An increasing number of states have passed or are currently in the process of passing both medical and recreational cannabis laws. Presently, twenty-three states have passed laws that allow the medicinal use of cannabis for certain health conditions under a physician’s prescription. While many of marijuana’s benefits are yet to be discovered, here are four well-researched health benefits of medical marijuana:
1. Eases Pain
Medical use of cannabis may ease the opioid epidemic. Many patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain ultimately end up addicted or dealing with unwanted side effects. Unfortunately, opioids are taking more lives each year. Medical-grade cannabis offers a safer and natural alternative for pain patients. Medical marijuana is both anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic, relieving both pain and tension. Medical cannabis also treats many of the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
3. Calms and Focuses Your Mind
Medical cannabis has benefits for your mental health. The calming properties of the cannabinoid cannabidiol, better known as CBD, aid in easing anxiety, depression and potentially schizophrenia. CBD is well-known for easing insomnia related to anxiety as well. The other main cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC,) is known for increasing creativity, focus and clarity. There are different types of medical grade cannabis with different concentrations of CBD and THC. Doctors can utilize different types of medical marijuana depending on a patient’s mental health disposition. We could someday see medical grade cannabis replacing common drugs like antidepressants, antianxiety, antipsychotic and hypnotic medication.
3. Aids in the Treatment of Certain Neurological Disorders
Patients suffering from neurological disorders such as Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis are having success in treating their conditions with medical cannabis. CBD’s strong anti-spasmodic properties mostly account for this benefit. Patients are able to use medical cannabis with a high ratio of CBD to THC to treat these disorders that often cause seizures, convulsions, unwanted movements and tics.
4. Boosts Appetite and Suppresses Nausea
Medical marijuana is a well-known appetite stimulant and anti-emetic. Patients who are in need of gaining weight and those suffering from nausea are able to eat and gain strength. This benefit has been especially important for both the elderly and chemotherapy patients, who often struggle to eat and need the extra sustenance the most.
Medical Marijuana has an incredible amount of health benefits to offer. As more states pass medical marijuana laws, more research into the benefits of cannabis will occur. As time goes on, the list of health benefits will only continue to grow.