Medical marijuana, also known as medicinal cannabis, is cannabis and certain phytocannabinoids that doctors recommend to patients for the treatment or prevention of ailments. Although this plant has been around for ages, it is only recently that the benefits of medicinal cannabis have started to be appreciated by society at large. Although most countries have laws which prohibit the recreational use and selling of marijuana, many people are still able to acquire it illegally for consumption and/or sale. It is considered a dangerous drug by many in the medical establishment. However, there is growing evidence that it may be beneficial to some people who are currently suffering from serious medical conditions.
Medical cannabis can treat two specific conditions: glaucoma, and cancer. Glaucoma refers to a condition that causes vision loss and is often characterized by a prolonged period of constant vision loss. This disease can cause blindness and is very painful. Cancer, on the contrary, can be debilitating and cause many people to die prematurely. Medical cannabis can treat two types of cancer: colorectal and lung cancer.
As mentioned above, there have been many different studies conducted on the medical benefits of cannabis. Glaucoma (and cancer) are two areas that have received a lot of attention over the past few years. Many news stories have featured the story of medical cannabis users who use it to treat the debilitating side effect of prescription painkillers. Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve becomes plugged and vision begins to deteriorate. Medical cannabis has been shown to be effective in relieving pressure buildup in the eye, which can lead to glaucoma symptoms being eliminated.
Cancer is another area which has garnered a lot of attention in recent years due to the controversial policies adopted by the Canadian government regarding medical marijuana use. Many parts of Canada currently have marijuana prohibitions, including Ottawa. The plant is also regarded as one of the most dangerous drugs in existence, causing psychosis and schizophrenia in high doses. Recent research has shown that certain strains of cannabis can even kill cancer cells. This information is still theoretical but it is a step towards clinical trials that could eventually lead to legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes in Canada.
Some Canadian provinces have also approved the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in the form of oils or vapor rubs. These products can be used throughout the country until the federal government legalizes them again. In February, the Ontario government approved the use of marjoram and lavender oils in a specialized inhaler intended to treat chronic cough and cold symptoms, which have helped thousands to find relief from the debilitating effects of winter and the flu.
Insomnia is a common problem suffered by people suffering from various illnesses, from cancer to arthritis to chronic pain. This is also where medical marijuana can be used to treat serious sleepiness and drowsiness. Health Canada says the new treatment, which is very effective, should become available between February 26th and April 6th. Patients with serious illnesses such as cancer in Canada shouldn’t smoke marijuana. Instead they should consult their doctor about oil or vapor rubs to ease their symptoms.
Two weeks after the Trudeau government legalized cannabis in the fall of 2021, the Canadian government introduced two new laws that will allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for specific medical conditions. One new law allows anyone with a debilitating condition or who has used an official medication for such a condition to be allowed to use cannabis. The Government of Canada also announced that anyone diagnosed with cancer who wants to use cannabis will be allowed to do so. However, the government stressed that it will only consider cancer patients who are unable to smoke marijuana. Many cancer patients were cautiously optimistic about the announcement. They feared that quitting smoking would make it impossible to consume marijuana. The new legislation allows patients to smoke the plant if they are unable to do so in any other recreational activity.
According to Health Canada’s website, researchers are still uncertain as to whether or not marihuana has any effect on brain development in vulnerable children. Early December saw health officials recommend that children under 18 avoid cannabis. Hi Peter Beyer of Toronto, a researcher at the Medical University of South Canada in Winnipeg, reported in January that there was “limited evidence” linking cannabis to IQ scores for children. He said that he could not give a definitive answer due to the need for more studies. Researchers continue to investigate the possibility of cannabis being used to treat attention deficit disorder in Alzheimer’s patients.