Relieves pain brought by multiple sclerosis
The Canadian Medical Association issued a study that suggested that cannabis can be used to ease the aching symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Jody C. Bloom also experimented with 30 patients. Other treatments didn’t lessen the painful contractions, but when they smoked pot, they experienced less pain. This is possible because of the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in marijuana. It also helps restricts muscle spasms.
Marijuana can slow Alzheimer’s disease
Led by Kim Janda, The Scripps Research Institute suggested that medical marijuana can slow down the progression of the illness.
Another study published in the journal of Molecular Pharmaceutics last 2006 found that THC decelerates the formation of amyloid plaques, which wipe out brain cells and cause Alzheimer’s. It can do so by hindering the enzyme in the brain that creates them.
Lessens side effects of Hepatitis C
The treatment for Hepatitis C is painful and cruel. It involves various side effects including muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, and depression. Since these negative side effects last for months, many patients cannot finish their treatment.
Fortunately, last 2006, the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology discovered that 86% of patients using cannabis were able to complete their treatment. Although further research is needed, the study also suggested that marijuana can improve the effectiveness of the treatment. 54% of Hepatitis C patients who smoked pot had low viral levels and were able to maintain those levels.
Alleviates tremors for Parkinson’s disease patients
A study from Israel found that smoking marijuana lessens the pain and tremors experienced by Parkinson’s disease patients. It also improved their sleep as well as their motor skills.
Treats inflammatory bowel diseases
Patients with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and other bowel diseases can benefit from marijuana.
In 2010, researchers from the University of Nottingham published a study in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. It stated that THC, cannabidiol, and other chemicals in marijuana, interact with body cells and play a significant role in immune responses and gut function.
Compounds, made by the human body, that have similar chemical structures with THC, increases the permeability of the intestines, permitting the bacteria in. Thanks to the plant-derived cannabinoids found in marijuana, the body-cannabinoids are blocked so that the permeability is prevented and the intestinal cells are given a chance to bond tighter.
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