Although medical use of cannabis is becoming an everyday encounter in modern medicine, the lack of large studies of its absolute risks and benefits prevents it from being more widely prescribed as a treatment for diseases but rather, it is being used as a medicine for relieving the symptoms. So, what are some of the medical uses of cannabis?
Cannabis is known for its pain relieving effects thanks to its active ingredient, cannabidiol (CBD). It activates the serotonin receptors, helping suppress pain perception, tricking the body. This is one of the reasons why patients battling with cancer were one of the first people to recognize the medical uses for cannabis. Other than that it is a known ally in helping with the side-effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and a loss of appetite, these benefits are attributed to the more popular, psychoactive chemical in cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). For its appetite boosting benefits, cannabis is also known to help with anorexia. Research studies also support the fact that repeated use of cannabis is an aid in lowering heart rate and maintaining blood pressure. Other than blood pressure, cannabis is used to treat and prevent glaucoma and decrease the pressure in the eye.
Its soothing effects are also known to benefit patients suffering from epileptic seizures and relieving the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses related to the nervous system. When it comes to mental issues, cannabis is already being prescribed to help with PTSD as it helps regulate the system that causes fear and anxiety.
As the liberal approach to medical cannabis continues to grow and scientists are able to gather more data on the subject, it is a highly likely story that over time more medical uses for cannabis will become apparent and its usage will be strongly integrated into the medical system of the modern world.