Scientists and doctors from all over the globe have examined the effects and interactions of the Cannabis plant on the body. Its potential benefits in certain health conditions are well-established and have been included in the current arsenal to aid with the treatment of minor conditions and serious illnesses.
Integrative medicine is a combination of doctors and specialists from different fields. It combines conventional medicine with alternative techniques such as meditation, breathing techniques and herbal medicine to improve the well-being of patients. It takes into consideration their mental health in addition to physical health. Integrative medicine may include cannabis as an adjunct to treatment. This sort of treatment can help patients live a more fulfilling life. Cannabis can help achieve this goal.
What are THC and CBD?
These abbreviations are for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD). There are hundreds of compounds that can be found in cannabis but these two are the most well known and important chemicals.
THC is the psychoactive phytocannabinoid in cannabis that gets people “high”. It has more pratical applications than intoxicating people. It can help with treating certain pathologies like multiple sclerosis, nausea, vomiting, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, and epilepsy.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a phytocannabinoid with no psychoactive effects. However what it does have is therapeutic properties. Cannabidiol interacts with the human endocrinoid system to regulate homeostasis and act on symptoms like appetite, pain and inflammation, intraocular pressure and muscle control.
Who has already benefited from Medicinal Cannabis?
Patients suffering from serious illness and those whose treatment is not curative are able to benefit from cannabis, particularly if they have had difficulty obtaining satisfactory results with their usual medication.
A commonly cited example would be epilepsy, a condition you’re likely familiar with already. It causes electrical hypersensitivity in the brain. These electrical discharges propagate through the cerebral cortex and can manifest as seizures.
Research has shown that medicinal cannabis can be effective in treating patients who are unable to take current medications. It also has an anticonvulsant effect. Patients suffering from intractable epilepsy such as Dravet Syndrome and Lenoxx-Gastaut experienced a 39% reduction in seizures after they tried cannabis based medication. This was even after they were refractory against two or more anticonvulsants.
Autism is a disorder that affects social interaction, communication and emotion, behavior changes, and social interactions. In more extreme cases, they may even have aggressive episodes or seizures in some cases. Whether autism is something that should even be treated is up for debate. However cannabidiol can certainly assist with anxiety and agitation. The seizures associated with autism can also be reduced by using CBD as medication.
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects central nervous system and interferes with brain functions. This causes vision and balance changes, as well as muscle weakness. It also makes it difficult to move around and can cause pain and discomfort. The first ever legal cannabis based medicine has been developed to treat multiple sclerosis symptoms. Patients reported that their spasms were improving after the first month.
Anorexia refers to the inability to eat due to certain serious illnesses. It is often associated with weight loss and cachexia, such as in Tuberculosis, AIDS, and cancer. THC is shown to increase appetite and promote weight gain. This is a common association with recreational cannabis users. It is often referred to as the “munchies”. This property of the substance can be used to help those suffering from Anorexia.
Chronice pain is a condition that is difficult to treat with current medications and often requires the use of adjuvant medication to manage symptoms.
Chemotherapy is used to treat various types of cancers at different stages. Some reactions can be severe and even fatal. THC lowers side effects like nausea, vomiting, loss appetite, dizziness, and dizziness. It acts as a palliative therapy for patients with terminal or advanced cancer.