Marijuana is a very controversial topic. There are a lot of people who are heavily against it, but the truth is that there are many benefits that come with it. This is likely why it has been legalized in many states and will probably continue to be legalized in many more. Many people now see how many benefits come with using marijuana in certain ways, particularly for medical problems for which it can provide significant relief. Many people are interested in learning more about marijuana for this reason.
If you do not know a lot about marijuana, might have some questions that you want answered. For example, you might wonder, where can I find an affordable marijuana dispensary near me? Is it legal for me to use cannabis for medical purposes? What types of cannabis herbal medicine are out there? How does marijuana affect the human body? How is medical marijuana administered? It would be good to talk to someone who has a lot of experience with marijuana, such as someone who works in a marijuana dispensary. This individual will likely be able to answer your questions and point you in the direction of someone who can give you more information if you need it.
Have you ever considered getting a prescription for medical marijuana? Despite being far safer than most drugs (particularly pain management medications) that typical family practice doctors prescribe to patients, with lower chances of secondary health and life style complications (such as addiction or overdose), many doctors are hesitant to prescribe medical marijuana and many patients are hesitant to take them. This is a result of a decades-old social stigma that associates medical marijuana with “stoners.”
It is unfortunate that the stigma exists, because medical marijuana doctors are able to provide treatments for many health conditions and complications with fewer complications than conventional medical treatments. In fact, some of the treatments that legal medical marijuana is capable of is downright earth-moving. If you still think that medical marijuana is just for people who want an excuse to do drugs legally, you should consider some of the incredible treatments that marijuana is useful for:
Four Surprising Medical Treatments Provided By Marijuana
- ADHD and Insomnia
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and insomnia are not the same thing but the symptoms have a similar appearance. Both disorders cause the brain to go into hyper speed, preventing the patient from being able to think clearly and from getting any rest. In fact, many people who suffer from one disorder often suffer from both. Insomnia is actually a symptom of ADHD. There are medications that help slow down the messages the brain shoots around so the patient can get some rest, or focus on a single idea, however, these medications have dangerous side effects, such as physical addiction, loss of appetite, and even death.
On the other hand, medical marijuana is a completely natural treatment for ADHD and insomnia that simply calms the brain and allows the patient to process a single thought completely before moving on to the next. This also helps the patient turn their brain off when it is time to sleep and get some rest. Unlike conventional medications for these disorders, marijuana is not addictive.
- ADHD and Insomnia
We want to preface this statement by saying the connection between marijuana and the slowing of cancer growth is largely unstudied. We aren’t marijuana sales people and have no reason to trick you. The key to changing the stigma associated with marijuana is gaining the faith of good people like you; that will only come through transparency. In the spirit of transparency, this is more of a theory than fact. But given that cancer is the second most common cause of death among American adults, the possibilities merit further consideration.
A study conducted in 2007 showed that when a cancer patient was treated with marijuana, the gene that most commonly causes the cancer cells to reproduce and spread stops being produced. This causes the cancer to stop spreading. While the treatment is meant to be used in conjunction with radiation to remove the cancer, some doctors even suggest that marijuana might be effective in actually killing cancer cells themselves.
- Lung Disease
The connection between marijuana and lung disease was actually uncovered by happenstance. Researchers were comparing the cardiovascular impact of smoking marijuana for extended periods of time to the impact of smoking tobacco for extended period of time. Through the studies, one data point that was analyzed was the change in lung capacity of the marijuana smokers vs. that of the tobacco smokers. Not surprisingly, after twenty years of smoking cigarettes, the tobacco smokers had a far diminished lung capacity. On the other hand, marijuana smokers actually had an improved lung capacity after twenty years of use! It could be that marijuana benefits the lungs and repairs lung tissue, or it could be that the habitual practice of taking deep breaths (while inhaling marijuana) and then exhaling is therapeutic for the lungs. Either way, this subject merits further research.
- Lung Disease
Epilepsy causes a patient to regularly have seizures that impacts their behavior in a variety of ways. Patients might convulse, freeze up, or lose consciousness during a seizure. The impact of epileptic seizures has even caused death. Patients who have severe epilepsy that triggers constant seizures have found incredible relief from their seizures with the use of marijuana, even better relief than other conventional medications.
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