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Cannabis can reduce the intra-eye pressure that leads to glaucoma. Photo: Community Eye Health

Cannabis Can Be Medicine: Cannabis reduces the intra-eye pressure that leads to glaucoma. Photo: Community Eye Health

Regular readers will already know that cannabis can improve things in the cases of cancer, depression, kidney failure, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, HIV, brain damage, brain tumours, arthritis, Tourette’s syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer’s, and it makes for better sex, too. Only six percent of studies into this wondrous drug examined its health benefits, and there are even more than those listed.

Cannabis can treat or even prevent glaucoma

… where pressure on the eyeball increases, leading to loss of vision. The US National Eye Institute provided a reminder of studies in the early 1970s which showed that cannabis lowered intra-ocular pressure.

Cannabis doesn’t impair lung function

5,115 people were examined for 20 years, beginning in 1985 when they were aged 18 to 30. Lung function actually improved in low to moderate users, possibly because they took deep breaths and not due to any chemical.

Treatment for hepatitis C, which lasts for months, is very arduous, leading to depression, fatigue, loss of appetite and muscle aches. Many people cease treatment as a result: a study in 2006 by the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found only 29 percent of non-cannabis users completed treatment, compared to 86 percent of users. Better still, one health benefit is that the drug appears to increase the effectiveness of treatment, with 54 percent of users having low viral levels compared to eight percent of the less fortunate.

Pot smokers are skinnier

… even when the munchies lead to heightened calorie consumption, per a study published in the American Journal of Medicine in 2013 which looked at 4,500 adults, of whom 579 smoked dope. This health benefit comes from cannabis helping the body regulate the production of insulin and manage caloric intake, which also means it prevents or treats diabetes.

Cannabis improves athletic performance

… according to Gordy Megroz, who experimented on himself in response to hearing so many other athletes credit cannabis. He experienced no pain following a heavy squat session while high, which otherwise left him sore for two days. Studies have shown cannabis to be anti-inflammatory.

Cannabis is good for the auto-immune disorder, lupus

It seems to calm the immune system and definitely relieves pain and nausea.

While cannabis can mess up your short-term memory …

Pot smokers perform better at tests where they have to come up with new ideas

… such as in the study which asked participants to come up with words related to a concept. Cannabis promotes remote associations and divergent thinking, hallmarks of creativity, because of its effect on mood, which allows the brain to perceive things differently.

Cannabis makes chemotherapy less awful

… with its nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite. Health benefits are so certain that government-approved drugs for this purpose contain THC, the fun element of cannabis.

Cannabis helps broken bones heal faster

This is because it reacts chemically with collagen.

Cannabis can be used to treat ADHD

? and is safer and more effective than such prescription drugs as Ritalin and Adderall.

Cannabis alleviates multiple sclerosis

? when it manifests as pain, spasms and tremors.

Cannabis is good for eating disorders

? because it helps regulates eating patterns, whether you eat too much or too little. This health benefit is good news for bulimia and anorexia sufferers.

Got a headache? You want cannabis.

Cannabis trumps drugs like Ibuprofin, which lead to ulcers, liver damage and the like.

Cannabis treats STDs

? including chlamydia and herpes.

Cannabis relieves speech problems

Stuttering can be caused by overwhelming emotions and brain injury but is mostly genetic. Research is needed, however, in the meantime, there are powerful anecdotes such as that of Jacqueline, who was born with cerebral palsy, which makes her stutter, but not when she’s stoned.

Cannabis improves skin conditions

Smoking harms the skin, so it’s best to use something topical.

And there we have it. Have these health benefits made your marijuana medical?

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