Cannabis Health Benefits

Health Benefits 

Pain, Muscle Spasms and Multiple Sclerosis

A study in the Open Neurology Journal found that the use of medical marijuana significantly reduced pain, the majority of patients using medical marijuana reported a 30%-40% decrease in pain intensity and resultant improved quality in life. Research using oral cannabis-based pharmaceuticals shows significantly reduction in neuropathic pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.

A separate study conducted by the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation saw a trend in reduced spasticity in patients treated with medical marijuana.

Glaucoma

The idea that marijuana can be helpful in treating glaucoma dates to the 1970s. Studies conducted then showed that smoking marijuana lowered the IOP of people with glaucoma. As a result of this research, additional studies were conducted examining whether marijuana or its active ingredient, a compound known as THC, could be used to keep IOP lowered. This research was supported by the National Eye Institute, a division of the federal National Institutes of Health.

The research found that when marijuana is smoked or when a form of its active ingredient is taken as a pill or by injection, it does lower IOP. However, it only lowers IOP for a short period of time—about three or four hours.

Seizures

Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy, also known as Dravet Syndrome is a rare form of epilepsy that develops in infancy and is extremely difficult to control. Children do not outgrow this condition, and it affects every aspect of their lives and development due to recurring seizures. Current treatment options are very limited. However, medical marijuana is offering hope in treating this disease. After hearing about other success stories of using legal medical marijuana, the Figis family in Colorado has seen vast improvement in the quality of life and cognitive development of their six year old daughter after all other treatment options showed little to no improvements, their daughter, Charlotte, is now prescribed a very special strain that is high in CBD and low in THC.