Reported to have originated in Asia, Marijuana is a plant that has been used widely from the Prehistoric hunters to the Vikings to thousands in the present world, in many ways. While most people relate Marijuana only to its recreational functions, today excessive research has experimented and confirmed some of its medicinal functions. In this article we will explore some of the same.
Medical Marijuana refers to using to using the whole of the cannabis plant or the chemicals in it for the purpose of treating diseases. It is generally the same as recreational marijuana, but used for medicinal purposes. Medical Marijuana contains hundreds of chemicals called cannabinoids, of which the main ones that are used for medical treatment, are Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC, apart from having medical functions, is also responsible for the ‘high’ that is produced when smoking marijuana. Medical marijuana can also be vaped, and found in vape juice. Not all vape juice has THC in it. Some vape juice or e juice simply has nicotine in it. So it is important to know what you are buying. These cannabinoids are in a sense like the chemicals produced by our body that play a role in our memory, movement, appetite etc. They interact with the signalling network that is our body’s endocannabinoid system which contains two receptors, CB1 and CB2. The THC and CBD chemicals dock with these to exhibit their therapeutic effects. The greatest evidence found that relate medicinal functions to marijuana lies in its ability to reduce chronic pain and inflammation, nausea and muscle problems. It has also been proven as being effective in killing cancer cells, controlling seizures and calming the mind, thus reducing mental illness. Apart from this, medical marijuana also helps with some of the following ailments:
1: Prevents Alzheimer’s:
THC reduces the progression of Alzheimer’s by slowing down the formation of amyloid plaques which are responsible for killing brain cells and ultimately leading to Alzheimer’s.
2: Treats Glaucoma:
According to reports, Marijuana lowers the intraocular pressure in the eye thus reducing chances of Glaucoma that is caused by increased pressure in the eyes which ultimately may lead to blindness.
3: Soothes tremors in people suffering from the Parkinson disease:
Because of its ability to reduce chronic pain, use of marijuana can be especially useful for patients suffering from the Parkinson disease for it reduces tremors and improves their sleep.
4: Protects the brain after a stroke:
Research has shown that marijuana protects the brain and reduces the size of the area affected by a stroke or a concussion.
To date however, though medical marijuana has been legalised in more than half the states in the US and regarded its fastest growing industry, it has still not been formally accepted by the FDA as a means of treatment. One reason for this is that it is still thought of as simply a harmful drug belonging to the family that includes others like LSD, Heroin etc. which lack in medicinal value and can be highly dangerous if abused. Further, FDA approval requires a large number of positive tests that show that its benefits overshadow its risk. Because medical marijuana is a very recently discovered ‘miracle drug’ , enough experiments have still yet not been conducted and thus, it will take quite some time for scientists to entirely prove its medical benefits and have it be legalised for the same, over the world.