More and more people are opening up to marijuana as a medical treatment for various diseases. However, it goes without saying that a large portion of the global population is still clinging to the negative stigma of marijuana. While this is a sad pejorative, it’s perfectly understandable. After all, marijuana use got its bad name and merited prohibition because people started abusing it. And, at this point it’s hard to deny that it’s an exploitable plant. Not surprising at all since it is that potent, to begin with, this, of course, brings us back to the original point of marijuana being an effective means of treatment. If necessary, it can be regulated. But ultimately, everyone has to acknowledge that it has its place in the medical industry. Here are some examples of how marijuana helps patients.
- Reduce pain and inflammation.
There are numerous options for medicine when it comes to inflammation. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are effective in their own right. However, they bring risky side-effects along especially in high doses. For a person who needs to take lots of anti-inflammatory medicine, chugging down capsules of NSAIDs is not an option. It’s downright risky and, in all honesty, deadly. By using marijuana, patients can expect reduction of pain and inflammation without the scary side-effects of the likes of mefenamic acid or ibuprofen. Admittedly, too much marijuana has side-effects as well. And this side-effect is actually what stoners go for. Nevertheless, for a person who is suffering from an inflammation, this side-effect is actually a welcome one.
- Improves sleep.
A lot of people these days are not able to get the right amount of sleep. Sometimes because of the circumstances they’re in and sometimes because of their own devices. The latter is becoming more common because of technology. It’s easier to stay up late at night if there’s always something to do on the Internet. Regardless of what the reason may be, using marijuana helps considerably in inducing sleep. It’s generally known to have a calming effect. But not only that, its compounds also make sure that the quality of sleep itself is nothing short of refreshing. Interruptions of REM are going to be less likely if a reasonable amount of marijuana is taken.
- Cut back on harmful addictions.
Sometimes, it takes one addiction to break the other. However controversial marijuana may be, its addictive nature is only similar to that of coffee. It’s more on the psychological side of things rather than physiologically altering the body to need certain substances, which is a huge advantage of using marijuana in place of harmful substances as well as alcohol. The side-effects of marijuana are dwarves in contrast to the gigantic problems from drinking too much alcohol and smoking tobacco.
The key to convincing other people that marijuana isn’t always the bad guy is by using it responsibly. MMJ Canada and other sites are spearheading the practice of responsible dispensing and use of marijuana, regardless of whether it’s to be used for medical treatment or responsible recreational purposes.