10 of the top health benefits of Medical Marijuana. Many people are misinformed about marijuana and the benefits that it can provide. All of this information is backed by Medical Marijuana research proving the positive health benefits that marijuana has.
1. Treats Migraines
Doctors in California have reported that they have been able to treat more than 300,000 cases of migraines with medical marijuana.
2. Slows Tumor Growth
The American Association for Cancer Research has found that marijuana actually works to slow down tumor growth in the lungs, breasts, and brain considerably.
3. Relieves Symptoms of Chronic Diseases
Research shows marijuana can help treat the symptoms of chronic diseases like Irritable Bowel Disease and Chron’s Disease. This is because it can treat nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), was approved in 1985 by the FDA for use in the treatment of nausea, as marketed under the trade name Marinol and synthetically formulated in sesame oil in gelatin capsules to be taken orally. Almost 100,00 doses were prescribed in 1989.
4. Prevents Alzheimer’s
In 2006, the Scripps Insitute proved that the THC found in marijuana works to prevent Alzheimer’s by clocking the deposits in the brain that cause the disease.
5. Treats Glaucoma
Some studies suggest that use of medical marijuana helps lower intraocular pressure in the eyes of glaucoma patients.
6. Prevents Seizures
Marijuana is a muscle relaxant and has “antispasmodic” qualities which have proven to be very effective treatment of seizures.
7. Helps Those with ADD & ADHD
A well documented 2009 USC study showed that marijuana is not only a perfect alternative for Ritalin but treats the disorder without any of the negative side effects of the pharmaceuticals. ADHD affects an estimated 4.1% of adults, ages 18 to 44, in a given year.
8. May Treat Multiple Schlerosis
Marijuana works to stop the neurological effects of muscle spasms that come from multiple sclerosis by protecting nerves from the damage caused by the fatal disease.
9. Helps Relieve PMS
Anecdotal evidence suggests that cannabis use may reduce pain in severe cases of PMS. As many as 75% of menstruating women have some premenstrual syndrome symptoms.
10. Helps Calm Those with Tourette’s & OCD
Just like marijuana can treat seizures and multiple sclerosis, marijuana’s effects slow down the tics in those suffering from Tourette’s, and the obsessive neurological symptoms in people with OCD. Approximately 3.3 million people in the United States have OCD and 272,000 people in the United States have Tourette’s Syndrome.