The Medicinal Benefits of Marijuana
Medical marijuana is seen by many as an alternative medicine alongside acupuncture, aromatherapy, and herbal therapy. The drug is known to alleviate the symptoms of certain sicknesses through its soothing and hallucinogenic properties.
Marijuana affects two receptor types in the human body: the CB1 receptors found in the brain, periphery, and spinal cord; and the CB2 receptors found in the immune system. Marijuana intake induces the production of endocannabinoids, which then interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors. This interaction produces a euphoric state for the user, dulling the senses to pain and other symptoms.
These other symptoms include nausea and vomiting, which cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy typically experience. Marijuana also relieves appetite loss, particularly in patients who have HIV/AIDS; but does not appear to have any significant effect on the appetite of patients in advanced stages of cancer. Medical marijuana also relaxes muscle tension, and lessens spasms of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS); and higher dosages of the drug are said to be able to relieve chronic pain.
Finally, medical marijuana has also been reported to relieve anxiety and sleep disorders such as insomnia. The drug’s relaxing effect is also known to create a better sense of well-being, improve one’s mood, and help one get a restful sleep.