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Medical Marijuana to the Rescue of Patients

‘Epidiolex’ – The first non-synthetic cannabis drug approved by FDA plays a crucial role in treating two forms of severe childhood epilepsy – Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome.

Years of struggle and research has opened new doors for the treatments of many conditions with the help of medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana has the power to offer a new ray of hope to the patients suffering from shattering illnesses. After a detailed research, doctors and scientists have found ways to treat many diseases with the help of medical marijuana.

Here are 5 of the severe illnesses that can be treated with the help of medical marijuana in the near-future –

 CHRONIC PAIN

Be it a patient who is suffering from the effects of arthritis, inflammation, or chronic pains, medical marijuana helps in minimizing those strong painful symptoms.

It was one of the pain-relief medications that people used in 1800’s.

The cannabis-based medicine approved in Canada and some European countries – Sativex have shown positive results for the multiple sclerosis patients and are used to treat cancer pain. The report of National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine states that medical marijuana or cannabinoids help people come back to life by reducing the symptoms of pain.

LENNOX-GASTAUT SYNDROME AND DRAVET SYNDROME

The first fruit-flavored cannabis medication approved by FDA – Epidiolex plays a crucial role in treating two forms of severe childhood epilepsy – Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome. This cannabinoid medication is a savior for patients suffering from this epilepsy and shows effective consequences in reduction of the seizure frequency.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Medical Marijuana helps the patients with multiple sclerosis and prevents core symptoms like muscle spasms, pain, tremors and stiffness.

A study conducted by 22 institutions in the UK found that 29% of patients who took the help of medical marijuana had improved symptoms, as compared to patients taking placebo who only reported 16% positive effect. This research helped doctors realize the importance of cannabis-based medications to help the patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. They saw a positive effect in improvement of muscle movements with less pain.

CANCER

Studies show that cancer patients who took cannabinoid medication and underwent chemotherapy saw positive effects. They were five times less likely to experience nausea compared to the patients who were given a placebo.

Studies also show that medical marijuana helps in killing and stopping the growth of some cancer cells. THC – an element present in marijuana recovers the influence of radiation on cancer cells and thus, helps in the treatment.

INSOMNIA

Medical Marijuana helps people with difficulty in sleeping by providing them deeper and restful sleep. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana acts as a sedative and decreases REM sleep so you spend more time having deep sleep.

Cannabinoid based medications are effective to fight insomnia and improve sleep disturbed by medical issues like sleep apnea, fibromyalgia or Multiple Sclerosis.

Thus, we see how medical marijuana is bringing a positive effect in various illnesses and understand the significance of legalizing it for the betterment of patients suffering from the diseases.

 

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