Medical Marijuana Uses
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Various lines of research into the health effects of marijuana are ongoing. However, research into medical cannabis has been hampered since the 1930s by the drug’s illegality, a situation only now beginning to change for would-be researchers. This means that while many promising benefits of medical cannabis are being researched, in many cases further and repeated studies will be necessary before these uses can be approved by doctors.
Medical Uses of THC: Increased Appetite
One of the most well-established medical uses for cannabis is in increasing appetite for AIDS and cancer patients, those with wasting diseases, and other patients who might benefit from an increase in appetite.
The synthetic THC pill Marinol was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1985 for just such a purpose. Marinol has been shown to stimulate the appetite and reduce nausea and vomiting.
Other Medical Uses of THC
Beyond its ability to stimulate appetite, THC may be medically useful in several other ways. Here are a few of the potential medical benefits of THC:
- Pain reduction
- Inflammation reduction
- Improving problems in muscle control
Medical Uses of CBD
CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, has garnered a lot of media attention for its use in young children to relieve the symptoms of serious seizures. Many more medical uses have been suggested for CBD, including
- neuroprotection from conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson’s disease,
- pain reduction for conditions like cancer, MS, and rheumatoid arthritis,
- anti-tumor effects,
- anti-psychotic effects for schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder,
- anti-anxiety effects, and
- treatment for drug addiction, particularly morphine and heroin addiction.