Marijuana has been called the “healing herb” and scientists have been finding ways to prove that marijuana could indeed be used in treating certain medical conditions.
(THC), marijuana’s active ingredient, is known to reduce nausea and increase appetite. According to National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Cannabidiol (CBD) can also help treat muscle-control issues and decrease inflammation and pain.
So here are some of those medical conditions that marijuana is said to heal:
Chronic Pain in Cancer Patients
A study on the drug nabiximols
(Sativex) known as marijuana mouth spray which contains CBD and THC indicate that medium and low spray doses are better at reducing pain compared to a placebo. However, there are still limited studies on whether smoking marijuana could actually help reduce pain in cancer patients.
Nausea and Vomiting in Cancer Patients
Nausea and vomiting are some of the side effects of patients who went through chemotherapy. An analysis on three studies
which involved cancer patients who have gone through the process revealed that 47 percent of the patients did not feel nauseous nor vomited after using cannabinoids (CBD or THC). Those who took placebo, however, symptoms stopped for only about 20 percent of the patients.
also indicate that a synthetic form of THC known as compound nabilone was proved to be better at stopping vomiting and nausea compared to existing anti-nausea medicines.
A study in 2015
tested if taking a dose of cannabis extract daily could actually help people suffering from severe epilepsy. It involved 137 participants which included toddlers to adults. The results showed that in over a 12-week period, 54 percent of the patients experienced minimized seizures. However, the said study still had limitations since the researchers did not include a control group. Researchers said that results could still be uncertain as to whether it was due to a placebo effect.