10 Medical Uses For Marijuana

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Here are 10 illnesses that are currently being treated with medical cannabis in various countries and US states:

1. Depression

Common prescription antidepressants like Prozac and Zoloft may have several possible adverse side effects, such as decreased libido, sexual dysfunction, and weight gain or loss.

2. Nausea

Marijuana settles the stomach and promotes a healthy appetite and hydration.

3. Glaucoma

Glaucoma can be treated using eye drops that fight intraocular pressure. However these substances often lead to blurred vision. Marijuana has the same effect but without the nasty side-effects.

4. Insomnia

Anti-insomnia medications can cause nightmares and addiction as well as leaving you groggy in the morning. On the other hand, a good strain of indica marijuana will simply put you to sleep.

5. Asthma

Marijuana has been known to relieve inflammation in airways, alleviating the symptoms of asthma.

6. Heart disease

Studies in mice show that smoking marijuana can counteract the clogging of arteries associated with heart disease and heart attacks.

7. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Again, instead of antidepressants that can lead to sexual difficulties, nausea, and sleep issues, marijuana not only relaxes but also helps fight PTSD related nightmares.

8. Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s is an incurable disease characterized by the deterioration of a person’s memory and, later on, cognitive function. Right now, there are several drugs that are used to slow the onset and development of the symptoms. Marijuana can reduce inflammation associated with Alzheimer’s disease and prevent cell death in the brain.

9. Erectile dysfunction

Marijuana naturally increases blood flow in the body.

10. Chronic pain

Analgesics like aspirin or opiates are not healthy when used for extended periods of time and can even be addictive. Marijuana enhances analgesic drugs and helps relieve pain naturally.