Cannabis to the rescue: Cure for the Incurable
Though not mostly legal, we humans always feel a special attraction towards the happy plant. Cannabis has been a part of the human life since long. Being a grade 1 restricted substance, research works on the good and the bad effects of marijuana are very very problematic due to the legal restrictions. Still, studies exist and we can tell you that the plant is not as bad as you may think.
Studies suggest that cannabis can be very beneficial in the treatment of cancer. Cannabidiol, a chemical found in cannabis and cannabis seeds, has the ability to turn off the “ID-1” gene, which is responsible for tumor malignancy. Some also suggest that oral cannabinoids are very effective against post-chemo nausea and vomiting.
Cannabis is not reported to have a curing effect against AIDS. But a few studies at General Clinical Research Center at California on HIV-positive marijuana smokers tell us that cannabis helps the patients experience less neuropathic pain. The acute analgesic and hyperalgesic effects of smoked cannabis help the HIV-associated sensory neuropathy subside, the study suggests.
Medical marijuana is reported to have a diverse array of effects in Alzheimer’s patients. Earlier the plant and some of the plant chemicals including cannabidiols have been used to help patients gain weight and control the usual agitated behaviour usually observed in the patients. According to a cell study tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active component of cannabis shows competitive inhibition against the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE). Acetylcholinesterase induces amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) aggregation, causing Alzheimer’s disease. According to another study THC also blocks the peripheral anionic site of AChE, slowing the progression of this crippling disease.
Cannabinoids are reported to have certain anti-inflammatory properties. According to a study, human immune system cells like T cells and macrophages have some certain cannabinoid receptors on their cell membrane. These receptors modulate and stimulate the secretion of cytokines from these cells, which help in fighting painful inflammations from rheumatoid arthritis and a number of other inflammatory disorders. According to another study, marijuana derivatives are reported to have certain sedating cum pain-relieving effects, helping patients return to a normal life.
5. Lung diseases
It may seem unbelievable to some that smoking marijuana is actually beneficial to lung health! A research work published in the Journal of the American Medical Foundation states that cannabis smoke actually increases our lung capacity, and significantly improves the inspiratory and expiratory volumes and the vital capacity of our lung. Another 2014 study published in the journal Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine says no relation between lung diseases and marijuana smoke has been discovered. That is a good news, we must say!
6. Chronic Pain
The most common use for cannabis for medical purposes can be cited as relief against chronic pain. Widely used in the 1800s, cannabis still remains a great boon to people suffering from chronic pains, which is a leading cause of disability in modern times. Certain studies show that cannabinoids have a substantial analgesic effect. This is why certain medicines like Sativex has been developed from cannabinoid derivatives and being used successfully. CBD dosage for pain is is found to be very helpful for people suffering from chronic pain problems.
7. Crohn’s Disease
Florida marijuana doctors suggests that cannabis can be a blessing to inflammatory bowel disease patients, i.e. patients suffering from diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis etc. In a small pilot study on a small group of patients suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases, it has been found that cannabis has the property of stimulating appetite and helping in weight gain. Cannabis also has been found to control the diarrhoea frequency and maintain gastric hygiene.
Cannabis can now be an answer to life-threatening neurological conditions like epilepsy. Severe epileptic conditions like Dravet syndrome can be kept under control, if not completely cured, a 2017 study says. Another study undertaken by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) reveals that “ingredients in marijuana and the cannabinoid receptor protein produced naturally in the body to regulate the central nervous system and other bodily functions play a critical role in controlling spontaneous seizures in epilepsy.”
Being one of the leading causes of blindness, glaucoma is an issue we have to take seriously. Glaucoma is a neurological condition which increases the pressure inside the eyeball, often leading to vision loss. Studies have reported tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is capable of lowering this pressure, stabilizing the optic nerve. But it also lowers the blood pressure, creating a chance of reducing blood supply and harming the optic nerve.
Marijuana is reported to reduce and prevent muscle spasms, tremor, and stiffness in multiple studies regarding multiple sclerosis. According to a MUSEC study, THC and other cannabinoids decrease the rate of neuromuscular tremor and spasms dramatically. Even in treatment-resistant spasticity, smoked cannabis grant relief from sclerotic pain, another study reports.
Medical marijuana in Florida is reported to have a curing effect on nausea. THC is used in the treatment of nausea, including drug or chemotherapy-induced nausea.
12. Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD
Use of CBD for anxiety, depression issues and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been going on for long. The cannabinoids to be precise, evidently can relieve depression, anxiety, and PTSD conditions. But it is also cautioned that marijuana is not to be used in mental conditions like bipolar disorder or psychosis.
However, there is evidence of marijuana both being beneficial and harmful. Even if it is only used for medicinal purposes, you must consult your doctor first regarding your disease history and whether marijuana should suit your physical and mental health.