Few herbs offer the incredible array of therapeutic effects provided by use of medical marijuana. Marijuana (cannabis) has been in use around the world for thousands of years, for both its psychoactive properties and for treatment of a wide variety of illnesses and ailments. Practitioners of traditional medicine have for centuries utilized the THC found in cannabis leaves, oils, and marijuana smoke to treat complaints such as insomnia, headache, gastrointestinal disorders, and even the intense pain of childbirth.
Today, medical marijuana is prescribed by licensed physicians to treat an ever-growing list of ailments; including muscle spasm and tremors, chronic pain, intense nausea, glaucoma, and decreased metabolism. Many cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, as well as patients taking other nausea-inducing medications, take medical marijuana to combat nausea side effects. Cannabis can also ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, hypertension, constipation, and even hangovers from over-consumption of alcohol.
Medical marijuana has a wide array of beneficial effects on different systems in the body. Because cannabis acts as an antispasmodic and anticonvulsant, it is often prescribed for patients with neurological conditions such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis; its analgesic and immunomodulator capacities make it a widely used treatment for migraine, arthritis, and spinal disorders; and it is beneficial for asthma patients for its bronchodilatory effects. Some cannabinoids in the drug are also believed to help ease addiction cravings, such as those suffered by heroin users.
Recent studies have also shown marijuana to be effective in the treatment of mental health issues and mood disorders. Patients suffering PSTD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, clinical depression, and a variety of anxiety disorders can experience greatly decreased symptoms with the use of cannabis. The drug is also prescribed to ease the chronic pain and improve quality of life for terminally ill patients.