Can Medical Marijuana Help Me?

Can Medical Marijuana Help Me?

Its a question we get dozens of times each day.  Can medical marijuana help me?

Given limitations on the ability to do research, scientific results are tough to find.  That said, many are reporting about the successes of their findings. Medical marijuana can work differently for individual people.  We'll continue to gather info when we find it.

One of the most commonly reported effects of cannabis is a sense of physical relaxation, so it may not come as a tremendous surprise that many patients seek medical marijuana for chronic pain.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States purchase cannabis because they say they experience chronic pain. Beyond these anecdotal stories, there is some scientific research that seems to support the benefits of medical marijuana for people who have chronic pain.

A study published by the official journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada set out to determine whether or not medical marijuana provides pain relief. The research examined people with noncancer pain and set out to determine therapeutic dose, adverse effects, and more.

The research reports that "all experimental sessions in the studies were of short duration (maximum of 5 days) and reported statistically significant pain relief with no serious side effects."

 

Can Medical Marijuana Help With Insomnia?

Many people tell stories about how cannabis makes them tired or helps them sleep, but actual research is more moderate in its conclusions. Some studies suggest that marijuana may help people get to sleep.

For example, this study concludes, "consumption of medical cannabis flower is associated with significant improvements in perceived insomnia with differential effectiveness and side effect profiles, depending on the product characteristics."

The study presents self-reported data from people who suggest statistically relevant reductions in symptoms of insomnia.

On the other hand, some studies suggest cannabis may be disruptive to sleep. One important thing to consider is that different medical marijuana strains are commonly associated with different experiences.

For example, Sativa strains are generally discussed as "daytime" strains, while indica strains are considered to be more appropriate for consumption at night.

We look forward to additional research about whether or not specific strains can produce desirable results related to insomnia.

 

Are There Benefits of MMJ for Multiple Sclerosis?

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides a diplomatic comment about medical marijuana:

"The National MS Society supports the ability of people living with MS to make informed choices about their treatments with their MS health care providers, including the use of medical cannabis.

Recognizing that additional research is still needed, we are evaluating ways we can remove the barriers to allowing research on medical cannabis at the federal level. We advocate legalizing medical cannabis at the state level."

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society bases its position on medical marijuana mainly on research published by the American Academy of Neurology. That research describes THC as "probably ineffective for reducing both objective spasticity measures and MS-related tremor symptoms." Although that outlook is not exceptionally positive, the same article does say, "THC is probably effective for reducing patient-reported symptoms of spasticity and pain."

 

Does Medical Marijuana Help With Alzheimer's?

Given the destructive nature of Alzheimer's disease, scientists are eager to uncover definitive proof about whether or not the benefits of medical marijuana may include neuroprotective properties. A 2018 publication from Science Daily says, "Alzheimer's disease, however, compounds found in marijuana, such as the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), may improve memory and mitigate some of the disease's symptoms."

This quote comes alongside more cautionary language that "marijuana exposure in the womb or during adolescence may disrupt learning or memory, damage communication between brain regions, and disturb levels of key neurotransmitters and metabolites in the brain." As with any other condition, patients with Alzheimer's disease need to consult with their doctor about the potential benefits of medical marijuana.

 

Can Medical Marijuana Help Me? - Epileptic Seizures

Although CBD can help with epileptic seizures, studies have found that whole-plant remedies (that include THC) can be more effective at reducing the frequency of seizures.  Read more from Marijuana Moment.

 

Can Medical Marijuana Help Me? - Mental Disorders

A number of new scientific research studies are discovering that cannabis may be an effective treatment for symptoms of some mental disorders. Scientific tests are being launched to understand how CBD might be able to provide relief to patients. The goal is to find safe treatment for illnesses.

 

Can Medical Marijuana Help Me? - Cancer and Parkinson's Disease

Studies are finding that not only are seniors taking many medications, but they may also be able to replace pharmaceuticals with cannabis.  Many ailments, like cancer and Parkinson's, have symptoms that are effectively being treated by cannabis.

 

Can Medical Marijuana Help Me? - Psychosis

A recent Forbes article details a study showing that CBD might help the brain reset the symptoms of psychosis.  The exact causes of psychosis are not known, but some believe that it can be triggered by any mental illness, trauma, substance abuse, extreme stress, and potentially even a  lack of sleep.  It was a small study, and a larger one is being conducted to validate findings.

Other Conditions That May Qualify for Medical Marijuana

  • Acquired hypothyroidsm
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Acute Gastritis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • ADD other
  • ADD w hyperactivity
  • ADD w/o hyperactivity
  • Adrenal Cortical Cancer
  • Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
  • Agoraphobia
  • AIDS Related Illness
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Alopecia 704.0x
  • Amphetamine Depend
  • Amyloidosis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Amytrophic Lateral Sclero
  • Angina pectoris
  • Ankylosis
  • Anorexia
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Arteriosclerotic Heart Dis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis, Degenerative
  • Arthritis, post-traumatic
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid
  • Arthropathy, Degenerative
  • Arthropathy, gout
  • Asthma, unspecific
  • Atrophy Blanche
  • Autism/Aspergers
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Back Sprain
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Brain malignant tumor
  • Brain Trauma
  • Bruxism
  • Bulemia
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer, site unspecified
  • Cardiac conduction disorder
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Cerebral Aneurism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical Disk Disease
  • Cervicobrachial Syndrome
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth
  • Chemotherapy Convales V
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Obst Pulmo Dis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Cocaine Dependence
  • Colitis
  • Colitis, Ulcerative
  • Colon diverticulitis
  • Color Blindness
  • Compression of Brain
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Darier’s Disease
  • Dentofacial anomaly pain
  • Depression
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Diabetes Adult-Onset
  • Diabetes Adult-Onset Uncontrolled
  • Diabetes Insulin Depend.
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Ophthalmic Disease
  • Diabetic Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Diabetic Renal Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Drusen of Optic Nerve
  • Dumping Syndrome Post Surgery
  • Dupuytens Contracture
  • Dyslexic Amblyopia
  • Dysthymic Disorder
  • Eczema
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrom
  • Emphysema
  • Endometriosis**
  • Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syn.
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Epididymitis** 604.xx
  • Epilepsy(ies)
  • Erythma Multiforma
  • Felty’s Syndrome
  • Fibromyagia/Fibrositis
  • Fore Arm/Wrist/Hand
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia
  • Gastritis
  • GastroEsophgeal Rflx Dis
  • Genital Herpes
  • Glaucoma
  • Glioblastoma Multiforme
  • Grand Mal Seizures
  • Graves Disease
  • Hemiparesis/plegia
  • Hemophilia A
  • Henoch-Schoelein Purpur
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis-non-viral
  • Herpetic infection of penis
  • Hiccough
  • Hip
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Huntingtons Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperventilation
  • Hypoglycemia(s)
  • Impotence, Psychogenic
  • Insomnia
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Synd.
  • Ischemic Heart Disease 411.X
  • IVDD Cerv w Myelopathy
  • Jacksonian Epilepsy
  • Knee, ankle & foot injury
  • Limbic Rage Syndrome
  • Lipomatosis
  • Lower Back Pain
  • L-S disk disorder sciatic nerve irritation
  • Lumbosacral Back Diseas 724.x
  • Lupus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Lympho & reticular cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Major Depression, Recurring
  • Major Depression, Single Episode
  • Malignant Melanoma
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Mastocytosis
  • Melorheostosis
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Menopausal syndrome
  • Migraine(s) 346.x
  • Migraine, Classical
  • Mononeuritis lower limb
  • Motion Sickness
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis
  • Multiple joints pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Myeloid leukemia
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Nail patella syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Nephritis/nephropathy
  • Neurasthenia
  • Neuropathy
  • Nightmares
  • Nonpsychotic Organic Brain Disorder
  • Nystagmus, Congenital
  • Obesity, exogenous
  • Obesity, morbid
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Opiate Dependence
  • Optic neuritis
  • Organic Mental Disorder hd inj
  • Osgood-Schlatter
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Other arthropod bone disease
  • Other CNS demyelinating
  • Other Skin Cancer
  • Other spinal cord disease
  • Pain, Ureter
  • Pain, Vaginal
  • Pancreatitis
  • Panic Disorder
  • Paralysis, unspecific
  • Paraplegia(s)
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Paroxysmal Atrial Tach
  • Patellar chondromalacia
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Dis
  • Pemphigus
  • Peptic Ulcer/Dyspepsia
  • Peripheral enthesopathy
  • Peritoneal pain
  • Persistent Insomnia
  • Peutz-Jehgers Syndrome
  • PMS
  • Pneumothorax, Spontaneo
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Porphyria
  • Post Cardiotomy Syndrome
  • Post Concussion Syndrome
  • Post Polio Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • Post W.E. Enephalitis
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostatitis
  • Pruritus, pruritic
  • Pschogenic PAT
  • Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Psychogenic Dysuria
  • Psychogenic Hyperhidrosis
  • Psychogenic Pain or Pylorospas
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pylorospasm Reflux
  • Quadriplegia(s)
  • Radiation Therapy E
  • Raynaud’s Disease
  • Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy
  • Regional Enteri & Crohns
  • Reiters Syndrome
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Rosacea
  • Scleroderma
  • Scoliosis
  • Sedative Dependence
  • Senile Dementia
  • Severe & persistent muscle spasms
  • Severe nausea/vomiting
  • Severe/chronic pain
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Shoulder Injury Unspec
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Spina Bifida Occulta
  • Spinal mm atrophy II
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Strabismus & other binoc
  • Sturge-Weber Disease
  • Sturge-Weber Eye Syndrome
  • Stuttering
  • Substance abuse
  • Syringomyelia
  • T.M.J Syndrome
  • Tenosynovitis 727.x
  • Tension Headache
  • Testicular Cancer or Torsion
  • Thoracic Outlet Synd
  • Thromboangiitis Obliteran
  • Thyroiditis
  • Tic disorder
  • Tietze’s Syndrome
  • Tinnitus
  • Tobacco Dependence
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Tremor/Invol Movements
  • Trichotillomania
  • Ureter spasm calculus
  • Urethritis/Cystitis
  • Uterine cancer
  • Vertebral dislocation unspecific
  • Viral B or C Hepatitis, chronic
  • Whiplash

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Can Medical Marijuana Help Me?

Medical Marijuana a Promising Treatment for Cancer

A study by the Bratislava Medical Journal concluded that "in addition to the symptomatic therapy of cancer patients, the ANTI-TUMOR effects of natural alternative medicines (whether used alone or in combination with other cancer therapies) have promising potential in the treatment of cancer patients."

CONCLUSION: In addition to the symptomatic therapy of cancer patients, the antitumor effects of cannabinoids (whether in monotherapy or in combination with other cancer therapies) have promising potential in the treatment of cancer patients. More clinical trials are needed to demonstrate the antitumor effect of cannabinoids (Tab. 1, Fig. 1, Ref. 167).

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