How Does Medical
Marijuana Help Me?
we know that millions of Americans still believe marijuana is a dangerous drug, a ‘gateway’ drug
that leads to addiction, misery, broken homes, etc, finally this myth is melting away.
is proving to be a very dynamic substance with a myriad of beneficial
it is very useful in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, migraine
headaches…the list is growing almost daily.
is rapidly proving to be an effective alternative to conventional drugs. From pain management to
asthma, marijuana is
a versatile drug and according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the following
diseases or symptoms can be legally
treated with medical marijuana if a state has legalized medical
Treatable with Medical Marijuana:
a type of dementia that
causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.
(marijuana can work on receptors in the brain to prevent
memory impairments in aging.)
an eating disorder characterized by refusal to maintain a healthy body weight.
(Cannabinoids -active agents -found in marijuana may
have minimal appetite stimulation effect in
cases of classic anorexia
a feeling of apprehension or fear, the source of which is not always known or
physical experience of smoking marijuana for people can cause a temporary reduction in anxiety
and symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder or
(acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the final stage of HIV disease, which causes
severe damage to the immune system.
(Smoked cannabis is well
tolerated (2007 study USF conducted) and effectively relieved chronic neuropathic pain from
HIV-associated sensory neuropathy. The findings are comparable to oral drugs used for chronic
neuropathic pain. Cannabinoid drug effects suggest that they are promising for treating
wasting syndrome in AIDS patients. Nausea, appetite
loss, pain, and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting
inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited
(Science has determined that the
THC component of cannabis is a very effective analgesic (pain killer), and that the CBD
(cannabidiol) component has unique immunomodulatory
a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled cell division leading to growth of
(Cannabis will relieve
symptoms and drug treatment side effects in cancer patients particularly in relieving nausea
and vomiting. Cannabinoids, particularly THC, have some potential to relieve pain and stimulate
an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), causing inflammation of the digestive tract
lining . This can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea and malnutrition.
(Beneficial effects are
reported for appetite, pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, activity, and depression. It is also
reported that cannabis use resulted in weight gain, fewer stools per day and fewer flare-ups of
less severity - Cannabis-using Crohn's patients not only report significant relief of their
symptoms, they are also able to reduce the amount of immunosuppressive medications that have
been a mainstay of conventional
a common mental disorder that presents with depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure,
feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor
using medical cannabis to relieve
symptoms of depression, have been able to reduce or eliminate the use of opiates and other pain
pills, Ritalin, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, anti-depressants and other psychiatric
a disorder that results from the surges in electrical signals inside the brain, causing
seizures are caused when bundles of nerve cells in the brain send the wrong signal and are
characterized by strange sensations and/or behavior at the time of ‘misfiring.’ Researchers
have found that some of the compounds contained in marijuana are effective at relieving these
seizures. Marijuana patients report reduction in headaches as well as reduction in seizures
when using cannabis instead of conventional
a constellation of symptoms that include widespread aching, stiffness, fatigue, and the
presence of specific body tender points.
marijuana has been shown to mitigate pain expressed in disease process's - The pain associated
with Fibromyalgia is typically not localized but is body
wide. Marijuana contains cannabinoids very similar to those that
occur in the body naturally, helping to stimulate natural pain killer's from the so-called
a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve usually caused by
raised pressure (IOP) within the eye.
(Cannabis lowers intraocular
pressures dramatically, with none of the serious side effects associated with standard
treatments. These typically have unpleasant and even dangerous side effects.)
a sexually transmitted disease that can also be spread by contact with infected blood, or from
mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breast-feeding. It can take years before HIV
weakens the immune system to the point that AIDS results.
to reduce and suppress nausea in HIV patients makes it the therapeutic 'drug of choice' for HIV
patients who are nauseated at the thought of -or as a result of taking- their anti-viral
medication; marijuana can help control that nausea, thus ensuring that all medications are
taken as scheduled.)
chronic inability to fall
asleep or to enjoy uninterrupted sleep.
strains of Medical Marijuana are popular for their sleep inducing characteristics. Many
insomnia patience report 8 hours of good, restful sleep from using Medical Marijuana as opposed
to the disoriented and not well rested - often lethargic - results from using standard sleep
severe recurring headache,
usually affecting only one side of the head, characterized by sharp pain and often
accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances.
(Many patients who suffer from migraines have found
that by using medical marijuana they are able to reduce and sometimes prevent the onset
of migraine headaches. Research shows that THC -the active agent in marijuana- inhibits
the release of their own serotonin thus reducing
a chronic autoimmune disorder affecting movement, sensation, and bodily functions. Caused by
destruction of the myelin insulation covering nerve fibers in the central nervous system (brain
and spinal cord).
anecdotal reports of cannabinoids' ability to reduce MS-related symptoms such as pain,
spasticity, depression, fatigue, and incontinence are plentiful in scientific
Research shows that Cannabis helps significantly in reducing spasticity and pain in patients with multiple
sclerosis and provides some benefit beyond currently prescribed
feeling of sickness in the stomach characterized by an urge to vomit.
and poor appetite are often side effects of cancer and other debilitating disease medical
interventions. This can exacerbate existing conditions and worsen a patients quality of
recovery and life. Cannabis stimulates appetite and suppresses pain making it a natural
remedy for the nausea
an unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of injury,
disease, or emotional disorders.
have now established that cannabinoids help lessen pain and affect a wide range of symptoms and
bodily functions. Research has also demonstrated that cannabinoids may work together with
opioids to enhance their effectiveness and reduce
PTSD : (post traumatic stress disorder) a mental health condition that’s
triggered by a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe
anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
(Although PTSD can result for a multitude of reasons, most typically we hear
of the military vet suffering from this disorder. Patience using
cannabis report a marked downturn in anxiety
and fear related bursts of
a constant and unwanted contraction of one or more muscle groups.
have found that cannabis reduces spasticity and an improves
mobility in MS patients treated with marijuana extracts.)