Medical Cannabis as an Alternative Medicine

Medical Cannabis as an Alternative Medicine

With the legalization of MMJ (medical cannabis) being such a dominant topic of discussion lately, it’s difficult to know what is science and what is politics. The vital scientific research intended for those seeking an alternative to Big Pharma is often overlooked by the media. Whether you are an advocate for legalizing MMJ or you are on the fence about its use, it’s still important to know how MMJ acts and effects patients with certain medical conditions.  This post will discuss some of the more well-known medical conditions that MMJ has helped alleviate symptoms for.

Chronic Pain

Using MMJ for medical conditions that involve chronic pain is proving to help alleviate the pain for some patients.  For people who experience daily and extreme chronic pain, MMJ helps them to function throughout their day without popping pills and using synthetic chemicals.  The use of MMJ for pain has been especially emphasized in cancer patients and people who suffer from arthritis.  However, the problem with MMJ’s use for chronic pain is that eventually patients start to become immune to the drug, so the dosage must be upped.  The issue with upping the dosage is that it can make a person feel sedated and lethargic, but they will still experience significant relief.  More and more tests are being conducted on medical cannabis’ use in response to chronic pain. Eventually, MMJ may become a household remedy to alleviate chronic pain.

Anxiety Disorders

A growing body of medical cannabis research lies within cannabidiol (CBD).  THC, another chemical in cannabis has been linked to causing anxiety and paranoia in patients.  However, CBD has proven to be a non-psychoactive chemical in cannabis that offers a wide range of therapeutic benefits.  With this knowledge, doctors and scientists have found ways to decrease the THC chemical in MMJ and increase its CBD levels.  With the effects of THC minimized, patients suffering from anxiety, social stress, and PTSD can use the drug and cope with their disorders without unwanted side effects.  CBD also helps to work the body’s natural compounds to create a relaxing reverse effect of the brain.  This gives patients with anxiety disorders a type of therapy unlike synthetic, lab-created chemicals.

Seizures

The use of medical cannabis to help people with seizures has been a long-standing theory. However, doctors and scientists have really only just begun to discover how the use of MMJ effects people with seizure disorders, like epilepsy.  Just like anxiety disorder, the chemical of CBD seems to be an important component when it comes to seizures as well.  With seizures being triggered in the brain, CBD helps to relax the brain and give therapeutic effects.  In some cases, the brains response is immediate to the CBD and can stop a seizure in its tracks.  But research for this kind of MMJ use is still underway, and while some cases it works better than any other drug, in other cases it does not.

 

The main reason MMJ continues to be demonized for the treatment of chronic disorders is simple – there is a lack of scientific research.  Just like any other drug, scientists and doctors need to see all kinds of scenarios to make sure that the use of MMJ does not create negative symptoms for patients.  With more knowledge and research on the effects of the drug the more doctors will be able to utilize the specific chemicals found in MMJ and target them towards certain medical conditions.

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