Medical benefits of cannabis



Research has shown that prescription drugs cause about 100,000 deaths in the world today every year. It has further shown that marijuana (cannabis) causes no death. This is quite surprising because most people believe that marijuana is lethal. On the contrary, cannabis is medically safe and beneficial to human health. It has been proven an effective treatment against about 200 medical conditions better than the prescription drugs. The benefits of using cannabis are more evident in the following conditions as discussed briefly below.

Epilepsy: The contents of natural cannabis have shown to be effective against spontaneous seizures in patients with epilepsy.

Multiple sclerosis: This condition affects the human muscles whereby they ache. Upon taking natural marijuana the legs and arm muscles become less painful. Though it has side effects upon consumption that is a feeling of fatigue and dizziness but this normal for most drugs.

Alzheimer’s disease: This condition leads to formation of Alzheimer’s plaques and protein clumps in the brain thereby inhibiting one’s memory and cognition. Cannabis contains an active ingredient THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which prevents an enzyme acetylcholinesterase. This enzyme speeds the formation of Alzheimer’s plaques.

Glaucoma: This among the leading causes of blindness in the world today. Cannabis reduces the pain and relieves the optic pressure that leads to optic nerve damage.

Arthritis: Medical cannabis does not treat this condition but only relieves the pain, reduces inflammation and also induces more sleep. This makes them feel better than before.

Depression: Research has shown that for people who consume cannabis occasionally or on a daily basis, have less or even no signs of depression and also fewer somatic complaints.

Anxiety: Studies show that cannabis treats anxiety much better than the prescription drugs.

Morning sickness: From the peer reviewed study it was found out that majority of women about 92% found cannabis most effective against morning disease relative to the prescription drugs.

Hepatitis C: This is a common problem among the Americans. It is reported that about 3million Americans contract this condition every year. Cannabis serves to improve the drug therapy effectiveness. Hepatitis C medication is usually characterised by severe side effects. The use of cannabis helps achieve a sustained virological response a level where there is no sign of any virus left in the body) which is usually key in the therapy.

Cancer, HIV/AIDS and Chemotherapy: The active ingredients in cannabis, the cannabinoids are effective for persons with cancer and HIV/ AIDS as they relieve vomiting and nausea and even promote appetite for these patients. It has been approved by the officials for use since it is said to have anti-bacterial features, it also inhibits the growth of tumours and also serves to enlarge the airways thereby easing the severity of asthmatic attacks.

With the above benefits of using cannabis, the question remains why not make it legal despite the many deaths resulting from the use of prescribed drugs. Cannabis is naturally growing and if legalised it will pose a threat to the pharmaceutical industry. People will sort for a cheaper treatment by using cannabis abandoning the prescribed drugs.