Medical cannibis is helping people in all areas of their lives. It’s common to have preconceived notions about the drug, and it’s certainly understandable when you consider the negative stigma that has been attached to it for decades.
But once you get past that stigma—and see how medical marijuana can help or even save lives—it becomes clear that there is no place for stereotypes when it comes to this plant.
It can be used for a lot more than pain.
While many people are aware of the medicinal value cannabis has in treating chronic pain, it may surprise some to learn that it can also be used as a treatment for other conditions.
Cancer: Medical cannabis is not only being used as a palliative treatment but also as an anti-cancer agent. Studies have indicated that cannabinoids can induce programmed cell death in tumor and cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
Epilepsy: Research suggests that cannabidiol (CBD), one of the more than 100 cannabinoids found in marijuana plants, could be an effective treatment for certain types of pediatric epilepsy.
Glaucoma: In addition to relieving pain associated with glaucoma’s symptoms, researchers have found promise in using medical cannabis to treat this disease itself.
One study found that the administration of a cannabinoid receptor agonist reduced intraocular pressure in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma. It’s important to note that this is only one small study, and more research needs to be done before any conclusions can be drawn about marijuana’s ability to treat glaucoma.
Seizures: Medical cannabis has been used in the treatment of seizures for thousands of years. A recent study found that CBD may be able to help people with rare forms of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Multiple Sclerosis: In an animal model, researchers have found that cannabinoids may slow the progression of MS by reducing inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.
You’ll need a prescription from a doctor.
It may seem a little counterintuitive, but you’ll need a prescription from a doctor in order to get medical cannibis. In order for patients to be able to receive medical cannibis legally, they must go through a process where their condition is evaluated by one of these doctors who will then decide if they can prescribe them with it or not.
Your doctor will evaluate your symptoms and decide whether or not medical cannibis is right for you based on what kind of condition you have and how severe it is.
If they think that this type of treatment would benefit your health in some way (and most likely make it better), then he/she will sign off on writing up his/her own recommendation letter which allows him/herself as well as other health care providers within their office (such as nurses) access into issuing prescriptions for their patients who suffer from chronic pain disorders.
Medical cannibis is already legal in some states and has a lot of potential to help people. While it’s still a controversial topic, medical cannabis can be used for more than just pain relief. It could also help with many other conditions as well!