Marijuana is gradually being accepted by Americans as an alternative to pharmaceutical treatments. In fact, 26 states have successfully legalized this medical plant for its many therapeutic benefits. Although legal, many are still questioning the efficiency of marijuana. That’s why researchers continue to study and provide proofs that the medicinal plant has more benefits than harm.
Are you one of those still skeptical about medical marijuana? Well, here are 8 studies that may clear your doubts.
Study #1: Marijuana has potential benefits for people living with cancer
A study published on the National Cancer Institute website probes the benefits of marijuana for cancer patients. According to the research summary, the plant’s chemical components, specifically cannabinoids, help in the prevention of nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy.
Study #2: A chemical component of marijuana prevents breast cancer tumor
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) published a study in 2011 stating that cannabidiol or CBD can prevent the growth of cancer tumors. The research focused on breast cancer cells. The study’s abstract states that CBD induces programmed death in the said cells. Another study published in 2015 by the Wexner Medical Center (Ohio State University) has similar findings.
Study #3: Marijuana may help treat epileptic seizures
A study by the New York University Langone Medical Center shows that marijuana can help in treating seizures. The research involved treating 162 patients with a specific CBD extract. The results were astounding: the intervention reduced motor seizures at a rate similar to approved drug treatments. The researchers noted that the study caused minimal adverse effects to patients. However, they also said that the study is a big step towards establishing CBD as an effective treatment for epilepsy.
Study #4: Marijuana may help relieve chronic pain
Chemical components found in marijuana, such as CBD and THC, may help reduce pain. This finding was published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASM) earlier this year. According to the study, it’s likely that the natural cannabinoid receptors we have in our body contribute to the efficiency of the chemical component.
Study #5: Marijuana may ease certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis
Several studies show that THC may help ease the pain and symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). Medical marijuana may protect or slow down the progress of this neurodegenerative disease. Some of the findings published by researchers related to this benefit are as follows:
- Cannabinoids are potent anti-inflammatories, protecting the brain from the effect of MS
- CBD may also help stop muscle stiffness and spasms, which are known symptoms of MS.
- THC stimulates the appetite, which helps fight the gastrointestinal issues suffered by MS patients.
Study #6: Marijuana may be effective in treating schizophrenia
Translational Psychiatry published a study in 2012 stating that CBD may help treat schizophrenia. The research involved 42 patients who received either cannabidiol or amisulpride (the latter is an approved drug that treats the condition). Comparing the clinical effects of the two resulted in the finding that there is no “relevant difference between the two treatments”.
Another study published in the Journal of Neuroscience last year shows the therapeutic potentials of marijuana for schizophrenia patients.
Study #7: Marijuana has potential therapeutic effects on Alzheimer’s disease
A 2014 study published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease shows that THC has potential therapeutic effects on the said condition. Researchers say that the chemical component is capable of slowing or halting the production of beta-amyloid proteins. These proteins are known as a hallmark characteristic and a contributor to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Study #8: Marijuana may be good for the heart
Several studies, including a 2013 review published by the British Pharmacological Society, show that marijuana may provide benefits to the cardiovascular system. Using rodents as models, researchers have found out that CBD can protect the arteries from too much sugar (or glucose). The chemical also reduced vascular tension in those rodents. Additionally, CBD treatment can also protect the heart from inflammation that is associated with diabetes.
Studying Marijuana In The US
The Drug Enforcement Administration in the US has classified marijuana as a Schedule 1 Drug. This classification means that this type of weed poses a high potential for abuse and that it has no legitimate therapeutic uses. As such, researchers find it difficult to conduct high-quality studies on the therapeutic effects of the controversial plant.
With that said, the continuous promotion to legalize marijuana in the US may help ease restrictions. Furthermore, it’s not only the studies that will benefit from changing the drug classification. Potency testing laboratories, availability, and even the price of medical marijuana may be regulated. Just like other medicines, using marijuana for health treatment will be systematic.
Moreover, marijuana can help a population plagued by a lot of medical conditions. Of course, if people won’t abuse it. It is is a medical wonder if you’ll seek it for the cure and not to satisfy an unhealthy addiction.
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