Over the last decade research on the uses of medical marijuana and how it can benefit certain conditions has provided some fascinating results. This has prompted countries around the world to begin legalising medical use of cannabis therefore adopting the belief that marijuana has its place in the medical industry. Below is a list of some of the conditions reviewed and how marijuana may be able to help them.
Last year the National Academies of Sciences in the USA assessed the results of 10,000 separate case studies done on medical marijuana and its effects. With Chronic Pain being one of the leading causes of disability within the US this was one of the main focuses of the review. The review found that marijuana or more specifically anything containing cannaboids – which are the compounds found in marijuana such as THC and CBD – were effective in relieving pain by acting on the brains pain receptors and in some cases by relieving symptoms such as arthritis by reducing inflammation.
What are the best strains for Chronic Pain?
Strains that contain both CBD and THC are thought to be the most effective in relieving pain because both of these compounds act simultaneously in different ways on the body.
A great strain for pain relief is Harlequin which is a cross between the famous Northern Lights and Harlequin, the result is a strain that has roughly 13% THC and 11% CBD.
Recent studies show that the use of cannaboids taken orally, this would typically mean either in the form of edibles or in oils, reduces nausea and vomiting which is often caused by Chemotherapy. Other studies also show a link in the use of cannaboids and the slowing of cancer cell growth, however further studies concluded that even though cannaboids can in some cases slow and treat cancer, it is not effective alone in controlling or curing cancer.
Epilepsy and marijuana have been at the forefront of medical marijuana news recently, particularly in the UK where the use of medical marijuana products have now been legalised for a child who suffered with epileptic seizures after the home secretary was advised by his advisory council on the Misuse of Drugs that marijuana has therapeutic benefits. This information is certainly not new, a major study in 2017 found that a marijuana compound called cannabidiol could relieve the seizures caused by some forms of epilepsy. The study was carried out on 120 children with a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome and on average it reduced the number of seizures by less than half, some of them completely stopped having seizures altogether. However the study did also find that around 9 out of 10 of the children did experience some side effects such as nausea and fatigue.
Depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder
A recent study published in Clinical Psychology Review looked at all of the scientific studies that had been carried out to investigate the link between the use of marijuana as a treatment for mental illnesses. The study found evidence that suggests that marijuana can be used as an effective treatment for mental illness such as depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder by relaxing and improving mood.
What strains should I use for medical marijuana?
Whilst there are over 100 different cannaboids found in marijuana the two most well know are delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise know as THC and Cannabidiol otherwise know as CBD.
THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that effects the brain most making you ‘high’, whereas CBD is considered the non psychoactive ingredient that usually lessens the effect of THC to reduce the psychoactive effects on the brain. Both CBD and THC are known to have pain relieving and relaxing effects so a combination of the two is very effective. At Marijuana Seed City we stock a wide variety of strains for all uses, have a look at our recommended medical strains.