About Medical Marijuana

Throughout recent decades, hundreds of clinical studies have demonstrated that cannabis effectively treats, prevents, or in some cases cures, many debilitating illnesses and symptoms.

Florida alone, where the right to choose medical marijuana is up for vote for a second time in November 2016 after narrowly missing in 2014, is home to more than 1.25 million people suffering from diseases and ailments for which it is a viable and effective treatment. When ingested safely, medical marijuana, also known as cannabis, is one of the most useful known medicines for a range of conditions, including:

Cancer – Medical Marijuana has been shown to stimulate the appetite and alleviate nausea and vomiting, which are common side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

Depression, Anxiety & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – A 2011 study found that medicinal marijuana users have lower levels of depressive symptoms than those who have never used marijuana.

Glaucoma – Medical marijuana can prevent blindness from glaucoma by decreasing the pressure inside the eye. Research found that marijuana was effective in lowering eye pressure when ingested orally, intravenously or by inhalation.

Diabetes – Medical marijuana has been used to lower insulin levels in diabetics. A 2010 study found that “the current marijuana users showed fasting insulin levels that were 16% lower than those of former or never users, along with a 17% reduction in another measure of insulin resistance as well.”

Epilepsy and Seizures – In December, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved research into efficacy of medicinal marijuana in treating pediatric epilepsy. A strain called “Charlotte’s Web” is named after a 7-year old epileptic patient who inspired the research.

Chronic Pain – Medical marijuana has the ability to alleviate chronic, often debilitating, pain cause by myriad disorders and injuries including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and migraines. The effects “are several hundred times more powerful than that of aspirin.” Because medical marijuana acts as such an effective pain medication, it can be used with and reduce use and dependence on opiate-based medications, which have highly addictive side effects.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – Medical marijuana has been shown to limit the muscle pain and spasticity caused by the disease, as well as relieving tremor and unsteadiness of gait. MS is the leading cause of neurological disability among young and middle-aged adults in the U.S.

Additionally, medical marijuana has been effectively used to treat:

AIDS/HIV
Anorexia
Hepatitis C
Arthritis
Sleep Apnea and Insomnia
Migraines
Mental Health
Autism
Asthma
Gastrointestinal Disorders
Chronic Pain
And many other conditions

Promising new research is already discovering new uses for medical marijuana in a variety of ailments:

Alzheimer’s Disease – Medical marijuana has shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s by blocking an enzyme that is behind the progression of the disease. It also prevents “protein clumps that inhibit cognition and memory.”

Aggressive Cancer & Leukemia – A 2012 study by the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute found that a marijuana compound “can stop metastasis in some kinds of aggressive cancer.” Last year, a similar study found that certain non-psychoactive cannabinoids “resulted in dramatic reductions in cell viability that caused a simultaneous arrest at all phases of the cell cycle in leukemia cells.”

Medical Marijuana has a remarkable safety record, particularly when compared to other therapeutically active substances. Most significantly, the consumption of marijuana — regardless of quantity or potency — cannot induce a fatal overdose, according to a review prepared for the World Health Organization.

According to a 2014 WebMD/Medscape survey, a majority — 67% — of doctors say that medical marijuana should be legalized nationally and 69% believe that it can deliver very real benefits to patients.

It is estimated that nearly 25% of all medical marijuana patients are military veterans. States such as New Mexico have declared Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) as a viable ailment for a medical marijuana prescription.

In a 2010 survey by the Foundation for a Drug Free World, over 80% of patients experienced pain relief when using medical marijuana. For chronic pain patients, one of the most unpleasant aspects of traditional treatment is the long-term use of opiods. Medical marijuana can replace or reduce the use of opiods in chronic pain treatment.

The cannabis plant contains hundreds of compounds that create analgesic, anxiolytic, anti-psychotic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiemetic, anti-fungal, anti-mutagenic, antibiotic, sedative, euphoriant, immune potentiator, antipyretic, cytoprotective and AChE inhibitive properties.