4 Key Benefits of Medical Marijuana on Physical and Mental Health

Medical marijuana has many benefits which is why it has become a multi-billion dollar industry with retail sales in the U.S. of $8.3 billion last year and projections to reach almost $12 billion by 2024. 

Since its legalization in California in 1996, the use of medical marijuana has spread throughout the country. And it’s currently approved in 34 states.

In this article, I will look at some of the ways marijuana is being used to relieve symptoms associated with various illnesses and medical conditions.

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With this mind, I created this article all about the benefits of medical marijuana on physical and mental health.

4 Key Benefits of Medical Marijuana

1. Pain Management

Marijuana contains compounds known as cannabinoids which positively affect the body’s endocannabinoid system, helping to relieve pain. Medical marijuana is most commonly used to manage pain by altering the pathways in the brain that perceive pain.

It’s a powerful aid for treating chronic pain for:

  • migraine
  • arthritis
  • endometriosis
  • fibromyalgia

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it may also be effective in treating neuropathic pain in Multiple Sclerosis. It helps to ease stiffness and relax the muscles.

Many MS patients have few options but to rely on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or powerful opiates that can be highly sedative as well as addictive. Marijuana offers a far safer solution without any dangerous side effects. If you suffer from MS, a living well companion can provide peace of mind offering you an extra sense of security and protection.

2. Anti-Inflammatory

Cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical naturally found in marijuana, can reduce inflammation in the body.

It helps to ease symptoms in people who suffer from conditions such as…

  • Crohn’s disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • rheumatoid arthritis

Research shows that increasing numbers of arthritis sufferers are turning to medical marijuana to manage muscle and joint pain. It helps with inflammation of their joints. In fact, 90% claim its effectiveness as a pain reliever. And 40% say it has reduced their reliance on other pain-relief medications.  CBD from marijuana can also be applied topically to arthritic areas for its anti-inflammatory effects.

3. Neurological Disorders

Medical marijuana is a relatively new treatment that could benefit people with degenerative neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Plus, it has proven to be effective in treating:

  • muscular dystrophy
  • multiple sclerosis
  • seizures

It is also sometimes prescribed by doctors to treat the following mental health conditions:

Studies have found that patients with Parkinson’s disease experienced relief of certain motor and nonmotor symptoms by using marijuana. And it has also shown to be therapeutic for some patients when other therapies do not work or are intolerable.

4. PTSD Treatment

Studies have shown that marijuana users experience a decrease in their PTSD symptoms. So much so, many of PTSD sufferers no longer meet the criteria needed for a PTSD diagnosis.

Researchers have also tested patients with a synthetic cannabinoid in order to manage treatment-resistant nightmares in people diagnosed with PTSD. Results showed a significant reduction in nightmare intensity or a complete end of their nightmares. Improvement in quality and duration of sleep was also shown. Plus people experienced a reduction in night sweats and daytime flashbacks.

As this article has shown, there are many benefits from using medical marijuana to ease symptoms from various physical and mental health conditions.

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