BY: STAN YAN
There is a lot of debate regarding marijuana and its therapeutic properties. In some U.S. states, this plant is approved as a medicine and can be grown indoors for medical use. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go until we realize the potential that this plant holds.
Scientists from California claim that this drug, if used daily and in moderation, can help with some diseases and remove pain caused by sclerosis, tumors, and glaucoma. Nevertheless, even with this compelling data, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still against use of marijuana as a medicine. According to FDA, there is no proper ground that can corroborate whether marijuana can be used as a drug or if it is safe for patients or not.
- How Can Marijuana Help Us?
Although FDA is against it, a study from 1999 performed by The National Academy of Medicine discovered that active substances within this plant can help relieve pain, nausea, and anorexia caused by AIDS. As a result, there is greater support of cannabis by governing bodies. Today, numerous states allow use of medical marijuana. These Include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
- Relief for AIDS and Cancer Patients
Marijuana is often presented as a plant that has numerous beneficial properties. But, like any other healing herb, it has shown different results for different ailments. For example, this drug has shown excellent potential in improving nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and weight loss and poor appetite in those with AIDS. The biggest problem with this research is that the study performed was on a smaller scale due to lack of commercial marijuana in the U.S.
- Pain Relief
It is widely known that cannabis can help with different types of pain. Furthermore, cannabis has shown promising results when treating pain caused by spinal cord injuries, as well as a burning pain caused by diabetes.
- Soothes Nerves and Reduces Number of Spasms
Similar to pain, it is logical that cannabis would at least have a moderate effect on spasms and muscle stiffness. Cannabis can soothe nerves in muscles, which can help people with multiple sclerosis. With marijuana treatment, patients may be able to walk properly and rest without waking with debilitating pain.
- The Future
As you can presume, there is still a lot to learn regarding this amazing plant. Even now, there are many studies that are exploring potential uses for this herb. Cannabis may have the ability to be used for Crohn disease, cancer, Parkinson, Alzheimer, anxiety disorders, lupus, posttraumatic stress disorder, and many other medical issues. According to scientists, it is likely that the marijuana plant will be used for epilepsy in the future since it reduces the number of seizures in patients who have Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, which currently cannot be treated.
We are still far away from using marijuana in the same manner that we use other drugs because of the psychoactive effect marijuana can have on a patient. There is still a stigma surrounding marijuana, and we can only hope that in time the stigma will dissipate so that marijuana can be used regularly to help patients.