If you’re still unsure about the many great benefits to Marijuana, it’s time to study up on the below 10 biggest health benefits. Get familiar with this list to either educate yourself or to effectively shut down an ignorant naysayer.
1) Good for Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a disease that increases pressure in the eyeball, which can lead to vision loss. Marijuana is commonly used to treat glaucoma because when smoked or consumed, it reduces eye pressure of the user. The end result is the slowing down of the progression of the disease, preventing vision loss.
2) Calms Down Lupus
Marijuana has a calming effect on the immune system, greatly helping those who suffer from Lupus, an autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself for unknown reasons. Other positive side effects of smoking marijuana to treat Lupus include reduction of pain and nausea.
3) Helpful for Chemo
Speaking of pain and nausea… patients undergoing chemotherapy to treat cancer experience excruciatingly painful nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Marijuana can help to reduce these side effects, making it one of the best and most well known medical uses for the treatment of chemo.
4) Beneficial to Brain After Stroke
As we learned earlier on, marijuana has the ability to reduce inflammation. For sufferers of a stroke, marijuana may help protect the brain from damage by reducing the size of the affected area.
5) For Sufferers of PTSD
Post traumatic stress disorder often affects people whom experience or witness disasters and/or life-threatening events. Veterans are the most common sufferers of PTSD and many turn to marijuana as a treatment as it helps to regulate unwanted triggers of fear and anxiety.
6) Reduces Tremors From Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and degenerative disorder. People affected suffer from tremors and struggle with motor-related tasks such as writing. Marijuana promisingly shows to provide relief in tremors as well as sleep disturbances often found in Parkinson’s disease.
7) Cure to Crohn’s Disease
A recent study from Israel has shown that marijuana induces complete remission for sufferers of Crohn’s disease – an inflammatory bowel disease. It showed that 10 out of 11 patients experienced a reduction of symptoms with 5 patients experiencing complete remission after using marijuana as treatment.
8) Relief from Arthritis
Sufferers of arthritis often experience pain, inflammation, and sleep issues. Marijuana, when used to treat arthritis, provides relief to these symptoms. Sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis report significant reduction in pain and improved sleep after marijuana treatment.
9) Slows Down Alzheimer’s Disease
A 2006 study shows that marijuana treatment may be able to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. They discovered that marijuana slows the formation of amyloid plaques, which kill brain cells and causes Alzheimer’s. Marijuana blocks the enzyme that makes these plaques, thus slowing down Alzheimer’s disease.
10) Controls Epileptic Seizures
Marijuana is found to help sufferers of epileptic seizures by controlling the brain cells responsible for excitability and relaxation. It regulates these responses and reduces symptoms for those who suffer from epileptic seizures.
These 10 health benefits are just a few amongst much, much more. Marijuana is a wonderfully effective and safe treatment option with a broad-spectrum of benefits. For those who suffer from pain and turn to marijuana as treatment, they already have firsthand knowledge of the vast benefits. But for those who aren’t as aware, it may be time to study up. Help them out by sharing and spreading the knowledge.