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Medical Cannabis and the Conditions It Can Help Alleviate

Medical cannabis is now legal in many areas such as in Maryland, with many stores offering it to those who can legally obtain cards. Here are some medical issues that medical Cannabis has been known to help alleviate.

Medical Cannabis Treatment: Cachexia

Cachexia is a disorder that causes you to lose weight and muscle. It is a “wasting” illness in that it makes your body fat and muscles waste away. It happens when people are reaching the end of a dangerous illness like kidney disease, cancer, or HIV among others.

It’s categorized primarily by involuntary weight loss. Their body is experiencing extreme duress and the body’s metabolism changes as a result. For example, in the situation where someone has cancer, the tumors can reduce the patient’s appetite and cause them to burn their body fat and other parts faster than what would happen naturally.

According to the Journal of Cancer, it’s mentioned that recent studies have shown that THC can help to restore appetite in patients suffering from cachexia. Medical Cannabis can activate cannabinoid receptors all over the body in order to help regulate metabolism and the appetite reflex in people. More research needs to be done on the topic, however. Some studies even indicated that there might be a direct antitumor effect from cannabinoids found in medical Cannabis.

PTSD Treatment

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is famously resistant to treatment. Some studies have indicated that recovery rates are as low as 8 percent. Using traditional methods, the average from many multiple studies was only 44 percent.

However, medical cannabis may offer new hope for those suffering from the condition. PTSD is a mental illness that occurs after an individual has experienced a traumatic event. This could be a car crash, a fire, an accident, or just about anything else that produces a high level of stress.

In some cases, the trauma could be ongoing over many years, such as those who suffered at the hands of an abuser or military personnel who were in traumatic situations constantly due to being in a warzone. The anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, uncontrollable shaking, and other symptoms can quite literally ruin someone’s life.

However, some studies have indicated that medical cannabis could be the key. This is because the endocannabinoid system is one of the natural parts of your body responsible for suppressing stress from flashbacks, memories, and nightmares. This system can be damaged due to traumatic events, partially leading to the PTSD condition.

By taking medical cannabis, you are raising the levels of cannabinoids in the body, aiding the endocannabinoid system. In specific, patients with PTSD often have lower levels of a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which is one of the primary endocannabinoids produced naturally by your body.

Medical cannabis can essentially replace the loss of this neurotransmitter which is responsible for reducing depression and the effects of bad memories. These cannabinoids help to turn off your traumatic memories along with all CB1 cannabinoids.

Helping to Reduce Nightmares, Insomnia, and Other Effects

Other studies indicate that cannabis can help reduce the symptoms from nightmares or even prevent them from happening in the first place. PTSD often creates vivid dreams of intense stress that makes it so that it’s difficult for patients to sleep since they are in a constant state of hyper-alertness.

In one study, there was a reduction in patients having nightmares by around 72%.

Medical cannabis has been shown time and time again to increase wellness in PTSD sufferers, reducing many of their symptoms including helping them feeling calmer, helping them feel less anxiety, reducing their tendency to be overly alert, and making it easier for them to sleep.

Eating Disorders and Others

One of the cannabinoids found in cannabis, known as CBD, has an effect that can help suppress appetites. It can also help reduce the anxiety and stress associated with eating disorders to a considerable degree. Also, it’s possible to get different strains of medical cannabis that have a higher THC count, which has been known to help with appetite instead. It is a versatile plant in that way.

According to the NCBI, cannabis has shown some promise for treating many different disorders including eating disorders and others. This includes anorexia, for example. It also includes Alzheimer’s, dementia, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Tourette syndrome, and other various mental health troubles like psychosis.

Many of these disorders include trouble with pain or anxiety, and cannabis is often rated as excellent for helping relieve these conditions. By helping a patient remain calmer and pain-free, patients dealing with the anxiety associated with eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia will have an easier time coping and recovering from the conditions.

Many eating disorders happen because a patient feels anxiety and stress related to eating food in some way. If this stress is eliminated or severely reduced by cannabis, then the condition will often ease in its severity.

Treating Pain and Stress

Another highly positive aspect of this is the fact that medical cannabis can often be substituted for other substances that those suffering from these conditions may have been taking instead. The possibility of using different strains of cannabis-based on the condition also makes it much easier to match a strain to the problem that you want to treat.

For example, strains with increased CBD are often chosen to help with pain and anxiety especially.

Getting Started

Fortunately, there are places you can go now to legally obtain the cannabis you need to help relieve the symptoms of your condition, almost no matter what it is. There’s no reason to hesitate in getting a card and getting out to a location that sells what you need near you.

For more information about getting help with PTSD, eating disorders, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, nausea, muscle spasms, glaucoma, cachexia, and just about any other condition that causes pain and anxiety, please make sure that you go ahead and contact us today.

We have all of the expertise required to help you find exactly what you might need with one on one consultations.