Diseases for which medical marijuana may be indicated
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
* Gastrointestinal disorders
* Hepatitis C
* Human Immunodeficiency Virus
* Multiple sclerosis
* Rheumatoid arthritis
* Sleep apnea
* Tourette’s syndrome