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Top 10 Diseases Where Medical Marijuana Has Impact

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TOP 10 DISEASES WHERE SMOKING WEED HAS IMPACT

Medical Marijuana used in recreational settings shows weed smokers benefit from it. So here are the top 10 diseases where use of marijuana can be benefited.

  1. AIDS/HIV

Also known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome / Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

Scientists believe that the HIV started with a certain type of chimpanzee  in Central Africa which carries Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (the chimpanzee version of aids) .

Human hunted the chimpanzees for meat and came into contact with their infected blood that transformed into HIV.

Research shows that people with AIDS/HIV who smoked marijuana have better sleep, gained appetite, have better moods and showed less neuropathic pain.

  1. Alzheimer’s

This is a disease caused by brain cell death. This disease is also known as the most common type of DEMENTIA or the loss of mental ability due to the increasing death of cells in the brain.

Although, studies show that it is common on people 65 of age and older, approximately 200,000 individuals are under the age of 65. Someone develops this disease in every 67 seconds in the US.

Smoking marijuana and some of the plant’s chemicals have been used to help patients with Alzheimer gain weight and it also lessens some troubled or nervous behaviours of the patients.

Researchers found it slowed the development of protein deposits in the brain which scientists think may be a part of what causes Alzheimer’s although no one really knows what causes the disease.

  1. Arthritis

Arthritis  is informally known as joint pain or joint disease.

There was a study made on 58 patients who uses the by-product of marijuana found that they had less pain and that they can sleep better. Another review of studies said that marijuana may help fight pain-causing inflammation.

  1. Asthma

Is a “chronic inflammatory disease of the airway” that causes shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, coughing and wheezing.

Studies are contradicting, but some early finding suggests that it reduced exercise-induced asthma.  Other cell studies showed that smoking weed could dilate human airways, but some patients experienced tight feeling on their chest and throat.

  1. Cancer

Is a name given to a collection of related diseases which can start anywhere in the body which is made up of trillions of cells.

As a normal process, human cells prow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them and when cells grow old or become damaged, they die and new cells take place.

When cancer develops, this orderly process breaks down. As cells become old or damaged, they survive when they should die and new cells form when they are not needed. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form growths called TUMORS.

Animal studies show that some marijuana extracts may kill cancer cells and some other cell studies show that it may stop cancer growth. With mice, THC improved the impact of radiation on cancer cells.

Smoking marijuana can also prevent nausea on chemotherapy patients.

  1. Chronic Pain

Is a pain that lasts longer than 6 months. Signals of pain remain active in the nervous system and can also last for years. Chronic pain has impact on both physical and emotional state of a person.

The physical pain felt by the body, in the long run can cause depression, anger, anxiety and fatigue which interact in complex ways with chronic pain making it worse and can decrease the body’s production of natural pain killers; to add up, such negative feelings may increase the level of substances that extend sensations of pain, resulting to a dangerous cycle of pain for the person.

People widely used cannabinoids for pain relief in the 1800s due to some animal and human studies which show that cannabinoids have a substantial analgesic effect.

Other medicine based on cannabis such as “SATIVEX” are being tested on patients with multiple sclerosis and used to treat cancer pain. This drug has been approved in Canada and in some European countries. Scientists also show a 30% in reduction in pain involving 56 human patients who smoked weed.

  1. Crohn’s disease

An inflammation that develops anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract (GI), from mouth to anus.

In a small initial study of 13 patients observed over three months, they found that inhaled cannabis did improve life of people with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.  It helped ease pain, limited the repetition of diarrhea and helped with appetite.

  1. Epilepsy

This is a common brain disorder characterized by recurrent seizures.  Varied as 2 or more seizures diagnosed based on the description of episodes; person’s medical and family history and results of diagnostic tests.

Trials conducted at NYU Langone Medical Center showed a 50% of reduction in the frequency of certain seizures in 213 patients (children and adult) who took medical marijuana extracts.

  1. Glaucoma

Is a group of eye diseases which result in damage to the optic nerve and vision loss.

This is one of the main causes of blindness.

Researches proved that THC’s effect on this disease and found that it can lower eye pressure. It may also lower blood pressure, which could harm the optic nerve due to reduced blood supply. THC can also help preserve the nerves.

  1. Multiple Sclerosis

This is a disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. This happens when the immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body. In the long run it can cause nerves themselves to decay or become constantly damaged.

There is no known cure for MS. Using marijuana or some of the chemicals in the plant may help avoid muscle spasms, pain tremors and stiffness. Side effect on a study involving 20 patients is that it may harm memory.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/15/health/marijuana-medical-advances/

https://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/what-is-hiv-aids/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/159442.php

http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/what-is-arthritis.php

http://www.asthma.ca/adults/about/whatIsAsthma.php

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/what-is-cancer

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/understanding-pain-management-chronic-pain

http://www.crohnsandcolitis.ca/site/c.dtJRL9NUJmL4H/b.9012447/k.9287/Crohns_Disease.htm?gclid=CKLf-IqU_M8CFcRcfgod6zUBBA

What is Epilepsy?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaucoma

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-sclerosis/home/ovc-20131882

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