It is only recently that we have started to legitimise and study the benefits of cannabis and the mechanisms by which it can help improve the quality of life.
Medical Cannabis & Health
Just a few of the conditions (or symptoms of) that cannabis is being used to treat are:
ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Arthritis, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Insomnia, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Nausea, PTSD and Spasticity.
CANNABIS AS MEDICINE
Cannabis has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years. Historically, cannabis-based medicines were routinely used but fell into decline largely due to the invention of injectable medicine at the end of the 19th century.
- There are 100+ different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Their beneficial effects are rapidly being discovered. New health applications lead to new revenue pathways.
- Research into cannabis as medicine has had a complicated history of being radically underfunded or prohibited. This has held back the research and development.
- Current global expansion of cannabis, driven by progressive legalisation and potential profit, have seen heavy funding into cannabis research currently.
- Research will continue for decades with evidence demonstrating the versatility of cannabis’s healing power as new medical applications are uncovered.
The state of Colorado, a world leader in cannabis legislation, is putting into effect a bill as of August 2nd 2019 that will allow doctors to prescribe cannabis for any condition for which they would prescribe opioids. Other countries are expected to adopt similar legislation as opioid overuse is an epidemic in many developed countries.