Cannabis Therapy in South Africa is on the rise and Cannabis has recently been getting a lot of attention as being a wonder drug. Many pharmaceuticals are costly, full of chemicals, plagued by potential side effects, creating windows for addiction and carry the risk of overdose. Cannabis, on the other hand, is an all-natural plant that is safe to use, has relatively few side effects, contains a low chance of addiction, and offers no chance of overdose. Medical cannabis can also treat many common conditions (approximately 200 of them) while pharmaceutical drugs are typically only used for one or two ailments.
We have listed some of the most notable conditions that respond favourably to Cannabis Therapy.
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 shows 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 with 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.
6. Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C affects millions of people every year. And medications often lead to severe side-effects including: 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 ensures the drugs 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 proven to effectively relieve the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite that cancer patients feel while enduring chemotherapy. Even more impressive though is the fact that cannabis has been seen to stop aggressive metastasis 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 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 which can impact their lives significantly. Marijuana can actually create anxiety if taken in high doses but you need to use a strain that isolates CBD and take medicinal cannabis in low doses – which can help to reduce it.