Cannabis has long been known to have therapeutic properties, and a growing body of scientific research demonstrate its health benefits. This is why we believe it?s so important to have access to high-quality, safe and appropriately dosed products!
The active compounds in cannabis, known as cannabinoids, are what give it its healing properties. One of these compounds, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, has been shown to be effective for pain relief, appetite stimulation and relaxation. Another, cannabidiol or CBD, has calming and anti-inflammatory effects without producing the psychoactive high commonly found with THC. Together and separately, these compounds in cannabis help patients with a variety of medical issues.
Below we provide a list of some of the more established symptoms, side-effects and disorders that cannabis can alleviate.
Accurately prescribed and dosed, cannabis can reduce feelings of stress, tension and anxiety, especially among patients with anxiety disorders.
THC is known to work as a powerful appetite stimulant in both healthy and sick individuals. (This is known as the ?munchies.?) In a therapeutic context, this can be help patients experiencing a loss of appetite while undergoing chemotherapy, and also it can help stimulate weight gain for patients being treated for anorexia and other eating disorders.
Both THC and CBD have anti-inflammatory properties, and THC can help minimize pain and promote sleep. These effects can relieve pain and discomfort for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Research dating back to the 1970s demonstrate the ability of THC to improve breathing in asthmatics. Studies also show that smoking cannabis can help calm asthma attacks once they begin.
A well-known use case for medical marijuana is for people who wish to manage the negative side effects of going through chemotherapy treatment. Cancer patients often suffer from pain, nausea, and loss of appetite, and cannabis is useful in alleviating all of these symptoms. It has been available in pill form since the 1980s and it continues to be prescribed today.
Dravet’s syndrome is a specific type of severe seizure disorder seen in children. CBD in particular seems to alleviate the symptoms. In a recent study, one 5-year-old girl with Dravet’s Syndrome tried using a high-CBD medication and her seizures decreased from 300 per week to just one every seven days. Forty other children are also experiencing success using this high-CBD medicine.
Both CBD and THC can reduce epileptic episodes by binding with the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation.
Another well-known use of cannabis is in the treatment of glaucoma. Glaucoma increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve and causing loss of vision. THC can decrease the pressure in the eye, which, in turn, can slow the progression of the disease and prevent blindness.
Cannabis can manage many of the negative side effects that come from the treatment of for Hepatitis, which include fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and depression. These effects can last for months, and many patients aren?t able to finish their treatment. However, a 2006 study found that 86% of patients using cannabis completed their Hep C therapy, while only 29% of non-users completed the treatment.
Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
THC has a sedative effect that can help both healthy individuals and those suffering from insomnia fall asleep faster. Recent studies have also suggested THC can improve nighttime breathing and reduce sleep interruptions in those who suffer from sleep apnea.
Multiple sclerosis is a nerve-related disease where the immune system attacks the nervous system. Cannabis can ease the resulting painful symptoms because THC binds to receptors in nerves and muscles to relieve pain and help control muscle spasms.
Nausea and Vomiting
In addition to alleviating pain, THC also has the effect of suppressing nausea and vomiting. This is commonly used for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, but it can also manage these symptoms of people suffering from other diseases and disorders.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is another common reason to use medical cannabis. Cannabis can help relieve a variety of PTSD-related symptoms including flashbacks, agitation and nightmares.