5 Illnesses That Can Be Relieved Using Marijuana For Medical Purposes

Doctor with medical marijuana

Marijuana has long been a controversial topic in the medical community, but as the number of studies showing its benefits has grown in the last few decades, a consensus has slowly been built. Today, Canadian physicians prescribe medical marijuana to treat both the symptoms and causes of numerous ailments.

There are, of course, still negative effects of overusing or abusing the drug, which is why the quality assurance process for properly licensed medical marijuana is so important. By learning to implement correct production practices, analytical testing, and auditing procedures, professionals with proper training can ensure that they are producing a safe, holistic medicine to meet the needs of specific patients.

These are just some of the illnesses that students on medical marijuana programs could help to treat using their training.

1. Marijuana For Medical Purposes In The Treatment Of Cancer Patients

One of the most common uses of medical marijuana is in the treatment of cancer. Cannabinoids help relieve nausea and increase appetite in patients undergoing chemotherapy, and a 2007 study conducted by the California Pacific Medical Center also showed that cannabidiol decreases the expression of Id-1, a gene produced by cancerous cells which helps them spread throughout the body.

2. Medical Marijuana Can Be used To Control Epileptic Seizures

During medical marijuana training, students learn the different quality standards for producing the drug for a variety of medical purposes. One area in which this is incredibly important is epilepsy treatment.   A 2003 study by Virginia Commonwealth University found that active ingredients in marijuana, and the cannabinoid receptor protein produced by the body, can help epileptic patients control spontaneous seizures. Nonetheless, because of the drug’s psychoactive side effects, it is vital that preparation of medical marijuana for epilepsy treatment adhere to stringent quality standards.

Carefully controlled doses of marijuana can help control epileptic seizures.

Carefully controlled doses of marijuana can help control epileptic seizures.

3. Marijuana For Medical Purposes: Treating Multiple Sclerosis

Advocates of medical marijuana have long touted its effectiveness in pain relief for a number of diseases. A 2012 study posted in the Canadian Medical Association Journal of 30 patients suffering from multiple sclerosis suggested that THC relieved pain by bonding to muscle and nerve receptors. However, due to its side effects, medical marijuana should only be considered for all MS patients if other treatments are ineffective.

4. Medical Marijuana May Help To Slow The Progression Of Alzheimer’s

THC can block the brain enzyme acetylcholinesterase, which forms amyloid plaques that kill brain cells, leading to Alzheimer’s disease. A 2006 study by the Scripps Research Institute even suggested that it was far more effective than commercially marketed drugs such as Aricept and Cognex.

Studies suggest marijuana is more effective in treating Alzheimer’s than commercial drugs.

5. Marijuana For Medical Purposes: Parkinson’s Disease

Another country which permits the use of marijuana for medical purposes is Israel, and the country has produced a lot of research into the drug’s benefits. One study from the Tel Aviv University which made considerable waves showed that medical marijuana helped to reduce tremors and pain among patients with Parkinson’s disease, as well as improving sleep patterns.

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