Does Weed Cure Common Ailments?
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Many patients have used medical marijuana or chemicals derived from it to minimize pain and treat diseases or conditions. Medicinal strains are often chosen for the amount of THC and CBD in them, as these are the two most prevalent of the chemicals called cannabinoids. Many people with common ailments might wonder: can these cannabinoids – and weed in general – cure me? The answer is complicated, but weed can be a healthy addition to many forms of treatment.
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Marijuana contains more than 100 cannabinoids, and each one interacts with our body in different ways. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, and cannabidiol or CBD, are the main cannabinoids found in weed; as such, they are used most often in therapeutic and medicinal strains and products. THC is responsible for the “weed high” people feel when they smoke marijuana or take edibles, while CBD has been known to have anti-inflammatory benefits.
The cannabinoids work because they are very similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain. Researchers are studying whether medical marijuana can help treat many conditions, including:
- Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Eating disorders
- Mental health conditions
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
- Nerve pain
However, for most of these, research is ongoing, and we can’t say conclusively that marijuana positive affects the deterrence or curing of these illnesses. Weed can be said to cure very few illnesses, and it would be irresponsible to pin healing from many of the illnesses above on marijuana use. However, research has shown that weed can have positive effects on certain physical and mental ailments, and weed can be a key part of a healthy healing regiment!
What Ailments Does Weed Treat?
Despite not being a solid cure, cannabinoids like THC and CBD in weed can have many benefits! Some of the most conclusive research suggests that cannabinoids may:
- Reduce anxiety and help patients wean themselves off of major medications
- Reduce inflammation
- Relax tight muscles associated with Multiple Sclerosis
- Control nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatments like chemotherapy
- Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS.
- Work as a pain reliever for those looking to avoid opioids
- Relax the intraocular blood vessels to relieve glaucoma, a condition caused by abnormal pressure in the eyes
- Improve the quantity and quality of sleep in those with insomnia or other sleeping disorders
However, it’s important to note that these positive benefits may not work for all patients. Everyone’s endocannabinoid system, the series of receptors that process cannabinoids, is different, and as such, how well people handle THC isn’t the same. Each method of taking it works differently in the body, too – some people might react better to edibles or as a tincture than smoking or vaping weed.
However, it’s not just THC or smoking weed that can help. CBD specifically has received a lot of attention for how it has helped those who suffer from seizures. Parents of epileptic children said that CBD supplements helped control seizures in their children. A drug known as Epidiolex is derived from CBD, and doctors often prescribe it as a therapy for those with very severe or hard-to-treat seizures.
Frequently Asked Questions About Common Weed Cures
The short answer, based on the most recent research, is no, but this doesn’t give the full picture of the benefits weed can give. In some users, cannabis can do well to relieve anxiety, depression, and all the attenuating problems that arise from them, helping some users start new regimens without heavy anti-depressants. It has been shown to have impressive results with glaucoma, relieving nerve pain, control nausea, and stimulate the appetite. While it doesn’t cure the issues that cause these problems, many treatments have incorporated the positive benefits of marijuana.
Weed can, in many patients, treat ailments like depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and glaucoma; CBD has also been shown to work well in preventing seizures. However, each patient and their medical history is different, and while weed can work well for many patients, others might find they do not react well to it. All patients should consult with their doctors before using and, if they believe that weed could be helpful, advocate for themselves if they are met with a negative reception.
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