Medical cannabis is getting all the limelight these days. Doctors and
neurosurgeons are using medical cannabis to help patients cope with problems like diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, hepatitis C, cancer, AIDS and around 192 other problems.
Results from the researches on the medicinal values of marijuana are coming out.
And, most of them are positive.
It seems like ganja could do a lot of good for some patients.
The controversy of cannabis is slowing being replaced by its benefits.
Here, I’ve compiled some of the latest news on the medical benefits of ganja. I hope this will help people learn more about medical cannabis.
But before that, here’s a short story on why cannabis is holy for Hindus.
Medicinal and religious values of cannabis in Hinduism
The story in Atharva Veda goes this way:
During the Great War between the Gods and Demons (Rakshasa), the Gods decided that they needed to brew nectar.
The nectar would make them immortal.
During the process, a drop of the precious nectar fell on the earth and a ganja plant sprang out of it.
Since then, all the Gods are always on a high.
Shiva, the Destroyer, has ganja as his Prasad (blessing). Whenever he is happy, he blesses his devotees with an awesome high.
Cannabis is one among the five holiest plants in Hindu texts.
Now, don’t ask why the Gods would do so. Why cannabis?
Why the plant which is illegal in almost every country now?
That is one difficult question where politics and improper assumptions could be the keywords to the answer.
It’s a fact that people all around the world have used
ganja as medicine for their cattle as well as themselves. Indigestion in cattle and people is usually treated with ganja in the villages of Nepal.
Legally, only the holy sadhus are allowed to smoke cannabis in Nepal and India.
Out there in the wide world, doctors have started to believe in the more spectacular benefits of medical cannabis.
Now, let’s have a look at the latest findings on the benefits of medical cannabis.
Medical cannabis can help these people
Diabetics – Researchers found that regular use of
cannabis controls sugar level in our bodies.
People suffering from high blood pressure – Cannabis
helps to lower the blood pressure.
Cancer patients –
Cannabis gives relief from pain and nausea if they are undergoing chemotherapy.
And, research also shows that heavy smoking of cannabis mixed with tobacco can double the risk of cancer.
AIDS patients –
Manages pain and increases food intake.
Anxious and depressed people – Calms them down, induces sleep.
But researches have also shown that in some people
smoking marijuana could trigger depression and psychosis.
How is medical cannabis taken?
So far, medical cannabis is taken in the following ways:
1. Smoking – Ganja, without tobacco, is rolled in paper and smoked.
Research says that holding the breath after inhalation of the cannabis fume doesn’t increase the high or the medical benefits you receive.
2. Vaporization – Cannabis is heated to a certain temperature so that it doesn’t burn. The vapor is trapped in a bag and inhaled by the patient.
3. Eatable – Ganja is pressed into pill, sweet or biscuit shape and eaten.
4. Cannabis tincture – The doctor delivers the tincture into the patient’s skin or mouth with a dropper. Patients can also mix the tincture in their drinks.
5. Lotion or balm – People use cannabis oil to treat problems like arthritis, dry/chapped skin, eczema, headaches or migraines, insect bites, minor burns, muscle soreness, psoriasis, pain, rashes, rheumatism, swelling, sunburns, stiff neck and tendonitis.
The patient won’t get a high with this process.
You can visit
this site for more details on how medical cannabis is used by patients.
Here’s one great TED Talk video on the life saving quality of marijuana.
Have you got experiences with medical cannabis? Feel free to share your thoughts on this subject.
Your views would be most welcome.