Since the legalisation of medicinal cannabis in many parts of the world, business has been booming. And for good reason, because medicinal cannabis can have a great amount of positive impacts on people that suffer from various diseases and conditions. In this article we review how medicinal cannabis can help immensely when suffering from certain diseases.
When using medicinal cannabis with people that are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, it has been known that it can reduce the symptoms of this disease without a definitive cure. It can help with, among other things:
- Stimulating motor skills
- Preventing Delusions
- Weight control
- Increasing social involvement
- Controlling agitation, aggression and irritability
- Improvement of sleep patterns
Anecdotal evidence have shown that medicinal cannabis can help with the negative effects of arthritis and inflammatory pain. This does not only suggest that cannabis is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug, but various studies also show that THC, the primary compound in the marijuana plant, is many times more potent that pharmaceutical aspirin. The psychoactive effects of THC are usually well tolerated by most patients, especially when the body gets used to an extra dose of cannabis. Furthermore, THC has no known serious side effects that can be dangerous for your health. Meanwhile, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs are more and more associated with actual serious side effects, such as stomach ulcers.
You may find it surprising to hear that cannabis has been shown promise in the treatment of asthma. While you would think that smoking would have a detrimental effect on people with asthma, research is actually showing that inhaled cannabis acts a ‘bronchodilator’, reducing inflammation in restricted airways. Furthermore, other recent research suggests that cannabis compounds inhibit airway contractions in the lungs. This explains the effects o the so-called bronchodilator.