Medical Marijuana for Pain and Depression

Marijuana is one of the most beneficial and  therapeutically active substances known to man.

Medical Cannabis refers to the  use of the drug cannabis as a physician-recommended herbal therapy, most  notably as an antiemetic.

Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for approximately 4,000 years.  Writings from ancient India confirm that its psychoactive properties were  recognized, and doctors used it for a variety of illnesses and ailments. These included a whole host of gastrointestinal disorders, insomnia, headaches and as  a pain reliever frequently used in childbirth.

In the 1970s, a synthetic version of THC, the primary active ingredient in  cannabis, was synthesized to make the drug Marinol.

Due to the prohibition of marijuana however; it’s use as a medicine is  restricted. However, recent Canadian government legislation have made it more  available to patients. Patients are now able to apply for personal possession  and even a limited cultivation license.

Few herbs offer a wide variety of  therapeutic applications like these:

Relief of muscle spasms

Relief of chronic pain

Reduction in interlobular pressure inside the eye

Suppression of nausea

Weight loss – increase and restore metabolism

AIDS – Marijuana can reduce the  nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting from the condition itself and the medications  as well.

Glaucoma – Marijuana relieves the  internal eye pressure of glaucoma, and therefore relieving the pain and slowing  or even stopping the condition.

Cancer- Many side effects of the  medication to stop cancer can be relieve with Marijuana, some studies suggest  that Marijuana tends to slow down the progress of some types of cancer.

Multiple Sclerosis – Muscle pain,  spasticity, tremors and unsteadiness are some of the effects caused by the  disease that can be relieved by Marijuana.

Epilepsy – in some patients,  epileptic seizures can be prevented with Marijuana use.

Chronic pain – Marijuana helps to  alleviate the pain caused from many types of injuries and disorders.

Anxiety, Depression or Obsession –  Even though mild anxiety is a common side effect in some users, cannabis can  elevate your mood and expand the mind

“With the expansiveness that occurs with  marijuana, the subject may begin to notice infinite possibilities to raise the  quality of his/her life that would otherwise have remained hidden from normal,  defensive consciousness. And feelings of health and happiness naturally lead to  hope, which of itself can be curative.” – Joan Bello

Many obsessions or quick fixes to psychological problems can be eleviated by  Marijuana as well. Many people eat because they’re depressed. If the depression  is treated, the obsession to eat should be gone as well.

Any of these phycological conditions can be treated by a psychiatrist;  marijuana should be an alternative therapy, used in conjunction with psychiatric  therapy.

Physical Addictions

There have been testimonies from opiate users that report an easing of  addiction cravings. Some cannabinoids in cannabis are believed to have similar  effects as ibogaine, a medication used to treat heroin addiction.

The cannabinoids in Marijuana mimic the healing effects of a naturally  occurring chemical in the brain called Anandimide. However, this naturally  occurring cannabinoid also produces the negative effects that one would  experience from high concentrations of cannabinoids in marijuana.

Medical marijuana can also benefit you  psychologically and spiritually.

Marijuana can be used to enhance personal Spirituality. The herb tends to  reveal your true self. It uncovers inner confusion and reveals your true  direction – if you let it. Marijuana offers an effect that is both energizing  and relaxing at the same time. This balanced effect will help some to think more  clearly and more efficiently afterwards.

“Marijuana will not tolerate repression.  Tranquillizers and depressants relax the body and release tension, but the state  of mind associated with these drugs is “unconsciousness” whereby we escape  rather than resolve our dilemmas. Alcoholism is an extreme need of both the body  and personality sometimes to release the nervousness that has accumulated and  continues to build up to an unbearable degree. It serves the same function for  the collective personality for the society, as well A culture in which alcohol  and tranquillizers are the prevalent form of release prefers not to witness  internal confusion and actually choose to act without conscious participation,  maintaining a semi-numb condition.” – Joan Bello

“Marijuana can act as the loosening agent,  so that whatever has been banned from consciousness may come cascading forth. To  uncover our deceptions without our usual rationalizations can be unpleasant, an  experience that has turned many psychologically fragile individuals away from  marijuana despite its therapeutic catharsis.” – Joan Bello.

Cannabis also acts as an antispasmodic and anticonvulsant and is indicated  for neurological conditions  such as epilepsy especially complex partial seizures, multiple sclerosis, and  spasms. As an analgesic and an immunomodulator it is indicated for conditions  such as migraine, arthritis, spinal and skeletal disorders.

As a broncho-dilator it is beneficial for asthma. It also reduces the interocular pressure and is indicated for glaucoma.

Recent studies have shown the drug to be efficacious in treating mood  disorders and mental health issues such as depression, post traumatic stress  disorder, clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder,  and bipolar disorder.

It is also indicated for premenstrual syndrome, hypertension, and insomnia.  It is also reported to be an effective treatment for constipation and alcohol  hangovers.

A pharmaceutical product, Marinol, is widely available through prescription.  It comes in the form of a pill and is also being studied by researchers for  suitability via other delivery methods, such as an inhaler or patch. The active  ingredient of Marinol is synthetic THC, which has been found to relieve the  nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy for cancer patients and to  assist with loss of appetite with AIDS patients.


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