I know this post may cause some controversy, but it's something that I feel needs to be addressed. As a person who has seen the benefits of medical marijuana, I believe that it should be legalized in all states. I do not condone it being used just for recreational purposes. The path to the legalization of medical marijuana has been a rocky one. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize the use of cannabis for medical reasons. As of February 2017, there were 28 states with some form of medical marijuana. According to one researcher, there are over 700 uses for medical marijuana in the treatment of various diseases.
Diseases Medical Marijuana Helps
AIDS: AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Disorder is listed in many states as a viable medical condition that qualifies a patient for medical cannabis. There are many uses for medical marijuana with AIDS patients, including for nausea, mood elevation and pain management. One study even showed marijuana to be an inhibitor of the virus cell multiplication and progression.
Cancer: Anyone who has had cancer or has a friend of the relative with Cancer, is familiar with the side effects of both chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Nausea and loss of appetite are two problems that reduce a patient's ability to fight cancer due to a lack of proper nutrition. Medical marijuana has been proven to help with nausea and help increase appetite. Also, it helps with pain caused by cancer or treatments.
Crohn's Disease: This digestive disease wreaks havoc on a patient's intestinal tract. Many states approve the use of pot for the treatment of Crohn's Disease, and patients report benefits with nausea, pain control, and fatigue. It has also been shown to decrease intestinal inflammation that is a common result of the disease.
Depression: As many as 35 percents of the American population will experience long-term depression at some point in their life. It’s has been shown that smoking or vaping marijuana, results in a reduction of depression in affected patients. A dysregulation of brain Serotonin production and usage is one of the leading causes of clinical depression, and medical marijuana acts directly on brain serotonin.
Glaucoma: This eye disease results in increased internal eye pressure, which then damages the optic nerves resulting in vision loss. Studies dating to the 1970s show that medical marijuana possibly reduces the intraocular pressure, thus lessening damage to the optic nerves. However, the results are temporary so patients must continue using cannabis at regular intervals to be decided on by their doctor.
Muscle Spasms: Muscle spasms are the result of various illnesses and disease processes, including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and ALS. One of the most obvious benefits of medical marijuana is the decrease of muscle spasms after consuming it. The patient also reports less rigidity of their muscles and a reduction in pain.
PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is often seen in trauma victims or those returning from war. People living with PTSD report depression, anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares. Medical marijuana treats all of these issues, resulting in less depression and anxiety. Patients state they experience fewer flashbacks and nightmares. Also, they report better and more restful sleep.
Seizure Disorders: One of the first researched promising areas of medical marijuana benefit was shown to be in controlling seizure disorders. Whether from epilepsy or some other underlying disease, seizures often leave patient incapacitated. Pot has been shown to reduce seizure episodes in patients that use it.
Vaping as a Means of Medical Marijuana Delivery
Smoking and pill form are not the only means of using medical marijuana. Vaping is proving to be an attractive and efficient means of using pot for medicinal use. Using a vaporizer for consuming dry herb delivers a better concentration of the active ingredients in a pot.
A recent study showed that up to 46 percent of available THC is delivered via vaping, versus merely 25 percent with smoking. Also, there is less odor and those around the smoker, aren't subjected to the medical marijuana's effects. In the long run, this delivery method also saves money. Some reports state that the same amount of vaporizer medical marijuana last twice as long as traditional methods of delivery.
This is not an exhaustive list of conditions that medical marijuana is used to treat. As states continue to pass medicinal marijuana legalization laws, the applications for and requirements related to its use will continue to change. For your state's medical conditions cannabis can be applied for, contact your medical professional or state's Department of Health.