With an increased number of states legalizing medical marijuana, even more people are turning to cannabis for its therapeutic benefits. Although the majority of patients use medical marijuana for pain relief, cannabis can also prevent spasms, vomiting and neuronal loss in nervous system disorders, and reduce inflammation. This suggests that holistic healing and therapeutic cannabis has the potential to treat a huge number of symptoms. The following are a few examples of diseases, conditions, and ailments for which medical marijuana can provide relief.
Cannabinoids have pain-relieving properties and are therefore effective at reducing severe discomfort in patients who may be unable to live normal lives. By treating chronic conditions like endometriosis, inflammatory bowel disease, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, vulvodynia, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction, holistic healing and therapeutic cannabis can enable patients to take less opiates, reducing drug dependence and adverse side effects.
Several diseases and conditions lead to muscle spasms, tremors, and spasticity, including multiple sclerosis, myofascial pain syndrome, muscle dystrophy, myopathy, back pain, and even some prescription medications. Muscle spasms are often very painful, and the pain may cause greater spasms resulting in a vicious cycle. Although many prescription medications are available to treat muscle spasms, they tend to come with a range of unpleasant side effects. Natural treatments like medical marijuana, however, have minimal contradictions.
Nausea and Vomiting
By reducing the sensation of nausea and preventing vomiting, medical marijuana enables cancer patients to better recover from chemotherapy. In addition to reducing discomfort, cannabis enables patients to eat and digest food, which avoids weight and muscle loss, enables patients to sleep, and improves mood.
Studies testing the effectiveness of medical marijuana for seizure disorders are still in their early days, but there is already plenty of data to suggest cannabis can treat severe epilepsy when no other drug has any influence. A famous example that recently received media coverage is Charlotte’s Web, a dietary supplement named for the eight-year-old child who made dramatic improvement after taking the cannabis extract.
In addition to the above, evidence suggests that medical marijuana can play a significant role in relieving:
- Symptoms caused by Crohn’s disease
- Symptoms caused by HIV/AIDS treatments
- Bladder dysfunction
- Dyskinesia (involuntary movements), including when induced by Levodopa, used to treat Parkinson’s disease
- Tics in Tourette syndrome, as these behave like muscle spasms
To begin treatment with holistic healing and therapeutic cannabis, patients must consult with their doctor to gain a medical marijuana card. Doctors prescribe the amount and method in which to take marijuana and monitor the effects to ensure patients receive optimal relief.
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