Maneka Gandhi, the Women and Child Minister has suggested marijuana legalization in India due to it’s medicinal properties. While, you might wonder how marijuana helps as a medicine, here we share some health facts –
Medicinal marijuana encompassing the active chemical, THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is known for its therapeutic effect against an array of illnesses. Pervasive, extensive and venerable, it has a positive impact on Autonomic Nervous System and helps the patient to improve the overall quality of life.
With huge curative and a myriad of health benefits, the drug also has the potential to relieve you from dreadful diseases like Cancer, Aids, Alzheimer’s, Asthama and Chronic pain.
Smoking marijuana helps your body with muscle relaxation. An excellent remedial drug, medicinal marijuana helps individuals who suffer from muscle twitching or tightness frequently by reducing the possible pains and aches.
It is also beneficial in treating arthritis and muscular dystrophy as it helps the patient with inflammation. Further, it acts as a sleeping aid for them and also increases the quality of their sleep by reducing all the pain.
Several diseases including HIV, Colitis and Cancer show symptoms of decreased appetite with the patient losing significant weight. Losing weight for patients suffering from these diseases is a hindrance in their recovery process.
However, medicinal marijuana due to its ability to stimulate the body’s metabolism comes as a relief because it increases the appetite. It has the knack to bring about the food pang in a patient’s body, motivating him/her to eat. Marijuana also serves as an excellent drug for dialysis patient and people suffering from anorexia.
Slow Downs Tumor Growth
Studies have revealed that medical marijuana helps in slowing down the facsimile and also the production of cancerous cells in the body. Depending upon the type of tumor and its growth, the drug comprising the element THC has been seen to either slow down (brain and lung cancer) or inhibit the growth of tumor cells (breast cancer).
Many of the dreadful diseases like Aids, Chronic nausea, Crohn’s disease, Glaucoma, Hypertension, Migraines and treatments like chemotherapy has symptoms of nausea and vomiting, marijuana effortlessly helps in decreasing nausea and augmenting the quality of a patient’s life by making him/her more receptive to the treatment.
Additional Advantages of Medicinal Marijuana
Medicinal marijuana acts as an excellent painkiller and helps the patient to cope up from various neurogenic and chronic pain. It prevents Alzheimer’s, seizures, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, post traumatic stress, treats ADD and ADHD, sports and spinal cord injury, relieves Premenstrual Syndrome and calm those with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette’s.
Disadvantages of Marijuana Intake
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) warns possible drawbacks from medicinal marijuana like immune suppression where the patients’ losses its ability to fight from an infection, cognitive tribulations such as short-term memory loss and also impairment of learning and judging ability.
Evidence furthermore hints that marijuana users are at a greater risk of suffering from a heart attack. The use of marijuana can also lead to long-standing drug obsession.
Despite having tremendous benefits, medicinal marijuana is still illegal in various countries including India. Marijuana legalization although very significant often faces objection from various segments of society mainly because it is believed that marijuana if legalized will be misused by many people, especially the adolescent.