The idea of using marijuana as medicine or for healing purposes is nothing new. In fact, Ancient Greeks treated nose bleeds with dried cannabis leaves and even dressed horses and animals' wounds using marijuana. The medical community has recently lauded the many benefits of medical marijuana; extensive research shows marijuana strains can be used to manage chronic pain, treat cancer symptoms, and even reduce instances of epileptic seizures. There are even more benefits of medicinal marijuana -- and benefits that relatively few Americans know about. Here are some of the facts about medical marijuana.
Medical Marijuana May Help Manage ADHD Symptoms
Many Americans believe that too many children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). On its own, the diagnosis is not necessarily harmful. Most kids diagnosed with ADD or ADHD are also heavily medicated. These medications can have a range of negative side effects, including dizziness, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping. If kids truly need treatment for ADHD, there are some alternatives without potentially harmful -- or even dangerous -- side effects. Regular exercise is said to help manage ADHD symptoms, and medical marijuana may be an answer to the problem, too. Some parents may be hesitant to allow children to use it, but -- with a prescription -- it is only used in controlled amounts and will spare kids from the many negative side effects of prescription pills.
Legalized Cannabis Serves As Relief For Veterans Suffering From PTSD
There are even more important facts about medical marijuana -- including the fact that it prompts brain cell growth (a process called neurogenesis), and it may also provide relief from one of the most severe and least understood mental disorders: post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Studies are still ongoing, but researchers and doctors have observed patients showing an improved ability to remain calm (and avoid PTSD symptoms, like rapid heart rate and flashbacks) when using medical marijuana.
Ongoing studies suggest there may be more and more benefits of medical marijuana. In additional to managing cancer symptoms and epileptic seizures, patients may now be able to treat PTSD and ADHD with fewer side effects.