Medical Marijuana use has rapidly spread as it continues to be legalized across many states. Classified as a “drug,” the cannabinoids in this plant can provide a remedy for effectively managing chronic pain. This treatment option serves as a safer alternative to the dangers of prescription opioids for managing the pain associated with many chronic illnesses.
How Does It Work?
The cannabinoids that make up the marijuana plant act similar to the endocannabinoids that are naturally produced and used by a variety of systems in the body. It has been observed that in many chronic illness patients, there is a noticeably low amount of endocannabinoids present in their body. It is thought that when consumed, marijuana cannabinoids actively work to compensate for the missing endocannabinoids. The psychiatric aspect of cannabis also aids in its pain relieving properties. This is because, where opioids and other dangerous drugs work to suppress the feeling of pain in the body, medical marijuana works to effectively alter the brain’s emotional response to pain instead of just masking it. It is also not addictive like opioids so it does not pose a future threat for drug abuse.
Medical marijuana is approved for the treatment of a variety of pain causing illnesses including:
Medical marijuana is effective at managing epileptic seizures because marijuana regulates the neurotransmitter releases in the brain. This function is responsible for reducing bursts of the electric activity that acts abnormally and causes seizures.
For patients battling this difficult illness, marijuana is effective at reducing side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation. Symptoms such as nausea and vomiting can be subsided through the benefits of medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana is shown to reduce pressure in the eye, this can be effective at protecting the optic nerve from potential damage.
Inflammation and the immune system
The natural system composed of endocannabinoids is the system that is responsible for regulating immune cells. It’s shown that patients suffering from autoimmune disease often have low levels of naturally produced cannabinoids. Medical marijuana cannabinoids are effective at replacing them, and managing symptoms.
These and a collection of other chronic illnesses have been shown to benefit from the pain-reducing properties of medical marijuana.
If you are suffering from any of the conditions listed, or are curious about what other health concerns medical marijuana could benefit, reach out to us here at Androgenix Advanced Health and Wellness to learn more about how to be approved for treating your condition with the healing benefits of marijuana. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!