In the last few years, there’s been increased interest in the medicinal uses of cannabis. While research is still underway, more research and evidence are needed to demonstrate cannabis as an effective treatment for many different conditions.
What can you use medical cannabis for?
Right now, there are many practical uses for medical cannabis. These include chronic pain management, sleep aid, an aid in cancer treatment, and more. As research accumulates, it’s hoped there will be more practical uses for cannabis in the medical field.
1. Medical Cannabis Is Effective for Chronic Pain
Perhaps one of the best-known uses for medical marijuana is in the treatment of chronic pain. Currently, there’s a body of evidence that suggests cannabis is an effective treatment for conditions where chronic pain is an issue.
These conditions include nerve pain, fibromyalgia, spinal cord injuries, and other health issues that cause chronic pain. Medical marijuana is also being recommended as an alternative to opioid treatments, since they can cause addiction and increase the risk of death. Medical marijuana is considered safer.
2. Cannabis Could Help You Sleep
Another use for medical marijuana supported in the scientific literature is as a sleep aid. Cannabis has been shown to help people get to sleep sooner, stay asleep longer, and even improve their quality of sleep.
Cannabis is also recommended for sleep disorders over sleeping pills and opioid medications. Again, the reasoning is that cannabis is a safer alternative because of its lower risk of addiction and overdose.
Medical cannabis might bet the better choice for those who live with a wide range of sleep issues, including insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and others.
3. It Helps Cancer Patients during Treatment
It’s no secret the therapies for cancer can be unpleasant and harsh on the body. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapies often suffer pain, nausea, and a lack of appetite, among other symptoms.
Medical cannabis has been shown to assist cancer patients in dealing with these unpleasant side effects and make the therapies at least somewhat more bearable. Various cannabinoids can act as anti-nausea substances, and they may also improve appetite among cancer patients.
Medical marijuana may also be able to help cancer patients with other symptoms, including pain.
4. It Could Help with Mental Health Symptoms
A number of recent studies have also suggested cannabis could be used in the treatment of mental health conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression. There have been mixed results, so the medical field is continuing their investigation of this area. That being said, anxiety and depression are the most common reasons patients seek out medical cannabis, so it’s important to continue research to determine the best dosage and strains.
Right now, however, the outlook is good, and many patients report improving symptoms with the use of cannabis. More research will shed stronger light in this area and confirm just how it can assist those patients living with mental health challenges.
5. Experimental Evidence for Other Uses
Medical cannabis’ effectiveness has also been proven to help with MS spasticity, palliative care, and severe forms of epilepsy. There are many other potential uses for medical marijuana currently being investigated. Everything from weight loss to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease are being investigated by researchers.
These uses are still considered experimental, and it’s hoped more research will demonstrate exactly what medical marijuana can and cannot do in the case of these conditions.
Of course, additional research is needed in almost every area when it comes to medical cannabis. These are a few of the areas where enough evidence has now been accumulated for medical professionals to say with confidence that medical marijuana does indeed offer an effective treatment alternative.