For thousands of years, humans have enjoyed the benefits of medical marijuana. And it’s no wonder, since cannabis can have a profound positive effect on chronic pain, mood, and much more.
But, like any treatments, there can be side effects and concerns about usage.
Today we’re breaking down the health benefits, uses, and side effects of medical cannabis.
Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana
Medical cannabis has long been popularized for its wide range of health benefits. These include:
- Help nausea
- Increase appetite
- Improve chronic pain
- Improve focus
- Manage insulin
- Manage mood
- Promote sleep
- Treat inflammation
- Treat seizures
Uses & Treatment with Medical Cannabis
Most commonly, medical marijuana is used for chronic pain relief. While it can’t help severe pain, chronic (and more subtle) pain is an excellent use of cannabis.
In general, marijuana is safe for users and certainly a safer, less addictive option than opiates. It’s also a better option than NSAIDS (like ibuprofen and aspirin) for those who can’t use them due to kidney or ulcer issues.
In addition, cannabis allows users to continue living life in a way they’re accustomed to, without feeling “out of it” like opiates tend to make users feel.
More specific uses of cannabis include treatment of:
- Crohn’s disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
Side Effects of Medical Marijuana
Again, as with all treatments, there are certainly side effects that you should be aware of as a new (or existing) cannabis user.
Cannabis affects everyone differently, but here are some potential side effects to be aware:
- Depressant effects
- Hallucinogenic effects
- Opioid-like effects (with fewer risks than opiates)
- Stimulating effects