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Medical marijuana, top uses

Updated on January 27, 2016

Medical marijuana overview

Medical marijuana has hundreds of diseases that it treats and even cures. Some of the diseases are less known ones but below is a list of the top five most common diseases that it treats/cures!

Cancer

Medical marijuana is prescribed very often for people with cancer and those going through treatments for cancer. Marijuana has been tested on cancer cells and it has made the cell shrink. This means that there could possibly be a cure for cancer found inside the marijuana plant. It's prescribed for people going through the cancer treatments because it helps reduce the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. There is much promise for cancer in the marijuana industry.

Alzheimer's

The use of medical marijuana on people with alzheimer's disease has showed some very promising results. It helps with the effects caused by this disease, helping patients gain weight and calms down aggression. Some studies have also shown that marijuana inhibits the production of certain proteins in the brain. Some studies have led scientists to believe that these proteins are what causes alzheimer's in the first place. In other studies is shows that frequent marijuana users have had less severe alzheimer's, none at all, or it progresses slower.

Glaucoma

This disease is one of the leading causes of blindness due to pressure on the optic nerves. Marijuana has been shown to decrease the pressure that it pushed on optic nerves. Marijuana has been proven to lower the risks of this disease and some studies have led scientists to believe that the cure could be found in the leaves of this plant.

Multiple sclerosis

The use of marijuana in people with multiple sclerosis has been proven to reduce muscle spasms, pain, tremors, and stiffness caused by this disease. It has been shown to reduce other side effects of this disease and help stop the disease from progressing to its later stages.

Epilepsy

The use of marijuana in a person who has epilepsy has reduced the amount of seizures that they have dramatically. In some cases people have said that they have had less seizures over all or none at all even after stopping use of medical marijuana. Scientists believe that this is another disease that can some day be completely cured with the use of medical marijuana

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    • Michaela Osiecki profile image

      Michaela 19 months ago from USA

      There are a lot of sources that say marijuana is a good treatment for certain levels of anxiety too, but it has yet to be approved for that.