After decades of being regarded as an illicit substance, marijuana is now being re-evaluated on a cultural and legal basis. Even though its consumption has not been legalized in India, there is a strong movement for allowing it for medical purposes. Cannabis sativa has a long history as a medical plant, with records indicating that it has been used for over two millennia. In India, it has been consumed for centuries, both for recreational and medicinal purposes. So what exactly are some of its medical benefits?
Effect on body
Before we go into the medical benefits of marijuana we must understand how it affects our bodies. Cannabis contains CBD, a molecule that affects the brain and improves its function without causing a high, as well as THC, which has pain-relieving effects. Short path distillation can be used to extract and improve both chemicals. Short-path distillation is a small-footprint purification technology that is ideal for laboratory applications where space is limited.
Relief of chronic pain
Cannabis contains hundreds of chemical components, many of which are cannabinoids. Because of their chemical nature, cannabinoids have been linked to delivering relief from chronic pain. As a result, cannabis by-products like medicinal cannabis are frequently utilized to treat chronic pain. Anecdotal evidence and a growing body of clinical studies support the use of cannabis for the alleviation of certain types of chronic pain, such as neuropathic pain and spasms associated with multiple sclerosis. Adult patients with chronic pain who were treated with cannabis/cannabinoids were more likely to report a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms, according to the National Academies of Sciences.
Improves lung capacity
Marijuana does not impair lung function—at least not in the doses inhaled by the majority of users. Even though Previously we have known Cannabis and tobacco had similar long-term effects as both cause chronic bronchitis. However, a study discovered, unlike cigarettes, smoking cannabis does not hurt your lungs. Cannabis actually helps the lungs expand their capacity rather than harming them.
It's unclear why tobacco appears to be so much more hazardous than marijuana, especially because the smoke contains identical chemicals. THC, one of the herb's main active cannabis oils, is known to have anti-inflammatory qualities, which may aid to relax the lungs. Part of the enhanced capacity was attributed to pot smokers' habit of taking deep breaths while smoking.
According to cannabisMD.com, research suggests that using cannabis can aid with blood sugar stabilization, nerve irritation prevention, long-term blood pressure reduction, keeping blood vessels open, and increasing circulation. Cannabinoids may also be more effective than existing diabetes medications, according to research. According to a study conducted by The Diabetes Council, CBD can help persons with Type 1 diabetes avoid or delay the beginning of the condition.
Doctors sometimes recommend marijuana to treat the following neurological and mental health issues because of its effects on the limbic system. The limbic system is a component of the brain that controls our behavioral and emotional reactions, particularly when it comes to survival behaviors. Cannabis, when used in a controlled dose and in the right method, can help users relax and feel less anxious.
- multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Tourette syndrome
Glaucoma causes increased pressure on the eyeball, which is painful for those who suffer from it. Individuals with glaucoma may find that cannabis can assist lessen the pressure applied to the eyeball, providing some brief relief. Cannabinoids or marijuana reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) as well as most standard glaucoma treatments, according to several clinical investigations. This is true whether the cannabinoids are taken orally, intravenously, or inhaled, but not when they are directly applied to the eyes.
Oral cannabinoids appear to be useful against chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and some small trials suggest that smoked marijuana may also help with these symptoms. Some cancer cell research suggests that cannabis may either reduce or stop the growth of some cancers. Early human research, on the other hand, demonstrated that while cannabinoids are a safe medication, they are ineffective at treating or curing cancer. Marijuana has been shown in certain studies to assist cancer patients to boost their appetite.
Many people with epilepsy claim that marijuana helps them stop having seizures, although there is little scientific evidence to back this up. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of cannabidiol (CBD)-containing a drug to treat two uncommon, severe, and specific kinds of epilepsy, known as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in June 2018. In a 2017 study, CBD was found to cause significantly fewer seizures in children with Dravet syndrome when compared to a placebo.
Reduces hepatitis C-related adverse effects
Hepatitis C treatment involves a number of adverse effects, including nausea, exhaustion, melancholy, and muscle aches. For some hepatitis C patients, these symptoms can continue for months. Cannabis can assist to decrease the treatment's adverse effects while also increasing its effectiveness. Cannabis appears to control inflammatory and fibrotic processes in the liver, which is hopeful for treating hepatitis C virus symptoms, according to recent preclinical and population research.