Throughout the years, and especially recently, many studies on the use of medical marijuana have been published. From the research, we’ve learned that cannabis is a pain reliever, helps in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and adds value to our health. Here are some facts about the positive impact of marijuana, and how it helps to prevent different diseases.
1. Medical marijuana stops and slows down the development of cancer cells
The most notable positive impact that medical marijuana provides is that it slows down the growth of cancer cells, one of the main reasons why the legalization of cannabis has been such a hot topic. In a study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Cannabidiol was found to stop cancer by excluding the Id-1 gene.
Back in 2007, researchers from the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported that Cannabidiol could prevent the spread of cancer. Later, the American Cancer Research Association found that cannabis works to slow tumor growth in the brain, chest, and lungs.
2. Marijuana helps slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease
Interestingly, the active ingredient present in marijuana, THC, slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2006 study led by Kim Jandy of the Scripps Research Institute, researchers found that THC slows down the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that creates them, as plaques kill brain cells and potentially lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Medical cannabis brings a positive impact on Glaucoma treatment
According to the National Eye Institute, marijuana reduces the pressure inside the eye: “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana reduces intraocular pressure (IOP) in people who have had glaucoma.”
4. Marijuana can control epileptic seizures
A 2003 study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics found that THC can control seizures by calming the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation.
5. Medicinal cannabis helps treat Crohn’s disease
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and more. Cannabis consumption significantly reduced the symptoms of Crohn’s disease in 10 out of 11 patients and led to the full rehabilitation of five of the test subjects, according to a recent study in Israel.
6. Marijuana can relieve pain
Various researchers have found that marijuana is a great natural pain reliever. It is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional pain-relieving medications, including opioids.
7. Medical marijuana can help patients manage Parkinson’s disease
Recent studies in Israel show that smoking marijuana noticeably reduces pain and tremors and improves sleep for patients with Parkinson’s disease. In fact, THC actually contributed to the improvement of the patients motor skills.
8. Medicinal marijuana can heal many diseases
With ongoing studies, we will only learn more about the benefits of cannabis and the specific diseases that it can help treat. For example, we’ve learned that marijuana can help with motor skills in Parkinson’s patients, but perhaps it can improve motor skills all around, or in patients suffering from other diseases. With thousands of cannabis strains on the market, it’s likely that one exists to help control whatever it is that you’re looking to treat!