Whenever we hear the words marijuana, Indian hemp, cannabis, or some other names for which it is known, what comes straight to our mind is smoking, and our faces become distorted. We believe its one of the abhorred things in the society, something that should never be discussed with pleasantness and freedom. We all forget that weeds are one of the green herbs created by God, and that everything God made or gave us is good and for our own benefit. The problem in the case of Indian hemp is just that it is being misused and abused. There are a lot of rightful and very beneficial uses of marijuana that have never crossed the minds of many people. This explains why some countries in recent times have legalized or are considering legalizing the use of cannabis. One of the most striking of them is that it has been discovered to fight some deadly diseases that have defied modern medicines. Want to find out how? Then read on…
Here are 10 Major Diseases Known to be Curbed or Cured with Marijuana
1. Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a serious brain disease which on most occasions start as dementia, and then wind up being Alzheimer’s disease. It is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. Its major symptom is loss of memory and cognitive malfunction. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of Alzheimer’s cases is expected to rise by 176% to 13.8 million by 2050, and this follows a 68% increase between 2000 and 2010. The disease has no particular drug for complete cure. There is a new discovery that drugs made from cannabis can be used to control if not completely cure the illness. The good news is, based on a multi-author abstract published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease last year, cannabinoid THC may be useful in slowing the formation of beta amyloid, the plaque that floats around in Alzheimer’s disease patients’ brains that reduces their cognitive function. The scientists went so far as to say that cannabinoid-based medications “will be the new breakout medicine treatments of the near future.”
A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. It is common in people who are epileptic. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological problem, with only Alzheimer’s, stroke, and migraine coming before it. According to records, epilepsy affects about 150,000 people in the U.S. annually, and over their lifetime, people have about a 1-in-26 chance of developing epilepsy. It is also considered one of the world’s most problematic health issues that have defied cure so far. However, as researches remain unending, scientists have discovered that cannabis based drugs, (a chemical compound known as cannabidiol, or CBD, that does not have psychoactive properties – the “high” feeling that marijuana produces), can actually reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures and epilepsy in an individual as much as by 54%. While the findings are promising, more research is needed, such as randomized-controlled trials to help eliminate the possibility of a placebo effect,” said study author Dr. Orrin Devinsky, director of New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.
3. Multiple Sclerosis/Muscle Spasm
Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems. Studies have shown that THC – the active ingredient in cannabis can help control spasticity in patients with MS, and that this works best by taking a controlled amount orally.
In recent times, many people have reported using a daily oral dose of concentrated THC cannabis oil to cure cancers from the skin to the lung. This treatment has also been tested in dogs (although canines require much lower doses, and giving too much can have serious adverse affects). Cannabis is approved in all 20 medical marijuana states and Washington, D.C. for the treatment of cancer pain, to help increase appetite and decrease nausea following chemotherapy.
You will actually be wondering how an illness such as schizophrenia could be controlled or cured with marijuana, since the intake of marijuana is even believed to result to some symptoms that are schizophrenic. The type of cannabis discovered to prevent schizophrenia is the CBD. While marijuana is known to cause temporary psychosis-like effects, it is not CBD, but THC, that’s responsible. In 2012, a study published in Translational Psychiatry hinted that cannabinoid CBD may prove to be an attractive substitute for current antipsychotic treatments. Also, GW Pharmaceuticals announced on that it has started Phase 2 clinical trials on a drug made from the marijuana compound cannabidiol (CBD). The company, which holds the only license for growing cannabis in the UK, says the new drug features “purified CBD” as its active ingredient. In total, the study examined 39 patients, dosing 20 with CBD and 19 with amisulpride. While both led to similar Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale scores upon study completion, it was noted that the CBD group had fewer side effects than the amisulpride group.