By Marie Miguel
The marijuana plant without a doubt is one of the most important medicinal plants that provides legitimate health benefits. However, in spite of its many uses and fewer side effects, there is still an existing debate whether it should be legalized or not because of its bad reputation and addictive tendencies.
Marijuana has been introduced as a plant that can make people high. It has been associated with substance abuse and banned from many countries including the United States. The medical use of the plant has been overshadowed by its negative effects, hence, it was made illegal.
Marijuana in modern medicine
Today, the use of marijuana plant has been legalized in 23 states in the United States and there is a certain amount of marijuana a person is allowed to carry per state. The limits are set to avoid drug misuse and addiction.
“Marijuana is touted as the cheaper alternative to expensive drugs for pain and other illnesses.”
According to research, marijuana contains a chemical called cannabinoids. It is found to be useful in alleviating the symptoms of many health conditions such as Childhood epilepsy. The plant has two main cannabinoids called THC and CBD.
TCH helps relieve nausea, swelling and pain. CBD on the other hand, can control epileptic seizures, reduce inflammation and pain and possibly treat addictions and mental illnesses.
While the sole use of marijuana plant is yet to be recognized by the Food and Drug Administration or FDA, the board has already approved two marijuana-based drugs (Dronabinol and Nabilone) which can effectively treat nausea and increase appetite.
The Benefits of Medical Marijuana
Tobacco smokers may benefit from it
Based on a study published on the Journal of American Medical Association, people who smoke marijuana are less prone to develop lung diseases. Unlike tobacco, marijuana increases the lung capacity and does not impair its function.
It can help relieve the symptoms associated with Dravet’s Syndrome
The severe seizure disorder that causes developmental delay can be treated with the use of medical marijuana which contains high cannabidiol and low TCH. It helps cease the excessive activity inside the brain which triggers seizures.
Helps reduce anxiety
Patients undergoing chemotherapy sometimes have medical marijuana listed on electronic medical records as one of their treatment drugs since it is found to be effective in reducing pain and nausea. When taken in a low dosage, it helps improve the mood and prevents anxiety to develop.
Helps people with Alzheimer’s disease
According to a study from the Scripps Research Institute headed by Kim Janda, THC a chemical found in marijuana helps halt the amyloid plaques formation which kills the brain cells. THC blocks the enzyme which produces the plaque that speeds up the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Helps relieve the pain associated with multiple sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is an immune-mediated disease. MS attack is accompanied by debilitating symptoms such as muscle contractions which can be painful and severe. Based on a study posted in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, THC found in medical marijuana may help ease muscles spasms and reduce pain.
The use of marijuana provides positive effect to health but when used excessively it may cause side effects that may impose danger to health such as cardiac problems, impaired judgement, anxiety attacks and impaired memory. Therefore, it must be taken in moderation and proper dosage must be observed.
Marie Miguel writes about social media marketing, healthcare and business. She has a college degree in Communication with Specialization in Integrated Marketing Communication. Marie also likes to travel and her adventures allow her to have a broader world view. Finally, she has four kids, who inspire her with her work and her writing.