Medical marijuana has gained an impressive media profile of late – the news of the herb being a treatment for rare epilepsies (particularly in children) has helped significantly in taking MMJ main stream. But with cannabis having so many effects in all kinds of areas, it remains unknown as a treatment for many ailments. In this article, we’ll investigate six conditions where medical marijuana (and in some cases the CBD compound specifically) is touted as being beneficial.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
One of the deadliest diseases in recent generations, AIDS was once untreatable. While in some countries this remains the case, most countries now have sufficient treatment for the debilitating syndrome – although we doubt many are using marijuana! However, a recent study revealed that marijuana and cannabis-based products are being effectively used by AIDS patients to treat their symptoms. How exactly is marijuana helpful? Anecdotal reports suggest the herb can alleviate anxiety and depression caused by the condition, but also manage pain and boost appetite.
Mad Cow Disease
A 2007 study out of France suggested that CBD products could help to slow down or prevent a human variant of mad cow disease, commonly known as Cretuzfeldt-Jakob disesase (vCJD). CBD stifles the development of prions, infectious protein particles that cause potentially life-threatening neurodegenerative diseases. If comprehensively proven that CBD stops prions, the cannabinoid would likely be used in any future anti-prion drug.
Research out of Israel and Spain is indicating that marijuana may have neuroprotective properties, thanks to the cannabinoid-like compounds present in the brain. When the brain has a lack of these compounds, neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s can result in the long-term. By making up for this deficiency and inhibiting the spread of microglia cells which damage the brain’s neurons, marijuana could potentially slow the onset of Alzheimer’s, as an anti-inflammatory. Furthermore, a 2005 Canadian study showed synthetic cannabis compounds encouraged the growth of new brain cells.
Multiple Sclerosis patients have been using CBD to manage their symptoms for a while, and despite not being officially recognized as a treatment for the condition, anecdotal reports of CBD’s effectiveness are very encouraging. CBD’s antispasmodic qualities help prevent the tightening and stiffening of muscles, and even the loss of control over them that MS patients regularly experience.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Cannabis is even being touted as medication for urinary tract infections (UTIs). A recent story told of a patient who used marijuana after other medication failed, and found it effective at treating symptoms time after time.
Tourette Syndrome (TS)
Preliminary research indicates that marijuana may help Tourette Syndrome patients control their condition. A six-week study showed that regular marijuana use had no negative impacts on participants’ cognitive abilities, and showed an array of positive results when it came to managing TS.