Cannabis and health? Necessity makes strange bedfellows indeed. But studies have been done over and over on this topic, and every time researchers find additional health benefits of marijuana. Today marijuana and its extracts are used to treat several health conditions and alleviate pain. Cannabis is saving lives. It has now been legalized in Georgia and other 25 states.
The lifeline from opiate addiction
Opiate addiction is now endemic, the number one cause of deaths in the United States. The primary medical interest in marijuana was its pain relieving abilities. Cannabis is a natural and efficient pain reliever. Patients suffering from chronic pain now no longer have to be prescribed the addictive drugs like Vicodin and Oxycodone. Then again, deaths due to narcotics overdose have reduced. There have not been any reported cases of death due to marijuana overdose. It is factually improbable to OD and dies from cannabis. Opioid addicts have realized that, and are now switching to medical marijuana. Recent studies show that opiates use and addiction has dropped in states that have legalized marijuana.
Tony Fountain of NOW entertainment thinks the legalization of medical marijuana is a move that that was long overdue. Growing up in my small town, I saw real close and personal what a nightmare opiate addiction is. I lost friends who were forced down that road.’ He says addiction was not the only problem; crime syndicates spread their tentacles riding on the wave of opiates. Tony is a pragmatic investor who believes that there is also a great economic potential to be tapped from medical marijuana.
Big news: recent studies reveal that cannabis extracts can cure cancer cells and prevent it from spreading. If this kind of research is anything to go by, we may have a way to suppress the grim reaper that is cancer. Presently, medical marijuana is widely used by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It helps to reduce pain and improve their appetite. Beyond that, it reduces nausea and vomiting, giving cancer patients a better fighting chance. The FDA has approved two drugs made from marijuana extracts for use in chemotherapy. These are dronabinol and nabilone.
There have been many milestones in the research of medical marijuana. Today there is an increased use of cannabis in the treatment of mental disorders, HIV/AIDS, and Multiple Sclerosis. Today medical marijuana is openly prescribed to patients who have PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease, and other psychiatric disorders. It helps to reduce anxiety and other neurotic symptoms. Medical marijuana is also used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. It helps to relieve pain and reduce nausea and vomiting. In multiple sclerosis, cannabis is used to reduce pain, muscle spasms and tremors.
CBD – the Holy Grail
A chemical compound found in marijuana CBD, or cannabidiol makes it more than just a pain reliever. CBD is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticonvulsant, antiemetic, and anxiolytic. Today manufacturers are extracting CBD from and packaging it in bottles as CBD oil, or as capsules. It is used to treat pain, mental illness, anxiety and skin conditions.
Legalities aside, marijuana can indeed be lifesaving.