Marijuana is medically prescribed for a reason – it has incredible benefits to the ailing human body. Naysayers may dispute the power properties of pot but those people are, in a word, wrong. Cannabis can – and does – help with a number of medical conditions.
Nausea is a condition where a person feels like they are going to throw up. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t but it can prevent someone from eating and enjoying a comfortable life. Whether this condition is brought on by a 24-hour bug or cancer treatments, cannabis is well known for its nausea relieving abilities. If you are having tummy troubles, smoking even a little weed can help you feel some peace.
Insomnia affects a person’s ability to sleep. Sometimes they can make it to the bed but not pass out for hours, if at all. Anyone who has smoked a heavy indica, or eaten just the right dosage of edibles knows that cannabis can and will knock you right out. It is a beautiful thing for an insomniac to be able to lay down in bed at night, close their eyes and actually fall asleep. It sure beats Ambien, which has been known to create “Ambien Zombies” that do way more than just sleepwalk while they should be peacefully snoozing. One (hilarious) article details one flight attendant’s multiple run-ins with Ambien Zombies who she says “are probably nice, normal people who just want to get a little sleep on an airplane. Then they choose to take Ambien for the first time on a big metal tube hurtling through the sky after they throw back a couple of cocktails.”
Glaucoma is a medical condition in which the optic nerve in the eye is affected and ultimately causes loss of vision. In the meantime it can cause severe headaches, blurry vision and enormous pressure on the eyeball. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has published research that shows cannabis lowers intraocular pressure – a painful side effect of glaucoma. When the people that teach this stuff admit cannabis helps, people listen up. Even actress, talk show host and cannabis company owner Whoopi Goldberg came out of the cannabis closer to profess her love for her vape pen and its ability to ease her issues associated with glaucoma.
Epilepsy is defined as, “a disorder of the nervous system, characterized either by mild, episodic loss of attention or sleepiness (petit mal) or by severe convulsions with loss of consciousness (grand mal).” Plainly said, people with epilepsy have seizures, sometimes many times a day. Anyone who contests marijuana’s efficacy in preventing seizures hasn’t seen the news in the last ten years. The Epilepsy Foundation isn’t shy about recommending cannabis as an option for those who have no other options left, “When conventional treatments do not work, as is the case for roughly 30% of people with epilepsy, it is not unreasonable to consider cannabis.” The Foundation does stray from talking about THC too much and focuses more on CBD as a treatment – but you have to start somewhere.
There are at least 100 different kinds of arthritis, which is a medical condition in which a person suffers from joint pain, stiffness and/or disease. As with most disorders cannabis is prescribed for, the studies are slim when it comes to cannabis and arthritis. It is not because cannabis doesn’t help the issue, it is because the federal government is still not really okay with allowing scientists to study the plant. With that said, the New York Times reported last year that marijuana has been linked to and widely accepted as a way to achieve arthritis relief.