Prescription marijuana has been beneficial in the prevention and treatment of various ailments and health related issues. Regulated consumption of cannabis or marijuana have medical benefits to counter its negative reputation. Due to these medical benefits, some countries legalize the regulated use of marijuana as an alternative treatment to several health related problems. Though many countries still consider the use of marijuana, in any amount, to be illegal, researches about cannabis are starting to gain more positive sentiment towards the regulated use of this substance.
Cannabis comes in various forms: powder, oil, herbal or resin and it is also known in names such as hash, weed, mary jane and the likes. Regardless of how it is called, here are some positive effects of regulated marijuana consumption:
Decreases nausea – nausea is often a side effect from prescribe medication or treatments like surgery, chemo or AIDS treatments. Medical marijuana has been proven to lessen the chances of being nauseated. In addition to that, medical marijuana can be used by patients who don’t respond to any antiemetic drugs.
Acts as pain reliever – medical marijuana showed positive results in helping patients suffering from chronic body pains. A test conducted by Dr. Mark Ware, a medical practitioner, showed modest results in terms of lessening pain levels among patients. Twenty one participants were asked to puff marijuana daily (9.4% THC, 2.5%, 6% and placebo) in the span of two months while continuing their medication. Their pain levels decreased when given a high dose of marijuana compared to giving them placebo. Although the difference with pain was not significant, the fact is that it effectively lessened the pain and this means a lot to many patients.
Muscle relaxant – conditions that causes involuntary muscles spasms also became a subject for marijuana’s medical testing. People suffering from sclerosis, paraplegia, Tourettes, spinal injuries and stroke are likely to benefit from this. Medical marijuana is pushed as a muscle relaxant due to minimal side effects compared to the synthetic drugs that often aggravate other medical problems.
Develops appetite – undergoing medical treatment can cause lack of appetite on patients. This synthetic drug effect make it harder for patients to recover their strength and remain nourished during treatment period. Cannabis helps a person regain back their lost appetite due to its hunger inducing properties. With regulated consumption, patients undergoing medical treatments can expect better appetite in order to properly eat and remain nourished.
These four major medical impact of regulated marijuana use can really make a difference on how we view this controversial plant. Although consumption of cannabis varies, using vaporizers to maximize its benefits remains to be the preferred way rather than smoking it like a cigarette.