Medical marijuana is a trending term in 2017 with many states legalizing the plant for recreational and medical purposes, it wasn’t long ago that even the thought of a marijuana user carried connotations of drug abuse and addiction. Now we’re starting to understand the many benefits of this wonderful plant and integrate it into our established medical fields. Marijuana has proven benefits such as pain relief, decreased anxiety, and the ability to stop epileptic seizures and enhance appetite. It’s even been proven to stop the spread of cancers! This is just a short list on the many uses of marijuana. Let’s take a look at some of the studies that have been going on in 2017.
Legalizing Medical Marijuana Reduced Opioid-Related Hospitalizations
In a study done at the University of California, researchers concluded that the introduction of medical marijuana-related policies had a direct impact on the number of opioid related hospitalizations seen. The reason for this correlation wasn’t expressed specifically, but could be due to giving the patients an alternative to their opioid based medication.
90% of Adults Who Use Marijuana to Treat Epilepsy Find Success
The treatment of epilepsy was one of the first known benefits of marijuana. Though not effective for every case, an Australian study has found that marijuana is effective in treating 90% of patients looking to find relief to their condition.
CBD May Help Treat Alcohol Abuse Disorders
In a study done by the Addiction Biology journal, CBD is found to help in reducing the possibility of relapse in alcohol abuse cases. CBD is a chemical found within medical marijuana known as Cannabidiol, which is also employed in producing CBD Oil. The study has only been tested on mice in a two bottles fashion where they have the ability to choose between two liquids, alcohol and not. The mice treated with CBD turned to the bottle a lot less than their ethanol infatuated cousins.
CBD Useful in Treating Anxiety and Substance Abuse Related Disorders
Similar to the study above, this study performed at the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham claims the cannabidiol in medical marijuana reduces the recollection of fear based memory while suppressing the formation of new fear based memories thus defeating anxiety and it’s coping mechanisms before they even start!
Researchers Find Cannabinoids Can Treat Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin disease that resembles a scaly rash. The Tehran University of Medical Sciences claim that the cannabinoids in medical marijuana help treat psoriasis by stopping it where it starts, inflammation and angiogenesis. This is a win win situation for psoriasis sufferers, reducing their inflammation and joint discomfort and reducing the appearance of the scaly itchy rash associated with the disease.
As you can see, 2017 has been a great year so far in terms of medical marijuana advancement, and this is just the beginning. Now that states are legalizing the plant, it gives the medical field much more freedom to explore and research the potential medical benefits of marijuana. We look forward to seeing many more breakthroughs and potential uses for marijuana and the cannabinoids it houses.