The ability of cannabis to help treat a number of illnesses and ailments reaches a long way
There are many countries that have legalized medical marijuana as they have seen a rise in the use of this plant for medical purposes, as well as recreational ones. There are at least 70 international health organizations that are granting permission for the use of medical marijuana and, by now, the benefits of medical marijuana are almost innumerable. Some of those benefits might still be unknown for many people.
Cannabis has been shown to have a positive effect on Parkinson’s disease, which is a neurological disorder that impacts both the physical and cognitive functions of the body. Cannabidiol (CBD) has shown effective in improving the cognitive function and quality of life of many Alzheimer’s patients; in a 2017 study, people with Parkinson’s disease who used cannabis reported less neurological dysfunction, as well as a better mood and memory capacity.
Patients of Crohn’s disease are also finding relief in cannabis consumption. This is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that comes with abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss and fatigue. There are several recent studies that have shown the therapeutic effect of CBD on IBD and, according to patients’ testimonies, it reduces the associated pain and increases the appetite.
Cannabis can also prevent brain damage and ischemic strokes due to its neuroprotective properties. A 2010 study showed that cannabis might prevent injury-induced ischemic strokes due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In other studies, CBD seems to improve the blood flow to the brain while protecting the brain functioning after an ischemic stroke occurs.
One interesting effect cannabis has is on obesity control. A 2012 study conducted on animals showed that CBD reduces food intake in mice. Another 2018 study observed that CB1 receptors of the body can reduce food intake and body weight. It seems that CBD stimulates this receptor to promote an appetite reduction; therefore, it can control obesity.