Cannabis is an extremely safe and effective medication for many patients with chronic pain. In stark contrast to opioids and other available pain medications, cannabis has the best safety record of any known pain medication (no deaths attributed to overdose or direct effects of medication).
Thankfully, marijuana is becoming more mainstream. In the United States, more than 20 states have legalized it in some form, and several others are mullin...g relaxing their pot laws. Four states and Washington, D.C. allow recreational marijuana. Nineteen states allow it for medical purposes, and 14 have decriminalized it.
Here are just a few of the medicinal powers of marijuana:
Weed can be used to treat Glaucoma. It can help control epileptic seizures. It also decreases the symptoms of a severe seizure disorder known as Dravet's Syndrome. A chemical found in marijuana stops cancer cells from spreading in the lab. THC may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease and decrease anxiety. The plant eases the pain of multiple sclerosis. It lessens side effects from treating hepatitis C and increases treatment effectiveness. Marijuana treats inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's disease. It relieves arthritis discomfort. Pot soothes tremors for people with Parkinson's disease. Marijuana helps veterans suffering from PTSD. Naturally occurring cannabinoids, similar to THC, help regulate the system that causes fear and anxiety in the body and brain. Marijuana also protects the brain after a stroke, by reducing the size of the area affected by the stroke.
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