While heated debates and controversy has surrounded the increased popularity and legalization of medical grade marijuana, many people do not realize the people have taken advantage of the benefits of marijuana for thousands of years. Many ancient cultures marijuana as medicine was used in times of sickness, with various marijuana strains being used for religious ceremonies and sacred rites. In fact, marijuana is considered on of the 50 fundamental herbs of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Today, people are can still enjoy the benefits of medicinal marijuana. As the healthcare system and pharmaceutical industry continue to understand and discover — though reluctantly — the many benefits of this plant, the stigma associated medicinal marijuana use have subsided. Extensive research studies have proven that states who have legalized the use medical marijuana have experienced significant decreases in the number of deaths related to prescription pill overdoses. Several public figures and celebrities have come forward to endorse and praise the benefits of medicinal marijuana.
So what are the benefits of medicinal marijuana? Harvard Medical School found that marijuana has been shown to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Many veterans who suffer from PTSD are urging the VA the recognize medical marijuana as legitimate treatment option for anxiety.
Medicinal marijuana is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and has been used to alleviate pain associated with a number of conditions, including arthritis, chronic back pain, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia among others. Inflammation in the body exacerbate existing conditions as well as impair bodily functions.
Perhaps the most well known use for medicinal marijuana is it’s use among cancer patients, especially those who are undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Both of these treatments can weaken the patients immune system, amidst other adverse side effects such as loss of appetite, nausea, pain, vomiting, headaches and more. Marijuana is said to help counteract all of these symptoms, and allow cancer patients to feel more like themselves. Some have even claimed that cannabis oil has completely cured their cancer.
While controversy over the use of medicinal marijuana continues, its benefits are undeniable.