Cannabis has been raved worldwide for its medicinal properties when it comes to TREATING or alleviating chronic illnesses but can Medical Marijuana help PREVENT illness?
Wouldn’t it be great to have a natural method of preventing certain illnesses
you may be subject to?
Let’s talk about what preventative medicine means, basically preventive medicine consists of measures taken for disease prevention, as opposed to disease treatment.
What Do Doctors Think About Cannabis as Preventive Medicine?
Cannabis is wonderful for preventative medicine when you ask those who use it, but what do experts think?
Neuroscientist Dr. Michelle Ross has stated her belief that everyone can benefit from what she calls ‘vitamin weed’, or daily cannabis use.
“Cannabis is the key to unlocking preventative medicine,” says Dr. Ross. “It helps protect your DNA from damage so it can actually slow down the aging process. I think everyone should use cannabis oil, you should learn about it, you shouldn’t be afraid.
Endocannabinoids are part of the human/brain chemistry and play a vital role in overall health, they aid in.
How did Dr. Ross come to this conclusion?
Dr. Ross, herself takes cannabis every day to achieve endocannabinoid homeostasis.
- Anxiety control,
- Emotional control,
- Blood pressure and
- Motor coordination,
… JUST to name a few. In fact, depletion of cannabinoids levels may be the root cause for numerous health issues.
So HOW Can Medical Marijuana help Prevent Illness?
Cannabis to Help Preserve the Mind
A study titled The influence of cannabinoids on generic traits of neurodegeneration which appeared in the March 2014 British Journal of Pharmacology found that daily use of cannabis likely prevents Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
How this happens is the cannabinoids dampen inflammation, protect cells from oxidative damage, and promote cell health on a number of levels. You can read more about it here.
The studies also found cannabis to be likely to prevent Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases as well.
Marijuana for Seizures and Epilepsy
Despite popular belief, there have been a few studies regarding how cannabis affects people who suffer from epilepsy or seizure, findings suggest that
A study which appeared in The Royal Society Journal in 2012 shows that marijuana can act as an anticonvulsant.
The University of Colorado did a study which revealed that 47 percent of patients whose families had moved to Colorado for cannabis-based epilepsy treatment reported improvement, compared with 22 percent in people who already lived there.
One of the most well-documented cases of cannabis for treatment of seizures is with a young girl named Charlotte.
Cannabis May Aid Chronic Pain
Cannabis has been raved by users for years of its effects in relieving chronic pain and the researchers at the Department of Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry, and Psychotherapy, Hannover Medical School have conducted a study where they concluded: “Cannabinoids are particularly effective against (chronic) neuropathic pain and pain in MS.”
Cannabis and Cancer
There are many studies and current trials which have shown promising results for cannabis as a potential cure for cancer in a number of cases.
Since the body naturally has cancer cell present at all times using cannabis could be a preventative medicine by making sure your natural killer cells destroy some of the cancer cell levels leaving your body at normal healthy levels.
There are a lot of studies supporting Cannabis as a preventive method for these cancers:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
A study titled “Cannabis prevents the negative behavioral and physiological effects of a traumatic event and of its reminders” was able to prevent test subjects from developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by treating them with the active compounds in marijuana, or cannabinoids.
Dr. Sue Sisley who prescribes cannabinoid for PTSD in Arizona state’s
“PTSD is such a complex syndrome. It’s not just flashbacks and nightmares. It’s also depression and anxiety and increased startle response and this whole array of symptoms that are not easily managed with one or two medications. The truth is that marijuana can treat the whole spectrum of PTSD symptoms with this one medication”
With the current studies on medical cannabinoids and more constantly taking place, society can now breath easy when it comes to their healthcare.
Hopefully, with more studies and tests we will see a wider understanding of how Medical Marijuana help Prevent Illness and soon more access to it for that very purpose.
A future where medicine doesn’t only come from a pill or with a long list of scary side effects is now becoming achievable thanks to the glorious medicinal properties that cannabis has to offer.