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Diseases for which medical marijuana may be indicated

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Healthbolt is running a very useful series on marijuana, and this morning’s post is particularly helpful in collecting diseases for which cannabis might be helpful:

With any drug, it is important to determine whether or not the medical benefits outweigh the side effects.

This is something that really hasn’t happened with marijuana, especially in the United States. So focused is the federal government on highlighting and studying the negative implications of marijuana usage, they all but ignore the fact that marijuana also possess a number of medical uses. These medical uses, documented throughout history, include reducing nausea, pain, and severe discomfort.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the few studies around that did focus on the medicinal benefits of marijuana looked predominantly at its ability to alleviate disease symptoms such as the nausea caused by chemotherapy.

It is only more recently that studies have focused on marijuana as a drug that might have the potential to alter disease progression. As a result, there is an increasing body of published scientific literature looking at the therapeutic use of marijuana to treat the following diseases…

* Alzheimer’s disease
* Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
* Diabetes mellitus
* Dystonia
* Fibromyalgia
* Gastrointestinal disorders
* Gliomas
* Hepatitis C
* Human Immunodeficiency Virus
* Hypertension
* Incontinence
* Multiple sclerosis
* Osteoporosis
* Pruritis
* Rheumatoid arthritis
* Sleep apnea
* Tourette’s syndrome

Further Reading:

Medical Cannabis

Top 10 Pros and Cons on the Medical Marijuana Debate

Marijuana as medicine: Consider the pros and cons

Written by LeisureGuy

20 February 2008 at 8:52 am

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  1. We would like to introduce ourselves Compassion Associates.We would
    appreciate any feedback you could offer us about our cause to promote medical
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    Mark Bowman

    1 July 2010 at 1:14 pm

  2. I have worked in the medical field for over 20 years. I started smoking marijuna when I was 14 hrs old with friends. Turned 24 and decided that I wanted to quit smoking so I did. At the age of 26 I started haviing difficulties with my vision. Went to the eye doctor and he prexcribed me eye glasses that did not seem to help. At the age of 27 I walk into a different eye doctor and he starts running alot of test on me. He sent me to a specialist which diagnosed me with Stargarts disease at the age of 27. So confused and depressed at the time because everything I had read said it starts at an early age. So I decided to start back smoking marijuna and it was very hard to hide while trying to keep my job but I found that it HELPED!!! My vision had got worse while I wasn’t smoking so I tried for my disabily and got it. I am a reguar smoker know because every exam I have taken since then my vision has not deminished. it stayed the same. I still drive with restricted license but i think Stargarts diseas should be on the list for medical marijuna. I don’t know why I was invited to smoke with my friends and certainly didn’t know that marijuna would give me a chance to continue seeing with the vision I have left. I know that marijuna is the medicine I need to continue to keep the vision I have today. Stargardys disease need to be labeled for medical use of marijuna

    JDF

    22 October 2013 at 9:26 am


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