You do not have to look very hard for news stories about how the use of medical marijuana has helped to alleviate the symptoms of major illnesses. Just the other day, a new story started making the rounds on social media about a man with Parkinson’s that tried medical marijuana for the first time. The effect of the cannabis on his body was tremendous. The cannabis was able to almost completely stop the tremors that he was experienced on a constant basis and allow him to live a more normal life. Right now there is groundbreaking research taking place that is going to prove what many people already know: that medical cannabis can treat many medical conditions more effectively than other pharmaceuticals and will fewer negative side effects. Just a few of the many major illnesses that medical cannabis has been shown to treat include:
Cancer. Cancer in its many forms is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The risk of being diagnosed with cancer in a normal person’s lifetime is one in two for men and one in three for women. Think about that: as a man you have a 50% chance of getting (and possibly dying) of cancer! While the fatality rates for cancer will vary based on the type of cancer and how early it is detected, often the treatment methods for cancer are extremely hard on the body. Radiation and chemotherapy can be effective in fighting back against cancer cells, but this same treatment that fights back against cancer can also be devastating to the human body. Nausea and vomiting, lethargy, depression, sleeplessness, and hair loss are just a few of the many side effects of this treatment.
That is where medical marijuana has been revolutionary. Small amounts of marijuana can be smoked in order to help relieve symptoms of vomiting and nausea, which can help people eat and receive the much needed nutrition that is required to help them rebuild their strength after cancer treatment. People that use marijuana from a medical dispensary also reported having to use less prescription pain medication. The side effects of medical marijuana vs prescription pain pills are far fewer and people are less likely to develop a dependency on marijuana as opposed to morphine or Vicodin.
In addition to being an excellent way to relive the painful symptoms and side effects of cancer treatments, medical marijuana that has been tested in labs has also been shown to actually fight the cancer itself. THC and the other cannabinoids that are naturally present in cannabis can actually slow down the rate of growth in cancer cells, and in some cases it will actually kill the cancer cells.
There is still a lot that we do not know about how medical marijuana is able to accomplish all of this in the human body, but the anecdotal evidence has shown us that without a doubt that marijuana can help ease the pain of people that are fighting deadly diseases