There are several chronic diseases that children suffer from. Some of the chronic diseases can be treated and their symptoms may subside, but there are other diseases like asthma, epilepsy and arthritis that cannot be easily countered. They have to be treated with a range of drugs to reduce the effects of the disease and the complications that they cause. In spite of treatment, these diseases rarely subside. Even in such chronic diseases, cannabis has been able to make a huge difference in the quality of life of children. Young kids who suffer from such chronic diseases are unable to lead a normal life and are restricted because of the disease. Treatment of chronic diseases with cannabis has helped adults to deal with many diseases effectively. At the Vancouver conference, Jason McDougall who is a pharmacology and anesthesia professor in Dalhousie University has stated that further research of the beneficial effects of cannabis and seeds will be more helpful. The full medical benefits of using cannabis has not been researched yet because of the stigma attached to the use of this medicine. Using research results would help in increased acceptance of this anti spasmodic drug to treat different health problems.
Some common health conditions where cannabis is effective:
1. Asthma: Cannabis is an anti spasmodic medicine. It helps in relieving the spasm that occurs in the bronchus of the person. Repeated spasm causes the lumen of the bronchus to reduce and this makes breathing more difficult. This progressive disease can be controlled by judicious use of cannabis, which helps to not only reduce the spasm in the bronchus, but also helps in reducing any pain caused by repeated coughing.
2. Epilepsy: Epilepsy is common children and can be brought on even by severe fever. The brain of the child is only developing and when there is any trauma, it can lead to epilepsy. Some forms of epilepsy can be chronic. The use of medical marijuana helps in removing the triggers that lead to epilepsy.
3. Cancer: Cancer is common in children these days. Many of the pediatric wards are filled with children affected by cancer of different organs. Since cancer is a chronic disease, it needs admission in the hospital and proper care. In spite of this kind of care, there are many fatalities. The use of cannabis will help in not only reducing the size of the cancer cells, but in some people it can effectively help in causing the cancer cells to disappear.
Back pain is usually caused by excessive stress to the muscles of the back. The other cause for back pain is arthropathy, when there are changes in the bone structure and new bone formation leads to damage to the nerves. Back pain can also occur due to severe spondylotic changes. This is called as lumbar spondylosis. All these causes mentioned here are the usual ones that lead to severe back pain. When a person suffers from back pain, they may have to restrict their activities to help in reduction of pain.
Pain killers are also used to help in reduction of pain. The normal pain killers that are obtained over the counter and as prescription drugs can lead to various side effects. They can even cause fatalities, if they are used indiscriminately. On the other hand, the medical marijuana which is used as an alternative treatment to the pain killers will help in reducing the pain, without causing any serious side effects.
Marijuana does have side effects:
Marijuana too has a few side effects, but these are very minimal and are not serious when compared to the side effects that are caused by the other pain killers. Some of the side effects that are caused by marijuana are:
Death due to complications from above side effects.
Methods in which marijuana helps relieve back pain:
Nerve pain suppression: Any pain is taken to the brain through various nerves. Only when the pain sensation is carried to the brain will there be pain perception. When medical marijuana is consumed, it helps in affecting the nerves that carry the pain sensation. Instead of the pain sensation, there is a dulled pain perception caused by the marijuana. So, the severe pain which is usually felt is felt as a mild pain or in some patients, the pain sensation may completely disappear too.
Anti inflammatory: The other factor to keep in mind is that medical marijuana is an anti inflammatory agent. So, when it is consumed for pain relief, it will help in causing an anti inflammatory response in the tissues. This helps in reducing inflammation of joint surfaces, other tissues in the affected area. Reduction in inflammation will reduce spasm and also help in pain relief.
Medical marijuana can be consumed as tablets for pain relief. For quicker pain relief, it can also be chewed or smoked, though smoking may cause lung damage.
There are several health benefits of medicinal cannabis. There are a few risks too. The benefits of using this drug are much more than the risks involved. This is the reason why many physicians are starting to use this drug for treating patients. Several chronic diseases can be treated and even cured by using this drug. There are a few minimal side effects that can be caused with the use of this drug.
Benefits of using medicinal cannabis:
Relief from chronic pain: Chronic pain can lead to severe restriction in movement and activity. Medicinal cannabis will help in getting rid of the pain so that activity limitation is not present.
Relief from bipolar disorder and dementia: Dementia is a common problem in people as they get older. Certain psychiatric disorders can also cause dementia. Medical marijuana can help in the treatment of dementia and also in overcoming bipolar disorder.
Relief from diabetes: Diabetes complications can be prevented with this drug. Even the blood glucose levels and insulin levels can be maintained by this drug.
Relief from glaucoma: Glaucoma is a disease that can even cause blindness. Cannabis helps to reduce the intra ocular pressure and save the eye.
Effective in weight loss: Weight loss will help obese people to lead a normal lifestyle. It can also help in the prevention of various illnesses. Cannabis helps to ensure reduction in weight of people.
Lowers blood pressure: Medical marijuana is able to reduce the blood pressure of people. Lower blood pressure will help millions of people who are suffering from this silent killer disease.
Treats asthma and respiratory disorders: Asthma and respiratory disorders can be treated with the use of cannabis. It will help to relieve bronchospasm and also help in preventing and treating any infection in the lungs.
Though there are many benefits of using cannabis, excessive doses can cause a few side effects, which are listed here.
Risks of using medicinal cannabis:
Headache: Consuming increased dose of medicinal cannabis can lead to headaches. This can be relieved by rest for a few hours.
Dizziness: Dizziness can also occur when excessive dose of cannabis is used. So, those who use this drug are told to avoid driving after consuming the medicine.
Feeling of elation: Elation can happen even in those who use small doses of the drug. This is not a serious side effect and actually helps in some conditions, especially in those who suffer from depression and anxiety.