Health and Benefits of Cannabis – Part 2
Health and Benefits of Cannabis
As a more intermediate purpose of the use of Cannabis, it can be used to treat and prevent the eye disease Glaucoma. Marijuana will help decrease the pressure inside the eye, which the pressure can gradually damage the optic nerve and causing loss of vision. The studies in the early 1970s showed how marijuana lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people when they are smoking it. The drug is shown to slow the progression of the disease and could prevent blindness.
Good news to people who may think they wanted to avoid the side effect of tobacco, cannabis may actually help reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve lung health. It may sounds ironic to hear that marijuana is helping with the lung improvement since both of the drugs are usually taken by inhalation, but study (published in Journal of the American Medical Association, January 2012) has shown that marijuana does not impair lung function and it also helps with increasing the lung capacity.
Moving on to more advance purposes, a study from 2003 showed that marijuana use is able to prevent epileptic seizures. How it works is the active ingredients in the drug, which is tetrahydrocannabinol, will be controlling the seizures by binding to the brain cells that are responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation. Marijuana also helps decrease the symptoms of a severe seizure disorder known as Dravet’s syndrome. There is a case of a 5-year-old girl who has Dravet’s syndrome and the family was treating her by using medical marijuana that strain high in cannabidiol and low in THC. Lastly, there is a chemical found in marijuana that will help stop cancer. The chemical is cannabidiol (CBD), as mentioned above; it helps both with the impact on the brain and may help prevent cancer from spreading. It works by turning off a gene called Id-1 and the cancer cells make more copies of this gene than non-cancerous cells.