There are a variety of recognized as well as anecdotal medical applications that marijuana is used for. The primary medical treatments at the moment focus on the known effects of marijuana which relate to its influence on appetite and its calming effects. However, there are other emergent medical applications as well. The recognized and emergent medical applications of marijuana are detailed below:
* Relief from nausea and appetite stimulation: Marijuana is widely prescribed in those states that have legalized it to treat the nausea and vomiting that is commonly associated with chemo treatment in cancer patients. Likewise, marijuana is also commonly prescribed for AIDS patients in order to stimulate appetite as well as to ease nausea associated with some treatment therapies.
* Easing of pain caused by muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis and similar nerve-related diseases: Marijuana works to ease the severity of the muscle contractions themselves while also providing some pain relief by binding to certain nerve receptors in the muscles.
* Provide relief from the effects of glaucoma: Marijuana has been proven to lower the measured intraocular pressure within the eye in both normal individuals as well as those diagnosed with glaucoma. This, in turn, works to prevent potential blindness and to slow the progress of the disease over time.
* Prevention of certain types of seizures including epileptic seizures: Marijuana has been proven to exert some control over epileptic seizures in some patients. This is because THC binds to receptors in certain brain cells that are involved with muscle regulation and movement.
* Treatment of certain inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease: Marijuana contains THC and other cannabinoids such as cannabidiol which work sympathetically with intestinal tissue to improve how the gut functions and to alleviate the permeability that is caused by inflammation. Patients diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory bowel diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis are known to actually have a higher concentration of certain cannabinoid receptors within the colon than those who do not have any type of inflammatory bowel disease.
* Emergent applications for Parkinson’s disease, PTSD and even stroke victims: Marijuana is being found to have a profound ameliorative effect on the muscular tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease and also has been found to calm some of the anxiety in those patients suffering from PTSD. Likewise, marijuana is believed to offer some protections from further brain damage in patients that have experienced a stroke or even a concussion. These emergent medical applications associated with medical marijuana are not fully explored yet or fully proven but they are gaining acceptance.
These and other medical applications for marijuana are rapidly changing the way that the general public views marijuana. No longer completely seen as a recreational drug for the rebellious teen or irresponsible adult, marijuana is now being recognized for its unique medical properties across a wide range of diseases.