While many people commonly use marijuana for recreational purposes, it has also been in the spotlight recently for its many potential medical benefits. In fact, more than two-thirds of US states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and continued research is revealing more ways that it may be able to ease symptoms and provide relief for millions.
Before you can reap the medical benefits of marijuana, however, you will first need to apply for a medical marijuana card. This is a registered identification card that can be used to either purchase marijuana from a medical dispensary or a delivery service, or even grow your own at home. Of course, the laws around obtaining a card and what is required may vary between states, so it is a good idea to look into this first.
Read on to find out how medical marijuana may be able to help you.
Managing chronic pain
For sufferers of chronic pain, long-term use of pain medication can often lead to a variety of side effects that can be just as distressing as the original issue. While medical marijuana may not be free from side effects entirely, it has been found to be helpful in providing pain relief for a number of issues, including arthritis, migraines and endometriosis.
Marijuana may also help to reduce inflammatory pain, such as with rheumatoid arthritis, and with far fewer side effects than some medicines, it can greatly improve quality of life.
Poor or disrupted sleep, insomnia and other sleep disorders are some of the most common issues faced in the US, with over 50 million Americans facing one type of sleep problem or another. Marijuana is well known as a relaxant, and can aid better and more restful sleep far more gently, in comparison to other medicated sleeping aids.
Improved sleep can have a beneficial effect on other issues too, such as weight management, pain relief and energy levels during the day.
Relieving neurological disorders
Extensive research has been carried out into the medical use of marijuana to help with some neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. While studies are still on-going, some patients have found that using marijuana has helped reduce some of the associated symptoms of these diseases, by reducing pain, anxiety and stress levels, and nausea.
It is important to remember that when treating a neurological disorder, the potential side effects of marijuana use may also adversely impact your symptoms, so it is essential to get professional advice first.
Mental health support
Medical marijuana use has been found to improve mental health for some users. Most often, its relaxing properties have helped people living with anxiety and depression to find relief, and the associated benefits of the drug may also help to improve the overall quality of life. However, long-term use of marijuana has also been found to potentially worsen some psychiatric conditions, such as psychosis, so it is wise to consider all the alternatives first.