Medicinal Marijuana: While some consider it a dangerous drug that negatively affects the work of the brain, others see its green leaves as an effective remedy for treating serious diseases.
Of course, we are talking about marijuana, which has not ceased to be controversial for years. Recently, the problem of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has returned to the language.
1. Healing properties of marijuana
The healing properties of marijuana have been known for hundreds of years. In ancient India and China, it was popular to use its flowers to treat skin lesions such as ulcers and burns.
The seeds, on the other hand, were found to be an excellent anti-inflammatory, laxative and deworming medicine. The oil produced from them was used as a conditioner to improve the condition of the hair.
But that’s not all. The resinous extract of this plant was the basis of an alcoholic drink that was supposed to relieve migraine headaches and at the same time was a natural sleep aid.
2. Medicinal marijuana and multiple sclerosis
Smoking marijuana is increasingly practiced by patients suffering from multiple sclerosis . The development of the disease leads to a significant limitation of motor skills, which is accompanied by severe pains, which in many cases cannot be relieved by traditional means. Medicinal marijuana comes in handy when it comes to reducing muscle stiffness .
Research into its actual effectiveness is still ongoing, but a drug based on cannabis has been developed in Canadaintended for patients struggling with MS. This type of therapy raises many doubts in the medical community.
Both doctors and scientists emphasize that the effects of long-term use of medicinal marijuana are not exactly known. Moreover, the safety of taking psychoactive substances by people whose cognitive functions are impaired as a result of multiple sclerosis is being questioned.
3. Marijuana and oncological diseases
Research by British scientists shows that marijuana may prove helpful in cancer treatment . Their tests show that taking marijuana in the form of inhalation, i.e. by smoking a joint will significantly reduce the severity of the vomiting-inducing nausea that is a side effect of chemotherapy.
Medicinal marijuana also helps to deal with other complications of this method of treatment – it significantly improves the reduced appetite, which in many cases turns into anorexia, which is dangerous to health, and also positively affects the patient’s well-being, significantly improving his mood.
Some believe that cannabinoids in cannabis can also cause the self-destruction of certain types of cancer cells. In the light of recent tests, medicinal marijuana is considered a substance that positively affects the condition of patients with glioblastoma – one of the most dangerous forms of brain tumor.
It turns out that after injecting active substances contained in medicinal marijuana directly into the neoplastic lesion, its blood supply is inhibited, which contributes to tumor death.
4. Medicinal marijuana and other diseases
From time to time, other interesting findings regarding the possibility of treating medical marijuana come to light. The article published in the journal Nature proves that THC may play an important role in the prevention of atherosclerosis. There are also studies on its therapeutic properties for some types of epilepsy .
According to American researchers, medicinal marijuana taken by diabetics reduces the risk of complications in the form of diabetic retinopathy , which can cause blindness.
Stimulating the appetite, which is one of the effects of taking medicinal marijuana, is also used in the treatment of people suffering from AIDS, who have dangerous appetite disorders.
The legalization of THC as a therapeutic agent currently has little chance of success in Poland. The main obstacle are the risks that may be caused by long-term use of this psychoactive drug, especially addiction.
According to specialists, in the future it may be possible to use cannabinoids for therapeutic purposes, which are produced in small amounts in our body. The advantage of this solution is that healthy cells are not negatively affected.