As states continue to recognize the benefit of marijuana for medical treatment and legalize its usage for certain conditions, it is important to be informed and updated about this evolving field. Over the course of recent years, researchers have investigated the medical properties and opportunities for marijuana.
Most commonly, medical marijuana has been used to treat conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, appetite loss, cancer, Crohn’s disease, eating disorders like anorexia, epilepsy, and more. Medical marijuana can reduce pain, nausea, and help with spastic muscle syndromes.
Medical marijuana consists of cannabinoids, chemicals that are active and similar to bodily produced chemicals linked to pain, memory, appetite, etc. Research has found that cannabinoids likely help with anxiety, pain, nausea, relaxation of muscles, and appetite. There are two key cannabinoids that have been highlighted for medical usage: THC and CBD. THC has been found to lessen nausea and increase appetite. CBD can be used to treat pain and control muscle spasms.
Some side effects of marijuana that you should be aware of before seeking treatment include dizziness, increased heart rate, hallucinations, and lower blood pressure.
This new medical and scientific field, exploring the medicinal properties of marijuana, has seen great strives and results in recent years, as patients continue to use it for treatment.