People have used marijuana as a medicine since ancient times and now more research has recently been showing marijuana to be a helpful form of treatment for many diverse and rare conditions. Some of the rare conditions are as follows. Trigeminal neuralgia, vestibular schwannoma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Crohn’s disease. And some of the more common treatments include. Pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, nausea and certain forms of cancer. This is far from an exhaustive list, there are many more conditions that marijuana can potentially help treat.
The anecdotal and mechanistic data concerning marijuana having medical qualities are substantial and very compelling. Scientists and researchers are doing great work to help us understand the connections between marijuana and human physiology. Medical marijuana can be a safer option with much milder side effects compared to many pharmaceuticals and the list of known potential benefits is long and impressive. Trigeminal neuralgia is a rare neurological condition with few treatments that currently exist.
In a recent study of 42 patients, 81 percent showed improvements in their symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia by using medical marijuana. It is believed that cannabinoids might help with pain modulation by inhibiting neuronal transmission through pain pathways. Vestibular schwannomas are rare and slow-growing tumors that develop in both ears.
Medical marijuana can slow the development of both cancer and tumors have been shown to shrink tumors in size and aid in pain relief. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain.
Preclinical data suggests marijuana has powerful neuroprotective effects and can help manage many of the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Muscular dystrophy covers over 30 inherited disorders which involve muscle wasting and weakness. A recent study showed that medical marijuana helped reduce pain by 27 percent in muscular dystrophy patients while not affecting blood-levels significantly in relation to prescription drugs.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with the intestines, especially regarding the colon and ileum. New research involving 46 individuals showed that cannabis oil significantly reduced symptoms of Crohn’s disease compared to the placebo group. The results were that 65 percent of cannabis oil users had “strict criteria for clinical remission”, and the group also reported meaningful improvements in life quality. Marijuana has been shown over and over again to be a helpful plant for many people dealing with various kinds of issues and in time we will probably discover that the number of ailments it can help treat will only grow. It will likely be promising to see where the research leads and how many different ways this plant will continue to help people.