Cannabis is having a renaissance thanks to the loosening of government controls. The attitude of society towards marijuana is beginning to change too, with more and more people casting off the biases they once had. These changes have led to the blossoming of a dynamic new area of medical research opening up. This research is producing a host of findings that shed light onto the health benefits of cannabis and the psychoactive chemicals, ‘cannabinoids’, contained within it.
A lot of this research is still in its infancy mainly due to the fact that cannabis faced wide criminalization for decades. However, in this day and age Canadian users are able to receive a free medical cannabis consultation over the internet, and more and more big pharmaceutical companies are joining this field and new discoveries are being made every day.
Here are some of the most promising effects that may be found in medical cannabis.
Chronic pain is a growing issue across certain parts of the world. Unfortunately, due to its hard-to-define and hard-to-treat nature, it is often treated with over-prescribed opiates by overworked physicians. This has become a massive issue in the ‘Rust Belt’ of America, an area in Appalachia that is suffering from incredible poverty and unemployment.
The origins of the prescription opiates crisis in Appalachia can be found in the poor working conditions the people of the rust belt have to endure. This region is also suffering from a shortage of medical professionals forcing the remaining doctors to cut corners to cope. This means that they have no option other than to prescribe addictive painkillers for practically every problem; leading to the opiates crisis.
The central issue of the is the trouble with treating chronic pain. A good alternative to harmful opiates is medical cannabis. The cannabinoids in cannabis possess a wide range of pain killing effects that can match those of opiates. Not only this, medical marijuana is totally non-addictive and can actually reduce dependence on opiates.
The munchies are a stoner stereotype for a reason, cannabis stimulates your appetite and makes you crave food. The chemicals in cannabis interact with cannabinoid receptors found in the human body which are part of the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a part of how your body signals whether you are hungry.
There are many treatments can cause a patient to a lose their appetite. One such treatment is Chemotherapy. It is a vital treatment, but it is very hard on the patient. Nausea caused by chemo can suppress the appetite of patients making it hard for them to recuperate their energy. Medical cannabis can counteract these issues by stimulating the endocannabinoid system to increase a patient appetite.
IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common gastric condition. Its symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, severe abdominal pain, and weight loss. Recent studies show that there may be a connection between the body’s endocannabinoid system and IBS, which means that medical marijuana can be used to offer some relief from a number of the more severe symptoms.
One of the more obvious benefits cannabis has for IBS patients is that THC can be trusted to help treat the abdominal cramps of IBS. On top of this, the cannabinoids of cannabis interact with the endocannabinoid system directly. For example, medical marijuana can help reduce hypermotility, which is a phenomenon that causes food to move through the digestive tract too quickly.
Menstrual pain is an incredibly common fact of life for many people. The most common symptoms that people experience during menstruation are abdominal pain, cramping, back pain, leg pain, and headaches. Some people find that their symptoms are that much worse due to conditions like endometriosis. The pain killing abilities of medical cannabis can help make the cramps and pain of menstruation somewhat more bearable.
Another issue that menstruating people also have to deal with is their period having a severe impact on their mood. This can also be treated with medical cannabis which can help level mood swings out. People suffering with menstruation problems in Canada can apply for free professional medical consultations over the internet, and if they qualify receive a medical cannabis prescription to be used at licensed producers across the country.
Tourette’s Syndrome is a well-known condition that typically begins to manifest in childhood and is characterized by motor and verbal “tics”. Through pop culture may portray Tourette patients as screaming, swearing maniacs, the majority of Tourette tics can manifest in the form of shrugs, winks, pulling faces, and throat clearing. Tourette's is a developmental disorder that doesn’t have a real cure, however, its symptoms may be suppressed with therapy and certain drugs.
One medicine that may prove to be a good treatment is cannabis. A study in the university of Toronto showed that cannabis could help suppress Tourette tics by up to 60%
Migraines are a common condition that manifests as severe recurrent headaches. Migraines can be incredibly debilitating and painful, and can have a long duration; four to 72 hours. Generally they are found to affect a higher number women than men. The root cause of migraines has never been medically verified, but it is thought to be a combination of environmental, genetic, and hormonal factors.
Some studies suggest that two of the most prominent cannabinoids in medical cannabis, THC and CBD, are able to treat the severe pain of migraines. There are also promising findings that suggest that cannabinoids may actually reduce the frequency of migraine attacks, so migraine sufferers could do worse than organising a free online telemedical cannabis consultation to find out if they could benefit.