Medical marijuana is a term that denotes the use of essential marijuana extracts or the whole plant to treat a symptom or disease. Marijuana plant has not been recognized or approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Scientists have studied the medical marijuana uses. And the plant has been found to contain chemicals that may help to treat a variety of symptoms and illness.
Currently, researchers have identified at least two active chemicals in marijuana that contain medicinal application. The active compounds are THC and CBD. In contrast, the THC reduces nausea and increases appetite; also it provides pain relieving properties. On the other hand, the CBD does not affect the behavior or mind.
The medical marijuana uses include the treatment of Glaucoma, which is an eye disease that increases the pressure on the eyeball. Consequently, causing loss of vision and damaging the optic nerve. The plant relieves the internal pressure of the eye hence reducing, slowing or even stopping the pain.
Marijuana may improve lung health and help reverse the tobacco carcinogenic. The plant increases lung capacity, and it does not impair lung function. Moreover, another medical use of marijuana is for treating Multiple Sclerosis. The disease causes effects such as unsteadiness, tremors, spasticity, and muscle pain. The plant can be used to relieve the condition.
Furthermore, marijuana contains a chemical that stops the spread of cancer. Some studies suggest that the plant tends to slow down the development of a certain category of cancer. Besides, marijuana can be used to relieve discomfort from arthritis. It promotes sleep, reduces inflammation, and alleviates pain. Consequently, it helps relieve discomfort and pain for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Marijuana has also been shown to protect the brain after stroke. It reduces the size of the area the stroke has affected. Furthermore, the medical marijuana use includes the treatment of chronic pain. The plant helps alleviate the pain from various types of disorders and injuries. And it also treats inflammatory bowel disease. Therefore, patients with this kind of illness like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease could benefit from the use of marijuana.