Marijuana has been categorized as a schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency which means it has no accepted medical use. But despite this fact, a majority of Americans in the late 1990s have thought that this plant can be medically useful and that should be legalized. Since then, it is still supported by the majority until now as well as the recreational legalization. In the United States, medical marijuana has been legalized specifically in Washington D.C. and 23 states— should have been numbered as 35 states if we’re going to count laws with very limited access.
The NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse even made a list of useful medical benefits of cannabis. Researchers have recognized many appealing possible medical benefits of marijuana. But it is still considered as something that is hard to study, making final results hard to obtain. The schedule I classification means that researchers would get a hard time in getting their hands on pot grown to the exacting standards that are necessary for medical research, even in the United States where it has been legalized. As a result to this, no FDA-approved cannabis product will be made by any researcher as long as it has the schedule I classification by DEA which also aids in taking out the motivation to study the plant.
More and more health benefits of marijuana have been clearly identified by many researches as well as some possible hazards would also help in clarifying some potential hazards which include psychoactive effects and abusive risks like dependency and emotional issues. That is why many physicians now want to fully understand the effects of marijuana better before being certain on recommending it to their patients or not.
Moreover, the following are the 21 potential medical benefits of marijuana according to several studies about this weed:
- It can be used and treat an eye disease which increases the pressure in the eyeball – glaucoma.
- It reduces some awful after-effects of chemotherapy like extreme pain and nausea, plus it increases the appetite of the person.
- It helps in controlling epileptic seizure episodes.
- It reduces the symptoms of Dravet’s Syndrome which is a severe seizure disorder.
- It relieves anxiety.
- It soothes and eases the pain felt by a person with multiple sclerosis.
- It treats inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- It has a chemical content that stops the spreading of cancer cells.
- It increases the effectiveness of the treatment for hepatitis C and minimizes the side effects brought by the treatment.
- It helps in treating diaphragm spasms and other muscle spasms.
- It protects the brain from concussions and any trauma.
- It eliminates nightmares.
- It slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease because of the active chemical in marijuana called THC.
- It shields the brain after an episode of stroke.
- It relieves the tremors in people with Parkinson’s disease.
- It helps people who are trying to stop drinking alcohol because it is less addictive and causes minimal physical damage.
- It relieves discomfort from arthritis.
- It facilitates metabolism and helps you stay skinny.
- It increases brain creativity.
- It reverses carcinogenic effects of tobacco and it improves lung health.
- It helps people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by regulating the fear and anxiety centers in the brain.