Cannabis vs. Illness
For over 3,500 years, various strains of cannabis (medical marijuana) have been among the most widely used medicinal plants. Medical uses of cannabis include conjunctive treatments for physical and mental illnesses. Symptoms of numerous illnesses can be controlled, bringing effective relief and significantly improving the quality of life and functionality of the patient. Cannabis is also a stress reducer, expectorant, and topical antibiotic. lt can be a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceuticals such as Demerol, Valium and Morphine. Cannabis has no drug effect. It is a nut-like fruit that contains eight proteins in excellent nutritional balance plus essential fatty acids that bolster the immune system.
Cannabis, when ingested safely, is one of the most useful medicines for a range of conditions:
AIDS/HIV – Cannabis greatly benefits those affected by a compromised immune system. lt is a smooth muscle relaxant. lt stops nausea, stimulates the appetite, helps hot flashes and enables folks to eat and maintain their normal body weights.
Atherosclerosis and Strokes – lngested, Cannabis protects against heart attacks, Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Anorexia – Cannabis dehydrates the mouth, stimulates appetite and enhances flavors and tastes.
Arthritis – Cannabis soothes joints, has an analgesic effect, reduces pain, is an anti-inflammatory, and improves mobility.
Cancer – Cannabis reduces the gut wrenching nausea caused by chemotherapy, while it stimulates the appetite to help patients eat and combat excessive weight loss. lt reduces pain and helps patients sleep and rest. Often it raises the patient’s spirits and mood, improving their will to live and chance to recovery. Cannabis also relieves leg cramps, headaches, chronic fatigue and pain.
Chronic Pain – Cannabis blocks pain pathways in the central nervous system. Severe chronic pain is commonly treated with opiate narcotics – codeine, morphine, and oxycodone. The opiates are addictive and may become less effective as patients develop a tolerance to them. Cannabis relieves pain associated with nerve damage and inflammation. Cannabis may also provide relief for injured tissues, specifically by alleviating inflammation around damaged nerves. Cannabis is distinctly effective for neuritis and neuropathy – pain caused by inflamed or damaged nerves.
Epilepsy and Seizures – Cannabis can calm down overactive nerves, alleviating seizures. Relaxes muscles, reduces muscle cramps, convulsion and spasms. However, epileptics who are interested in trying cannabis should be careful about oral THC.
Gastrointestinal Disorders – Cannabis stimulates appetite, settles the gastrointestinal tract, calms stomach and relaxes the colon. Patients report relief from symptoms such as pain, cramping, inflammation, diarrhea and weight loss.
Glaucoma – Cannabis reduces pressure in the eye caused by ocular fluid buildup by reddening and dehydrating the eye. Regular usage can halt painful progressive vision loss and stop acute attack.
Hepatitis C – Cannabis improves the effectiveness of Hepatitis C therapy. Patients are usually taking drugs with severe side effects including nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue and depression. Cannabis helped by improving appetite, reducing depression, and helping patients to better tolerate the treatment.
Migraines – Cannabis helps reduce light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting and pain, and can be consumed regularly to prevent attacks from occurring.
Multiple Sclerosis – Cannabinoids help many patients with Multiple Sclerosis to remain tremor and convulsion free with no toxicity, behavioral impairment or tolerance.
Severe and Chronic Pain – Cannabis has a major analgesic (pain lowering) effect. Not all pain responds to cannabinoids. Cannabis has synergistic effects with opiates and other drugs, so pain patients can reduce their dosage of prescription drugs that have adverse side effects.
Now that you know a little bit more about medical cannabis it is time to get your card.