Benefits of Medical Cannabis
ANTIEMETIC IN CHEMOTHERAPY: There is a conclusive report that taking cannabinoids help with the effects of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
ANOREXIA: There were claims that cannabinoids are an effective treatment for anorexia-cachexia syndrome and anorexia nervosa. However, there is no concrete study on this.
CANCER: Although there have been claims about marijuana being a cure to various cancers, there is however no sufficient evidence or study to support or refute this claim. Due to this, any treatment for cancer with the use of marijuana has no guarantees due to this lack of research.
CROHN’S DISEASE: There were studies that suggest that marijuana may be beneficial in the treatment of Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases when taken in a form of cannabidiol. However, this is not conclusive to this date.
EPILEPSY: There had been circulating claims that marijuana helps treat epileptic seizures. However, clinical data consist solely of uncontrolled case. This does not provide high-quality evidence of efficacy. There are random trials made regarding the treatment for this for various forms of epilepsy awaiting publication.
GLAUCOMA: As there are claims that cannabinoids are an effective treatment against Glaucoma, there is limited evidence to support this. There is no direct study that proves to claim that cannabinoids help in improving intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma. To this date, studies showing positive effects have only shown short-term benefit and not an absolute cure.
POSITIVE STATUS FOR HIV/AIDS: There are claims that marijuana helps in the increase of appetite for those with HIV/AIDS. However, there is limited evidence to support this claim.
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER: There is limited evidence that cannabis is beneficial in addressing PTSD. The trials on this are currently being conducted and we will update this once substantial data has been updated.
PARKINSON’S DISEASE: The endocannabinoid system is located in the brain and made up of cannabinoid receptors. Studies suggest that this system plays a meaningful role in certain neurodegenerative processes. Small trials however did not demonstrate any benefit to the improvement of the side effects of Parkinson’s disease. Researchers still are showing enthusiasm in the study of cannabis in relation to Parkinson’s disease following some reports that cannabis allegedly reduced the tremors they were experiencing.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: Studies have shown that cannabinoids when taken orally are an effective treatment for improving the patient’s multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms. However, there is still limited proof of its clinician-measured spasticity.
CHRONIC PAIN: Studies have shown that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain.