As of January 2018, almost all of North America has legalized some form of medical marijuana—all of Canada, 29 states, Washington D.C. and Mexico. The conditions that qualify for medical marijuana differ, especially among U.S. states, but most lists include things like cancer-related pain and treatment-resistant seizures. Here's a list of medical conditions many government agencies still don't want to admit are helped by medicinal marijuana.
1. Medical marijuana can treat nightmares.
Cannabis helps induce a good night’s sleep
where the consumer spends more time in the deep sleep stage, not dreaming.
2. Sexual response enhancement via medical marijuana.
Two separate studies have shown that levels of 2-AG—it's a lot like CBD—increase, playing a role in the reward aspect of sexual arousal and orgasm. Using medical marijuana with higher levels of CBD
can help mimic those internal conditions.
3. Medical marijuana kills cancerous brain cells.
“A review of 34 studies of cannabinoids in glioma tumor models found that all but one study showed that cannabinoids could kill cancer cells without harming normal cells” from the National Cancer Institute (NCI)
4. Marijuana may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
A scientific study focusing on the molecular link between the active component of marijuana and Alzheimer's disease pathology
spotlighted Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as a "superior inhibitor" of the pathological marker of Alzheimer's disease: beta-amyloid aggregation. Minimal doses daily can slow the production of toxic beta-amyloid protein clumps in the brain.
5. Lung capacity may improve when you smoke medical marijuana.
A study of 5,000 subjects between 1985-2006, the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA), found that cannabis smokers experienced no decreased pulmonary function
. Some even showing improvement, compared to their tobacco-smoking counterparts
6. Veterans suffering from the many symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Medical marijuana can relieve several symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including anxiety, night terrors, and intense physical reactions. One cannabinoid specifically, Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), shows promise in the treatment of PTSD
, but more research is necessary for any conclusion.
7. Cannabis suppositories are one of the most effective forms of treatment using medical marijuana.
The contents of a cannabis-rich suppository capsule enter the bloodstream faster, providing the patient with rapid relief without the hazy high—ideal for MS, chronic pain, and chronic spasticity. We love this account of making and using cannabis suppositories
—there aren’t enough formal studies or even anecdotal information out there on the topic. And here’s a tutorial on how to make cannabis suppositories
since they’re difficult to buy retail.
8. Marijuana may aid in weight control.
Researchers in Columbia University's Health Services department reported how metabolism is not affected if you are high. The American Journal of Medicine (AMA) also published a report detailing how regular cannabis users had smaller waists and lower insulin levels.
9. Medical cannabis extracts can stop and prevent epileptic seizures in children under one.
Charlotte Figi is one of the many young patients whose lives have improved because of medical marijuana. At one time, Figi suffered weekly seizures triggered by Dravets Syndrome until she was administered CBD oil
, reducing the number and intensity of muscle spasms caused by epilepsy within seconds.
10. Medical cannabis can be used to treat pets.
Cannabis oils and edibles can be safely used to relieve pet pains from arthritis, pain and inflammation. Posted: Friday, March 23rd, 4:20am 9 months ago
Written By: Parker Wallace
Parker is a cannabis enthusiast to the core who shares a keen interest in listening to what others have to say and understanding what’s important to them. Those who know Parker know that his passion for health and wellness runs deep, and his love of Canada even deeper!