It is quite well known that cannabis is somewhat of a miracle drug. Modern science, however, is continuing to produce research results showing the massive amount of potential cannabis has to treat everything from cancer to insomnia. With so much happening throughout the industry, here are just a few of the benefits that cannabis has to potential patients.
One of the main impediments to cannabis being used as a medicinal treatment is the fact that in the U.S. at least, cannabis is still considered a Schedule I narcotic, which means that it is incredibly difficult to research. This scheduling puts marijuana on the same pedestal as heroin and LSD, which for those who use marijuana, know is completely asinine.
The scheduling also states that it has a high potential for abuse, which as many also know, is not as true as the scheduling puts it. Regardless, this seems to be on the way out as more and more states in the U.S. begin to legalize the use of marijuana showing a broader public desire for legal cannabis.
For starters, cannabis contains more than 100 different chemicals within it known as cannabinoids. These components which are everything from the more popular THC and CBD to the less well known, THCa and beyond. While THC has a large amount of medicinal properties, CBD or cannabidiol is being researched to a high degree due to the fact that it does not get the user ‘high’ which can be quite a desirable effect.
Marijuana has shown potential for being used to treat everything from Alzheimer’s, appetite loss, cancer, Crohn’s disease, eating disorders and more. Although there is still a large amount of research that needs to be done, cannabis is considered to be a miracle drug with a large amount of undiscovered potential. One doctor stated that “the greatest amount of evidence for the therapeutic effects of cannabis relate to its ability to reduce chronic pain, nausea, and vomiting.”
The cannabinoids within the marijuana plant are known to more broadly reduce anxiety, inflammation, pain, nausea, and vomiting and in some cases, kill cancer cells while also slowing tumor growth.
One of the more well-studied effects of cannabis has been its use in patients suffering from chronic seizure disorders. Various pharmaceuticals have been produced to help aid everyone from children to the elderly with these conditions. Big news came as the FDA last year decided to approve the first marijuana-derived pharmaceutical known as Epidiolex. The drug which has a wide variety of miracle stories has helped to provide a positive case for cannabis all around.
The only issue that still remains is that of legislation from the federal government. If in the U.S., we are able to legalize the use of cannabis, or maybe even open the government, it would drastically help those who need marijuana to greatly increase the quality of their life. The next few years remain hopeful for those in the industry and those looking to use cannabis to treat the wide variety of ailments that it can help.