The benefits of medical cannabis have been quite known for some time now. Even though this plant is highly effective in combating a myriad of diseases, it still remains controversial.
Despite this, a study done in 2019 revealed that most North Americans support legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes. If you speak to most people in the street, the general consensus is that access to marijuana prescribed by a medical professional makes a lot of sense.
But this article isn’t here to argue one side against the other. It’s pretty evident where Seedsman stands on it. Seedsman stocks some of the best available medical strains on the market today. We have over 300 strains that list themselves as purely medical, with a further 200 that consider themselves to have medical properties.
Instead, we’re going to list three of the top benefits of medical cannabis. And allow you the opportunity to make up your own mind!
1. Treating PTSD
PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety-related disorder caused by very stressful or disturbing events. PTSD is often triggered through nightmares, flashbacks or thoughts of a distressing event in a sufferer’s past. Guilt, Panic and Isolation are some of the key symptoms of PTSD, often rearing its head in retired soldiers.
There have been various studies on the effect of medical cannabis on PTSD and its related symptoms.
Dr Raphael Mechoulam often cited as the godfather of cannabis, published a study that revealed that the cannabinoid system is intrinsically related to memory, specifically memory extinction.
While in 2016, a report published by Frontiers in Pharmacology suggested that CBD reduces learned fear differently. Firstly, by decreasing fear expression acutely and secondly by disrupting memory reconsolidation.
2. Treating arthritis
Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common form, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age.
While cannabis can’t cure arthritis or slow disease progression, some people report that it helps to alleviate their symptoms.
There have been various studies on the effect of cannabis on Arthritis and its related symptoms. A 2014 Japanese study concluded that activated CB2 receptors inhibit the production of inflammation in Arthritis.
While in 2007, a British study suggested that the cannabinoid receptor system may be an important therapeutic target for pain in Arthritis patients.
3. Treating chemotherapy patients
In the last decade, medical cannabis has been used to help alleviate the symptoms for patients receiving chemotherapy across the world. More and more evidence is being played out to support the idea that medical marijuana can be ingested to help treat chemo side effects like loss of appetite, nausea and pain.
THC has been clinically demonstrated to prevent nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite caused by chemotherapy. In many cases, the adverse effects are so severe as to lead patients to abandon treatment.
Cannabis also has other well-established properties of great benefit to cancer patients: analgesic, anxiolytic and a sleep inducer.
With its high safety profile, tens of thousands of oncology patients worldwide use cannabis to try to slow the spread of the disease.
Seedsman stocks a variety of different strains in our medical category, listed by symptom. If there is a particular ailment you’re suffering from, we may have the medical cannabis seeds to help. By growing your own, you’re taking charge of your own treatment and naturally treating your symptoms.
However, one should always consult with a medical professional on this matter. Medical cannabis is not a cure, only a treatment, and so it should never replace traditional pharmaceutical medicine.