Marijuana is therapeutically active and a beneficial substance recognized to man. Medical cannabis is used by some physicians as a type of herbal therapy. It is sometimes used as an antiemetic. Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for about 4,000 years. Writings starting from ancient India corroborate that the psychoactive effects were documented, so doctors utilized it for various ailments and illnesses. The drug has been used to treat insomnia, headaches and gastrointestinal disorders. It has also been used in ancient times as a pain reliever used in the act of childbirth.
Uses for medicinal marijuana
Because of the prohibition of marijuana, its use as medicine is controlled; patients can now apply for individual ownership and a limited farming license. Few herbs provide a wide range of medical applications such as:
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic pain
- Intraocular pressure in the eye
- Weight loss or gain
- Restoring metabolism
Marijuana may decrease nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite from a medical condition or from medications. It reduces internal eye pressure from glaucoma, and it also relieves the pain and is said to slow down or stop the progression of glaucoma. Marijuana is also used by some people for stopping the side effects of cancer treatments. Some people believe that Marijuana also helps to slow down the development of some types of cancer.
Medicinal marijuana is also sometimes used for the muscle pain, unsteadiness and the tremors that are associated with Multiple Sclerosis. Marijuana is used sometimes to treat epileptic seizures associated with epilepsy. It is also used in the treatment of anxiety and depression. The effects of marijuana used as an anxiety and depression treatment is that it acts like a mood elevator.
At present the federal government and the state governments continue to argue over the issue of using cannabis for medicinal purposes. Publications by the DEA have not confirmed that cannabis has any medicinal value. The legal fights over this issue may continue for a very long time.
If you are suffering from cancer, MS, AIDS, HIV, wasting disease, glaucoma, or other illnesses click here to see how to apply for the right to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. To find a dispensary in the legalized states click here. You will need to have a Medical Marijuana Registry ID Card, click here to see how to get one.
Note: On the map on the medical marijuana website the dark green colored states are legalized, the light green colored states are considering legalizing medical marijuana, and the pink colored states are not considering legalizing cannabis.