Although medical research on cannabis has been limited in the past, a number of studies have recently come to light about its benefit on certain types of medical conditions.
This information can offer another option for individuals who experience significant symptoms from these diseases and who do not receive relief through conventional medications.
Here are 3 health problems that research indicates can be helped with medical cannabis.
Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder that causes recurring seizures. A seizure is an uncontrolled disturbance in the electrical activity in the brain. During a seizure an individual may experience shaking, trembling, difficulty swallowing, falling, or even convulsions.
Some individuals have small seizures, but others may have severe seizure activity that is frequent and debilitating. Medications are available to control epileptic seizures, but these do not always work well or may have severe side effects.
Cannabis has been found to reduce seizure activity in patients and may better be tolerated than anti-convulsive medications for some individuals.
Muscle Spasms Associated with Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a disorder of the immune system that attacks the myelin, which covers nerve fibers in the body.
The disease can cause fatigue, numbness, tingling, difficulty with movement, vision problems, diminished bowel and bladder control, and muscle spasms.
Studies have shown that subjects who use cannabis have a reduced incidence of muscle spasms and better mobility.
Because some of the standard medications used for multiple sclerosis cause significant side effects, cannabis offers a valuable option for the treatment of spasms and mobility issues.
Cancer Pain & Nausea
Cancer, the abnormal growth of cells in the body, is generally treated with radiation and chemotherapy.
These treatments can cause nausea and vomiting, as well as lead to a diminished appetite. Research has found that cannabis can help to control nausea symptoms and can also improve appetite and eating for these patients.
Cancer can also cause pain, and the use of cannabis can help to make these patients more comfortable, without the troublesome side effects of the commonly used opioid medications.
These three areas are just a few of the many ways cannabis is helping patients today to manage their illnesses and live more effectively in daily life.
Scientific research is beginning to provide additional information about the components of cannabis and how they can be used for medical purposes.
This new evidence will lead to a variety of uses for cannabis that will help patients who must deal with serious health issues.