More than 30 states in the U.S. presently allow medical marijuana but not all of them provide the same qualifying conditions for medicinal cannabis. Some allow it for almost every situation that it can possibly benefit, while others are more limiting. But there are some conditions that are accepted almost everywhere in the U.S. Here are the ten most common purposes for medical marijuana use:
1. Neurodegenerative Disease
Endocannabinoids are a promising method for therapeutic use in different aspects of neurodegenerative diseases since they stimulate the self-protective endogenous system of the brain and counteract oxidative stress. Research on cannabinoid medication in relation to neurodegenerative diseases may help prevent the development of these diseases.
Patients with neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s, and Huntington’s are often allowed medical marijuana but it’s rare for states to allow medicinal cannabis for all of these conditions.
2. Chronic Pain
Pain treatment is the main reason people use medical cannabis. New research found that the majority of people who use medical marijuana, do so to treat chronic pain. The study’s data provides evidence that medical marijuana is a safer alternative to prescription opioids for managing chronic pain. More and more states realize the dangers of prescribing opioids and are allowing doctors to provide medical marijuana pain treatment.
Cannabinoids are an important class of complex compounds that have a promising healing potential for cancer treatment. Almost all states that allow medical marijuana provide it for cancer patients. Medical cannabis helps treat the pain caused by cancer, as well as other symptoms related to it such as nausea caused by chemotherapy.
4. Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders
In epilepsy research, medical cannabis garnered attention in terms of its pharmacological properties. Epilepsy and other seizure disorders are conditions that almost every state allows medical marijuana for use. Many states without medical marijuana still allow CBD oil for treating epilepsy and similar conditions.
More and more studies are showing that cannabis can help people with post-traumatic stress disorder eliminate severe symptoms. Reviews of patients with PTSD suggests that the synthetic cannabinoid has beneficial effects beyond its official indication in decreasing nightmares that persist during treatment with conventional remedies. As a result, states are allowing medical marijuana use to treat it since many military veterans are advocating for it.
6. Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that interrupts the connection between the brain, the nerves, and the body. This causes pain, insomnia, inflammation, muscle spasms, and more. Those conditions can be treated with medical marijuana, so it’s very effective at treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Glaucoma which affects 3 million Americans is characterized by high pressure within the eye. This is a complicated eye disease that damages the optic nerve over time, can decrease peripheral vision and cause blindness. For decades the only way to control glaucoma and lower pressure within the eye has been medication or surgery, but this changed.
Glaucoma was one of the first diseases that doctors said can benefit from medical marijuana. Now many ophthalmologists say patients should only use non-smokeable forms of cannabis to treat glaucoma and eliminate symptoms.
Last updated December 24, 2019