Marijuana or cannabis, in many parts of the world, is used to relieve people suffering from various diseases. Nevertheless, it remains a controversial drug as critics fear that loosening laws on its use could lead to drug abuse and other crime-related activities.
Globally, more and more states, including the United States, are passing laws allowing the sale of marijuana in one form or another. In Africa, countries like Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa are starting to benefit from the industry after the increase in global cannabis use.
Entrepreneurs, business people, including celebrities from around the world, are taking advantage of the industry, scientists have also discovered that the substance, especially medical cannabis, has therapeutic value for many health problems.
Here are some of the most common killer diseases that can help control cannabis:
They are caused by damage to several parts of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal (cauda equina). According to the Mayo Clinic, this usually causes permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other bodily functions under the injury site. Each year, about 12,500 new spinal cord injuries occur, which means that 40 out of a million people suffer from such an injury. Research has shown that cannabis can help patients cope with the pain and muscle spasms that often accompany the injury. Researchers at the Oxford Center for Enablement have found that “medicinal extracts of cannabis can alleviate neurogenic symptoms that do not respond to conventional treatments.”
This disease affects the brain and spinal cord. According to the Canabo Medical Clinic, symptoms include pain, balance problems, spasms, tingling, vision problems. Recent research published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal has shown that cannabis-based medicinal extracts can significantly reduce the spasticity and pain associated with multiple sclerosis with little adverse effect on patients.
Cancer, the abnormal growth of cells, are among the leading causes of death in the world. It is estimated that they caused 9.6 million deaths in 2018. Cannabis, for the moment, does not cure cancer, but health experts say it can significantly reduce the severity of symptoms associated with cancer. condition. According to research, two of the key active ingredients in cannabis, THC and CBD, can stimulate appetite, which can improve weight loss, anorexia and cachexia in many patients. Cannabis can also help fight the nausea associated with chemotherapy treatments.
Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that can worsen with age. Cannabis is the most effective at treating the pain associated with the disease. Various studies show that smoking natural grass helps reduce pain. A recent study by Health Canada and the Canadian Cannabinoid Investigation Consortium found that about 36% of Canadian medical marijuana patients regularly smoke grass to relieve their arthritis pain.
Epilepsy is a disorder of the central nervous system in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of consciousness, according to the Mayo Clinic. Epilepsy affects about 50 million people worldwide, making it one of the most prevalent neurological diseases in the world. Scientists have discovered in recent years that cannabis-based drugs, or CBDs, that do not produce the “high” feeling associated with marijuana, can be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures.
HIV / AIDS
Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 70 million people have been infected with the HIV virus and around 35 million people have died of HIV. Modern drugs have allowed people to live longer and healthier lives, but others complain about unwanted side effects of treatment. Various studies, however, show that medical cannabis can treat the symptoms of the disease, including weight loss, nausea, anorexia, etc. A recent study cited an HIV-positive man who claimed that marijuana calmed his stomach after taking medication, boosting his appetite, alleviating his pain, and elevating his mood.