Marijuana had been considered a very effective medicine for a number of diseases by a lot of physicians in the ancient world. However, a lot of people in the modern era believe that it is just a recreational drug which has no medicinal value. There have been numerous studies conducted into the action of medical marijuana on the human body. These studies have shown that cannabis can be used as a viable treatment option for a number of diseases.
Here is a look at two of them.
THC, which is the active ingredient in medicinal marijuana, hinders the action of an enzyme called acetyl cholinesterase. This retards the progress of Alzheimer’s disease much more effectively than commercially available drugs. Certain studies have also shown that cannabinoids help remove damaged cells from the brain and slow age related decline in brain functions.
Medical marijuana is widely considered to be effective in treating the painful symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy. However, studies have shown that it could prevent the spread of breast cancer by hindering the action of the ID1 gene. It could even act as a less toxic, yet equally effective, alternative to chemotherapy.
Other diseases which react positively to medical marijuana include multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease and AIDS, among numerous others.