The Therapeutic Benefits of Smoking Cannabis
As a result of years of discoveries in the scientific community, 29 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have passed legislation allowing cannabis to be utilized medically. But there are still some people that are skeptical. If it’s so effective in therapeutic treatments, why is it still illegal on the federal level? And there are still some that believe that decriminalizing cannabis for medical use is merely a ploy for consumers to “get high” legally.
The Medical Community Is Starting to Speak Out
Today, more medical professionals are calling for an end to the stigma around marijuana and are demanding an increase in attention into its medical use. One such professional is Peter Grinspoon, MD. Doctor Grinspoon recently authored an article about medical marijuana for the Harvard Medical School’s Website. In the article, the doctor called for a review of how patients can find high-quality medical marijuana useful in their health and well-being, as well as how patients can discuss medical marijuana as a treatment option with their physician.
No Need To Get High To Get Well
Dr. Grinspoon points out that there is little controversy in the benefits of CBD. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabis compound found in marijuana. CBD has no psychoactive properties but has a myriad of documented medical benefits including:
- Relieving insomnia
- Relieving anxiety
- Increasing spasticity
- Reducing pain
- Treating Epilepsy
- Reducing inflammation
Studies are currently underway to determine what additional health benefits can be reaped by CBD. A review posted in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology suggests that the substance seems to stop cancer cells from spreading. A review from Neurotherapeutics points to studies that CBD can reduce the suffering of PTSD, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental health conditions. And studies are currently being conducted to determine CBD’s effectiveness in treating acne, type 1 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
What Does Medical Marijuana Help Treat?
As of today, cannabis (including both CBD and THC) is being prescribed for many conditions. Studies are limited due to the federal status of marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substance. But there is abundant anecdotal evidence to suggest cannabis is an effective treatment for symptoms related to:
- Chronic pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- General nerve pain
- Parkinson’s disease
- Interstitial cystitis
- Wasting syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C
Revolutionary Clinics Is Here To Help
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