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How Medical Marijuana Can Help with the Side Effects of Chemo

The benefits of medical marijuana for those receiving chemotherapy treatments for cancer or other diseases are well-documented. Relief of the side effects associated with chemo is one of the first things medical marijuana advocates proclaimed in the ongoing battle to legalize medical marijuana everywhere. Side effects of chemotherapy that medical marijuana may help with include:

  • Pain

If a chemotherapy patient is hesitant about using medical marijuana, its demonstrated relief of pain associated with chemo and cancers might change their mind. Several studies have found that medical marijuana, especially when inhaled, causes significant pain relief for patients who could not find relief with strong prescription pain medications. The relief of neuropathy-related pain, which can occur in some cancers, has also been shown in patients who smoke or vape medical marijuana. Continue reading “How Medical Marijuana Can Help with the Side Effects of Chemo”

How Medical Marijuana Helps Neuropathic Pain

The medical benefits of medical marijuana use are explored more every day. One of the most promising benefits research has shown so far is in chronic pain management. This comes as no surprise to cannabis users, as anecdotally, marijuana has been used for pain for millennia. While are types of pain have not yet been researched, one that has been of particular interest to medical marijuana researchers is neuropathy.

Neuropathy, sometimes called peripheral neuropathy, is not one specific condition, but instead refers to a collection of conditions that result from damage to the body’s peripheral nerves. Pins and needles type tingling pain or numbness are neuropathy’s hallmarks. Neuropathy is a symptom of various diseases and conditions. Diabetes is a common underlying cause of neuropathy. Continue reading “How Medical Marijuana Helps Neuropathic Pain”

How Medical Marijuana Helps with Alzheimer’s Disease

One of the most interesting potential applications of medical marijuana is in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Few diseases are more difficult and tragic for both the patient and their loved ones than Alzheimer’s. Although cannabis does not offer a cure, it can potentially alleviate and in some cases, reverse symptoms and provide relief and comfort to those who suffer from the disease.  

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder, which means that its symptoms, which affect the brain, are progressive. Those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease often experience memory loss, issues with speech, emotional distress, and dementia. Very little can be done to treat Alzheimer’s patients, and patients often require full-time care eventually.

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Can Medical Marijuana Be Used as an Anorexia Treatment?

The appetite-stimulating effects of marijuana are one of its most well-known characteristics. These properties mean that medical marijuana is often utilized to help treat chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS patients who are struggling with a lack of appetite, but can it be useful in treating anorexia? Let’s take a closer look. 

What is Anorexia?

If you’re unfamiliar with the condition, anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by body dysmorphia, obsession with body weight and image, and a self-imposed lack of eating resulting in extreme weight loss. This disorder may have psychological roots, but its physical effects can be devastating and ultimately life-threatening if not treated. 

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How Medical Marijuana Helps Crohn’s Symptoms

Recent research suggests that medical marijuana may ease inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease flare-ups, reducing pain and helping those with Crohn’s disease enjoy a better quality of life. 

One research study confirmed this by studying 50 people with active Crohn’s disease. The group that applied marijuana oil for eight weeks experienced better quality of life and reduced symptom severity than the group that used a placebo.

In another study, the patients who smoked cannabis cigarettes for eight weeks achieved remission more frequently than those who smoked placebo cigarettes. 

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How Cannabis Relieves Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Cannabis, also known as medical marijuana, has been used as a therapeutic treatment since ancient times. Now, it is gaining popularity for its powerful properties, including its ability to relieve inflammation and decrease pain. 

In particular, cannabis is currently being studied as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder for adults in the United States, which means that treatment is a major shared priority. 

If you or a loved one suffers from Parkinson’s disease, here’s what you should know about using medical marijuana to alleviate unwanted symptoms. 

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Are There Side Effects of Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana has been used for therapeutic and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. In fact, most ancient cultures grew the marijuana plant as herbal medicine. Americans have grown cannabis since early colonial days when hemp was used for textiles and rope. 

Yet the safety of the use of marijuana has been intensely debated over the last few decades, with some people advocating for the health benefits of medical marijuana and others warning of its side effects. 

So what is the truth? Are there side effects of medical marijuana? As with all medications, medical cannabis must be used responsibly and in proper quantities to provide the most benefits and the least side effects. Continue reading “Are There Side Effects of Medical Marijuana?”

How Medical Marijuana Helps with Spinal Cord Injuries

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI), you know all too well the devastating effects it can have on the quality of life. At least 450,000 Americans are living with a spinal cord injury, many with chronic pain that makes daily tasks nearly impossible. 

In the past, only prescription painkillers or surgery existed as treatment options. Now medical marijuana is legal in many states like Florida to help victims of spinal cord injuries manage their pain and live with their condition. 

What Is a Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury most often develops after a traumatic impact, such as a fall or a car accident. The vertebrae in the spine become fractured or compressed, leading to a limited range of motion or even paralysis. Victims of spinal cord injuries experience loss of sensation, function, and range of motion.  Continue reading “How Medical Marijuana Helps with Spinal Cord Injuries”

Is it Legal to Drive When Using Medical Marijuana?

Thanks to the recent legalization of medical marijuana, many Florida residents have finally found the relief they need for conditions like seizures, glaucoma, nausea, migraines, and more.

Unlike CBD, which is the extract of the non-psychoactive component of cannabis for medical use, medical marijuana is the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant used to treat symptoms of illness and disease. This means that medical marijuana does cause the psychoactive effects associated with the “high” of THC.

So is it legal to drive when using medical marijuana? Here is what you need to know before you get your first medical marijuana card from your doctor.

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How Medical Marijuana Helps with Glaucoma

Medical marijuana has been legalized in more than 30 states to treat specific health conditions, including cancer, chronic pain, and seizures. Now, it is also approved to address glaucoma, a serious disease of the eye. If you have already tried conventional glaucoma treatments without luck or if you want a gentler treatment that can still effectively reduce eye pressure, medical marijuana may be the best option
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