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.
- 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.
- Obesity – according to two epidemiologic studies, there is a higher rate of obesity among non-cannabis users.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Crohn’s disease – cannabis strains with higher levels of THC have proven effective at putting Crohn’s disease into remission.
- 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.
- Depression – cannabis works to buffer those with depression from “…the negative consequences associated with loneliness and social exclusion.”
- 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.
- Multiple sclerosis – researchers have discovered that cannabis extract may work to lower the frequency of spasms and diminish immobility caused by MS.