While marijuana has been used for centuries as a treatment therapy in ancient medicine, its healing benefits for modern-day ailments have only recently come into limelight. Today, millions of people use medical cannabis for alleviating symptoms of mild to chronic diseases, including a migraine, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s.
While some medical uses of cannabis are well known and documented by thousands of studies, others are not as popular. Here is a list of seven lesser-known benefits of medical marijuana.
Treatment of Glaucoma
Studies have shown that taking medical cannabis can help patients of glaucoma, an eye disease that causes blindness by exerting excess pressure on the eyeball and damaging the optic nerve. Taking marijuana is linked to reduced pressure on the eyeball, thus potentially preventing loss of vision.
Management of Chemotherapy Side Effects
It has been found that marijuana can help control the severity of side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.
Moreover, cancer survivors have found that marijuana, as well as FDA-approved cannabinoid-based medication, is extremely helpful in easing the debilitating pain associated with chemotherapy.
The University of Nottingham, UK, carried out extensive research on animals to study the potential of marijuana in protecting the brain from damage caused by a stroke.
The researchers found that using marijuana may safeguard the brain after a stroke by shrinking the size of the area that the stroke affected.
Treatment of Anxiety
Researchers have found that marijuana can reduce anxiety. Ina 2010 study at Harvard, it was found that smoking cannabis in low doses alleviated the users’ mood by decreasing anxiety and also had the effect of a mild sedative.
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Reducing Serious Nightmares
Marijuana is known to be helpful for the treatment of PTSD symptoms, including anxiety, fear and nightmares. The herb has been shown to reduce the occurrence of nightmares by interrupting REM (rapid eye movement)sleep.
As a result, this herb has been approved for the treatment of PTSD in several parts of the US.
Management of Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks and damages healthy tissues and organs. Marijuana has been found to be helpful in managing the symptoms of lupus—which include pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints, facial rash,fatigue, headaches and more—by rendering a calming effect on the patient’s immune system.
Control the Side Effects of Hep C Treatment
Treatment of Hepatitis C has the number of unwanted and severe side effects, such as muscle pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea and even depression. Studies have shown that smoking marijuana reduced such symptoms in patients being treated for Hep C, which helped them complete their treatment.