While the popularity of medical marijuana has continued to abound, some are still unclear on what the benefits of the substance is for patients with one of the conditions that have been approved as eligible on any of the different states’ lists. There are a wide range of applications for medical dosing, and users often report significant improvement in the occurrence of their symptoms and frequently reduced intensity of pain or other discomfort. Here’s a brief look at some of the approved uses of medical marijuana.

Pain Management

One of the leading approved uses is for reducing the intensity of pain, especially in users who have recurring or regular back pain. The history of medical cannabis shows that it was even used back in the 1800s as a pain reliever, says a recent CNN story. In a study cited by the article, 56 participants in a trial reported an average 30 percent reduction in pain severity, providing further evidence of the substance’s benefits.

Appetite Stimulant

Another use has been for patients who suffer from nausea or disinterest in eating as a result of another condition. This has been particularly useful for treating the side effects of chemotherapy notes a recent Medical Daily article. The article also points out that dronabinol and nabilone, two FDA-approved medications for treating nausea and digestive issues of chemo patients, are actually synthesized from THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

Inflammation

Medicinal cannabis has also been used to treat inflammation issues, like arthritis-related joint swelling and pain. CNN notes in its report that two studies found benefits for users with arthritis – the first showing a reduction in patients’ arthritic pain and increased restfulness of their sleep, while the second reinforced the reduction in aches and pains for users.

Neurodegenerative Diseases

Neurodegenerative maladies, such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease have all also been approved in many states for medical cannabis treatments. In each of these cases, treatments have shown improvements in the symptoms of these patients. For Parkinson’s patients, Medical Daily cites a study of 22 users who all saw their tremor symptoms reduce through usage, while patients with MS also saw a reduction in their inflammation issues as well as declined muscle stiffness. Studies are ongoing, and there is also some hope that treatments will continue to improve to reduce other issues that are connected with problems within the nervous system and other nerve cell communication symptoms.

Blood Pressure

Lastly, glaucoma is one of the diseases that have been approved for medicinal treatments in many states due to the positive benefit that cannabis treatments have shown in reducing ocular pressure. High eye pressure is one of the causes of glaucoma, and reducing that pressure can mean the difference when it comes preventing potential vision-threatening issues.  

This is far from a comprehensive list, and the rules from state to state vary dramatically in terms of what is an acceptable condition. Of course, you should also consult with a doctor regarding any recommended course of action before starting any treatment regimen to figure out the right approach for you.

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