From mythological Gods, to Indian priests and religious festivals, marijuana or Bhang has been around for thousands of years. So famous is cannabis in India and Nepal that it becomes an essential part of certain religious festivals and people just can’t do without it.
And why not? It is a completely natural substance and its addiction rates are lower than alcohol, prescription pills, and even sugar. As the third most popular recreational drug in the US, millions of American people use it on a regular basis.
Marijuana is being used extensively today for medical purposes to treat various life-threatening diseases with positive results. Drugs containing marijuana are being prescribed by doctors to patients suffering from AIDS and cancer, to stimulate their appetite and prevent nausea due to chemotherapy treatments. Oral sprays containing cannabis plant extracts are also being used to counter unmanageable pain for the treatment of multiple sclerosis muscle spasticity.
Studies have shown that marijuana helps decrease pressure inside eyes and can thus, be used to treat and prevent glaucoma – an eye disease which increases pressure in the eyeball and can damage your eyesight.
A study published in the Journal of Medical Association states that marijuana does not impair lung function and can even increase lung capacity. It is also shown to prevent epileptic seizures with positive results even in cases of the rare Druvet Syndrome.
Active research and results are also showing hope for cancer patients as the use of cannabis may lead to the possibility of controlling the spread of cancer. As a relaxant, it is effective in patients with anxiety disorders and even in cases of autism.
Strains of marijuana have also shown to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and various forms of muscle spasms.
Further medical research in this field holds the possibility of discoveries that may help millions of people suffering from these diseases on a daily basis. The abuse of any substance is harmful. This is true for all such things which may lead to addiction. However, the medical positives of marijuana are hard to deny and it’s about time we are more open to the concept of medical use of cannabis to protect and improve lives of many.