Marijuana and Its Medicinal Benefits

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Within the past decade, the United States has made leaps and bounds with the introduction of legislation that legalizes medicinal marijuana. While not every state has ruled in favor, there’s certainly been a case made of the need for pot to treat a variety of conditions ranging from PTSD to anxiety to cancer. The benefits are undeniable as those struggling with both mental and physical pain are finally finding a healthy and more natural way of coping with their problems, and yet many still suggest better alternatives are available. As medical professionals across the United States back medical claims, there is still much resistance in many states to legalize medicinal marijuana.

Some of the more widely-known cases that have found success with medical marijuana treatment include glaucoma, which effects roughly 3 million Americans. For those suffering from glaucoma, increased pressure in the eyeball causes damage to the optic nerve which could result in a loss of vision. Medical journals and studies have shown that marijuana usage actively works to decrease the pressure inside of the eye, which ultimately would slow the progression of the disease and ideally prevent blindness.

In the case of epilepsy, studies on epileptic rats done at the Virginia Commonwealth University showed that rats received solace from seizures for up to 10 hours after receiving a marijuana extract.

Some of the lesser discussed topics of medical marijuana benefits include a study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association claiming that marijuana inhalation does not result in lung impairment and in certain cases has been shown to increase lung capacity. After monitoring lung function in over 5,000 young adults over the course of 20 years, pot users experienced an increase in lung function compared to their tobacco counterparts. There is a possibility that the change in lung capacity could have come as a result of deeper breaths while inhaling smoke and not from an actual component of the strain, but ultimately the results are hard to ignore.

The California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco released reports in 2007 claiming that cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, in addition to therapeutic effects in cancer treatment, stops cancer mutations by turning off the Id-1 gene. After examining breast cancer cells that had higher levels of Id-1 that had been treated with a CBD extract, researchers found decreased levels of the gene and also a decreased level of aggressiveness amongst the spreaders.

Possibly one of the most important benefits, as we live in a predominantly military city, is the treatment of PTSD in our veterans as they come home from war. PTSD has become one of the top reasons to seek medical marijuana treatment, as many of the naturally occurring cannabinoids help to relieve the sense of fear and anxiety in your body. By aiding in the relief of fear or trauma from any sort of situation from the past, patients will be able to find comfort knowing that their stressors will be relieved.

The state of marijuana in the country is far from secure, yet one thing is certain: love it or hate it, there are some medical benefits––in specific cases––in the use of marijuana.

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