Cannabis is now widely discussed in the medical community, with more and more revered doctors encouraging patients to use it. CBD and THC, the most popular compounds of the cannabis plant, appear to have succeeded where technology failed. As many researchers continue to unveil the therapeutic properties of marijuana, we are witnesses to a myriad of benefits from which medical cannabis patients may draw.
Amongst many of health conditions in which marijuana proves invaluable, such as cancer, HIV, and epilepsy, there are also some instances where you wouldn’t even think of considering the herb a potential cure. Today, I’m going to introduce you to 4 known medical uses of cannabis.
This is why medical cannabis products are so much desired by patients who have been failed by traditional treatment methods. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), there are recent studies on cannabis indicating that it can and has destroyed cancer cells.
Cannabinoids are capable of inhibiting tumor growth by blocking the growth of cancer cells and the development of blood vessels necessary for the tumor to grow. As one of the experimental studies on animals showed that while cannabinoids kill cancer cells, it may protect normal cells, so marijuana treatments have a chance to become a natural alternative to chemotherapy, a remnant of nuclear experiments.
Because cannabis is a potent anti-inflammatory, it can protect your body against inflammation of the colon, thanks to which the risk of colon cancer is reduced significantly.
While THC destroys and inhibits the growth of cancer cells, a laboratory study of cannabidiol showed that CBD may help patients deal with the side effects of chemotherapy. It reduces nausea and works as a natural painkiller, but most importantly, it takes part in the neurogenesis process, supporting the growth of normal cells.
Although the study was preclinical, researchers found that very small amounts of THC can inhibit the production of beta-amyloid proteins that are the most important contributors to the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. If that wasn’t enough, the study was only one of many other studies that found THC to be effective in treating the condition.
Another study conducted by the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA, has also shown that THC and other constituents of cannabis are responsible for reducing the amount of beta amyloid created in the brain.
This neurodegenerative disease results from inflammation within the brain, which is the major cause of the damage connected to Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists assumed that such inflammatory response is coming from cells in the immune systems. To their surprise, it appeared that the inflammatory response comes from the nerve cells themselves. Because the human endocannabinoid system produces substances similar to THC, these compounds may protect the cells from dying.
Despite the fact that the above findings were conducted in a laboratory experiment and that the medical community will have to do further research on the relation between cannabis and Alzheimer’s disease, the preliminary results are, least to say, very promising.
Often misdiagnosed as a chronic pain condition, fibromyalgia is a serious and complex neurological disorder. Muscle pains are only the tip of the iceberg, as anyone suffering from fibromyalgia can tell you that the joint stiffness, insomnia, digestive issues, and chronic fatigue can make you feel devastated.
Although the cause of fibromyalgia is a commonly debated subject in the medical community, Dr. Ethan Russo, a well-recognized neurologist and pharmacologist who spent his entire career on studying cannabis and the human endocannabinoid system, raised a statement that fibromyalgia can be caused by Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency.
If the endocannabinoid system is still unclear to you, let me put it this way: it’s like the Internet of your body, namely a central device that facilitates the communication between your brain, immune cells, organs, nerves, and connective tissues. The Endocannabinoid System bolsters homeostasis by helping your body maintain a harmonious internal environment.
According to some types of research, the use of cannabis has beneficial effects on fibromyalgia symptoms. Despite 90% of patients being women, men reported greater pain relief. Unfortunately, there is still not enough evidence to openly recommend any cannabis-based treatments for rheumatic diseases. On the other hand, cannabis has been used throughout millenia as an inflammatory and a pain killer, so the common sense suggests that there is still hope for marijuana to officially become a cure for another complex disease.
Diabetic Nerve Pain
Speaking of fibromyalgia once again, it shares common symptoms with diabetic neuropathy. Both conditions are characterized by the unexpected and unexplainable pain, general fatigue, and the reduction of their quality of life.
In 2015, the University of California conducted a study on 16 patients who suffered from diabetic neuropathy. The result found that cannabis successfully reduces pain symptoms, as well as inflammatory reactions of the body.
Contrary to what some people believe, cannabis is incomparably less dangerous than popular pharmaceutical prescription drugs. Not only do they not damage the liver, but they also protect healthy cells from being affected by the disease. However, these cannabis-based pharmaceuticals may be challenging for your budget.
Fear not, as there are also good news on the other side of the river. Cannabis Science, Inc., a pharmaceutical research company whose aim is to create and manufacture inventive cannabis medicine, announced that their brand new transdermal patch is going to be a game changer in the fight with diabetic nerve pain. This new patch comes with an extraordinary approach for the particularly irritating and difficult condition. When you apply the product to your body, it will deliver a strong medicine through the skin and right into the bloodstream. Indeed, the necessity is the mother of all great inventions.
The world of contemporary medicine is yet to be amazed by the plethora of health benefits included in using cannabis. Although cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, fibromyalgia, and diabetic nerve pain are without a doubt among most serious diseases, more research must be conducted to fully embrace the healing potential of the herb.