Cannabis Therapy in South Africa is on the rise and Cannabis is recently been getting a lot of attention as being a wonder drug. While many pharmaceuticals are costly, full of chemicals, and surrounded by potential side effects, the chance for addiction, and the risk of overdose, Cannabis is an all-natural plant that is safe to use, has relatively few side effects, a low chance of addiction, and no chance of overdose death. Plus, medical cannabis can treat many common conditions—approximately 200 of them—while pharmaceutical drugs are typically only used for one or two ailments.
Here are some of the most notable conditions that respond favourably to Cannabis Therapy.
1. Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, but studies show that the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, can prevent a particular enzyme named acetylcholinesterase from accelerating the formation of protein clumps in the brain that can inhibit memory and cognition as well as the formation of Alzheimer’s plaques. In fact, cannabis is known to work more effectively for treatment of Alzheimer’s than pharmaceuticals that were specifically designed for the task.
It’s a well-known fact that many people who suffer from epileptic seizures do not respond to traditional treatment. However, marijuana can plan a critical role in controlling seizure activity in epilepsy. Many epileptics depend heavily on medicinal marijuana because pharmaceuticals simply do not work for them.
3. Multiple Sclerosis
Another condition that often responds more favourably to medicinal cannabis than traditional medicine is muscular sclerosis. Evidence from clinical trials show the positive impact that cannabis has on muscle spasticity, arm and leg pain, and even mood.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and another condition that can be treated by medicinal cannabis. Marijuana can relieve and reduce the intraocular pressure that causes damage of the optic nerve in the eyes. There is even evidence that it can reverse deterioration as well.
Though marijuana hasn’t been reported to curb arthritis, it is still highly effective at reducing pain and inflammation of arthritis as well as the insomnia that results from it.
6. Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C affects millions of people each year. And medications for it often lead to severe side effects, such as muscle aches, nausea, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, and depression. But patients who use marijuana regularly claim that it improves the effectiveness of their drug therapy, by subduing the side effects so they can complete the therapy. It also helps the drugs more effectively achieve a sustained virological response, which means that there are no signs left of the virus in their bodies.
The active ingredients in medicinal marijuana have been proven to effectively relieve the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite that cancer patients feel while going through chemotherapy. Even more impressive though is the fact that cannabis has been seen to stop metastasis of aggressive cancer and even kill cancer cells—all the while avoiding the healthy cells.
8. Migraines and Headaches
Migraine and headache pain can be debilitating and severely affect sufferers’ quality of life. Marijuana’s inhibitory effect on serotonin type 3 receptors can diminish the onset of migraines and headaches.
A large portion of the adult population suffers from insomnia—whether they can’t fall asleep, they can’t stay asleep, or both. Chronic sleeplessness is often caused by another condition, such as fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, or chronic pain. Medicinal marijuana can put patients to sleep by reducing the pain, pressure, and inflammation that is keeping them awake.
10. Stress and Anxiety
Everyone gets anxious every once in a while, but some people can be debilitated by the anxiety they feel on a daily basis—it can impact their lives significantly. Though marijuana can actually create anxiety if taken in high doses, if using a strain that isolates CBD and taking medicinal cannabis in low doses, it can help to reduce it.