How Medical Marijuana Helps Suffering Patients

For decades, marijuana has earned a negative reputation for being a gateway street drug which would inevitably only lead to other, harder drugs like cocaine or heroin. However, in recent studies and professional circles, marijuana is beginning to be seen in a new light.

Marijuana is being considered a natural, herbal remedy to ease medical symptoms and ailments, to help patients through physical pain as well as mental or chemical imbalances. If you are living within Canada, you can apply for a medical marijuana license if you visit this website and see how they can help wade through the paperwork. So, with this positive light on marijuana being shed, here are some ways marijuana can ease the suffering of many patients of different ailments.

Increases Appetite

In any movie where the characters have smoked marijuana you will see a series of jokes played out on how they start craving junk food with a severe case of the munchies. We all laugh it off and watch as the next gag is shown, however there is some truth to the increase in hunger that marijuana can invoke. The reason is that the use of marijuana affects receptors found throughout our body, more specifically a receptor called CB1. This receptor not only helps us to realize when we are hungry but also helps us to enjoy the food we eat much more. So for patients having no appetite or interest in food or even experiencing nausea, medical marijuana may help them get back to eating and nourishing their bodies again.

Pain Relief

There has been much debate about whether or not marijuana truly aids in pain relief, however, recent scientific research has shown that it indeed helps. Not only has it been found to decrease pain levels, but it is also less likely for patients to become tolerant of like with opiates. For chronic pain sufferers this is great news. It means they will still get the same level of pain relief months down the road as they felt in the beginning. Marijuana can relieve pain in nerve damaged patients, those with back problems and also cancer patients suffering with pain.

Mood Enhancement

It goes without saying that if you are experiencing chronic pain and suffering, it is difficult to feel happy or joyful. So with pain relief comes a lighting of the patient’s mood. It is often found that those suffering with long-term illnesses can fall into a depression and marijuana use can help prevent that from happening. Again, marijuana works to change how naturally occuring receptors in our brains function, allowing patients to feel more relaxed and less anxious and reduce depressive states. In some patients, anxiety may increase but this can be better controlled by proper dosage through a medical professional.

Sleep Pattern Regulation

Using marijuana can sometimes have users experiencing drowsiness and a state of complete relaxation which may slow their movements and actions. However, in many cases, it can help patients to sleep more soundly and fall asleep more easily. Patients often find that they return back to their sleep patterns from prior to their illnesses and with this improved sleep they can better function throughout the day.

Sexual Desire and Function

This is often taboo amongst patients suffering from terminal illnesses or mood disorders but sexual dysfunction and lack of desire is very real. If a patient is taking prescription anti-depressants, the side effects are often a lower sex drive. Taking medications like Viagra aren’t effective in this case since it only deals with the physical aspect of dysfunction and it is obviously not going to help women. Marijuana can actually increase ones sexual desire and function, bringing back a very missed aspect of life. This adds to overall mood and feeling of well-being as well.

Overall

While the above effects can improve the quality of life for patients suffering with a variety of ailments, there are even more benefits to medical marijuana use. For example, having a professional oversee the course of treatment means that proper doses are given and optimum results can be achieved. Patients may experience an improvement in their overall sleep patterns, as well, since their pain is relieved, they feel better in terms of their mood and have been able to eat better.

References:

http://learnaboutmarijuanawa.org/factsheets/appetite.htm

http://www.doctoroz.com/article/marijuana-effective-opiates-treating-pain

http://www.howtousepsychedelics.org/marijuana/

https://inhalemd.com/massachusetts-medical-cannabis-guide/using-medical-marijuana-to-treat-sexual-dysfunction-caused-by-mental-disorders/