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What Illnesses are Treatable with Medical Cannabis?


What Illnesses are Treatable with Medical Cannabis?

Below are 11 diseases (…aside from cancer and chronic pain) that, according to various studies, are treatable using medicinal cannabis.

  1. HIV – while this is still in the animal trial phase of research, regular doses of THC can modify T-cell count and decrease the damage to immune tissue.
  2. Obesity – according to two epidemiologic studies, there is a higher rate of obesity among non-cannabis users.
  3. Brain inflammation – tricky to treat with pharmaceuticals due to damaging side effects, brain inflammation can be treated more effectively with THC and CBD neuroprotective antioxidants.
  4. Autoimmune disease – chronic inflammation is a typical symptom of autoimmune diseases. Research has shown THC to work at a DNA level to help reduce autoimmune reactions.
  5. Heart disease – research has determined that a single ultra-low dose of THC before ischemia is a safe and effective treatment that can reduce myocardial ischemic damage to the heart.
  6. PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder causes an imbalance of cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which animal research has proven to be controlled by using cannabis.
  7. Crohn’s disease – cannabis strains with higher levels of THC have proven effective at putting Crohn’s disease into remission.
  8. Alzheimer’s – cannabis therapy has shown some promise at working to undo the degenerative effect of Alzheimer’s while existing treatments work to target the disease’s symptoms.
  9. Depression – cannabis works to buffer those with depression from “…the negative consequences associated with loneliness and social exclusion.”
  10. ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) – research has shown that cannabis use may work to correct imbalances in the endocannabinoid system that coincides with neurological degeneration.
  11. Multiple sclerosis – researchers have discovered that cannabis extract may work to lower the frequency of spasms and diminish immobility caused by MS.

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