Who knew that in the rapidly evolving and technologically advanced 21st Century it would be a plant that would become embroiled as the centerpiece of a fiery debate? From journalists to politicians, health professionals and legislators, all have weighed in on one issue, and have in their wake helped created a media super storm.
This storm, while it works to keep the debate alive, also ensures that the people most in need of the analgesic have the most trouble getting it.
And That Analgesic Is. . .
Marijuana—an issue that sits at the epicenter of an epic debate that has worked up a storm among many social circles.
Should it be legalized for recreational use or should it banned even for medical use? Will legalizing marijuana turn everyone into addicts? Does marijuana have any benefits other than making people high?
Turns out, it does. And one of the many benefits of medical marijuana is its properties which provide pain relief. From chronic pain to depression, a host of complications can be mollified in terms of their harmful effects by the medically administered use of marijuana.
What Can Be Treated With Medical Marijuana?
Cancer and the effects of chemotherapy, all kinds of chronic pain, Crohn’s Disease, depression and anxiety, glaucoma, Hepatitis-C, HIV/AIDS, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s (including Early-Onset), PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), and arthritis are all ailments for which you can use medical marijuana. Of course, it goes without saying that cannabis can’t really treat cancer but it can help reduce the pain involved with it.
Marijuana and Pain Relief
Widely used for chronic pains caused by a number of issues, marijuana has long been used for its properties as a pain reliever. Chronic pain often weakens the body over a long period of time, drains you of energy, and makes you lose interest in your hobbies and occupation. You feel like you cannot focus on your job any longer, that no pleasure remains in your leisure activities, and that your mood has become forever sour. Because at the back of everything is that throbbing chronic pain—ever present, and ever the culprit for deterioration in the quality of life.
Damage to the nerves, arthritis, meningitis, and back pain are some of the commonest pains which have made many across the world their victims. Regular medication and painkillers can take care of the pain, of course, but since they are laced with a heavy dose of opiate, there is high risk of addiction. Many times, improper or accidental dosage of these painkillers has even result in death—which is kind of beside the point, since you were on medication to elude Death in the first place.
How Cannabis Works
The active elements inside the cannabis plant, the Cannabinoids, directly affect your brain. The THC, or the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the 80 different Cannabinoids found in marijuana.
It is this Cannabinoid which makes way for pain relief.
A Deteriorating Health
Cancer, anxiety, depression, stress, and chronic pain all can lead to a person taking little interest in eating. Many lose weight sharply and the adverse effects of malnutrition become evident on their faces and in their bodies.
Accompanying these are the complications of nausea and anorexia, and even Crohn’s disease (an inflammation inside the bowels). Cannabis helps people gain the nutrients they need because it makes people want to eat. It can help people gain weight, although it does not bring about obesity.