their treatment methods. Medical marijuana can also offer a viable alternative to opioid painkillers. Their analgesic properties produce effective pain relief without the risk of addiction or harmful side effects. A variety of illnesses and side effects often cause patients to suffer from insomnia, but medical marijuana may be able to help by inducing sleep, and enhancing the quality and length of sleep.
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