It's 4/20, a day that has become synonymous with marijuana usage, so what better time to consider the medical benefits of marijuana, according to doctors (as well as the many risks). "Medical marijuana is available as an oil, pill, vaporized liquid and nasal spray, as dried leaves and buds, and as the plant itself," say the experts at the Mayo Clinic. "The herb is typically used to treat nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatment, loss of appetite and weight loss associated with HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, chronic pain and muscle spasms. Research on the use of marijuana for specific conditions shows" the following. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news: Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated.
Marijuana Might Help Your Glaucoma
"Marijuana might reduce the pressure in the eye caused by this eye condition," says the Mayo Clinic. "However, the effect appears to last only a few hours. Some findings indicate that marijuana may decrease blood flow to the optic nerve, increasing the risk for vision loss in people with glaucoma."
Marijuana Might Help Nausea and Vomiting Associated with Cancer Treatment
"Research has shown that an active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), effectively reduces nausea and vomiting in people undergoing chemotherapy," says the Mayo Clinic.
Marijuana Might Help With Your Pain
"Marijuana use might reduce the intensity of shooting or burning pain often due to nerve damage (neuropathic pain) caused by HIV, diabetes and other conditions," says the Mayo Clinic.
Marijuana Might Help With Your Spasticity
"Marijuana use might reduce muscle stiffness or spasms and urinary frequency caused by multiple sclerosis," says the Mayo Clinic. "It's not clear if marijuana effectively treats seizures."
Final Word From the Doctors—"Use Caution"
"Evidence has shown that marijuana can effectively treat chemotherapy-induced nausea. It might also reduce muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and decrease the intensity of neuropathic pain," says the Mayo Clinic. "However, marijuana use can cause cognitive impairment and should be used with caution if you have a mental health condition. In many places marijuana use is considered illegal for any purpose."
They note that "medical marijuana use is generally considered safe" but can also cause these extensive side effects:
Dry mouth and dry eyes
Lightheadedness and dizziness
Nausea and vomiting
Increased heart rate
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