The frustrating reality is that researchers can’t yet say with any certainty that cannabis is a cure for any health condition. It won’t cure cancer, depression, pain, or neurodegenerative illnesses, nor will it be 100% effective for anxiety, PTSD, or insomnia.

However, that’s not to say that cannabis isn’t making many people’s lives easier or that it hasn’t been the only thing that has allowed people to experience relief from various symptoms. Research might still be in its infancy, but people are already exploring cannabis for some of the following medical conditions:

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a central nervous system disease. It affects sufferers in many different ways, with some people experiencing impaired coordination, pain, fatigue, and even vision loss. Many people living with MS only experience mild symptoms, while others lose the ability to see correctly, speak, write, and walk.

While there are a number of different treatment options, such as medication and therapy, some people use cannabis products. Research is looking promising for cannabis to be declared effective for MS-related symptoms. One study found that oromucosal spray and oral cannabis consumption may be effective in pain and spasticity symptoms, the most common associated with this condition.

Pain

Chronic pain can be debilitating, and many sufferers cannot live life to the fullest, even with prescription medication and therapies. However, there has to be a reason why hundreds of thousands of Americans are now using cannabis to manage their chronic pain.

A study analyzing medicinal cannabis for pain management and quality of life in chronic pain patients found that medical cannabis was associated with improvements in pain severity and interference. Some participants also experienced decreased headaches, anxiety, nausea, and fatigue. While cannabis might not be a cure for chronic pain, it might be a treatment option you consider under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

At least 6% of the United States population will be affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, at some stage in their lives. This psychiatric disorder is common in people who have experienced or witnessed a terrifying event.

While therapy and medications are generally recommended, you might feel comfortable talking to your healthcare provider about cannabis. One systematic review found that cannabis was associated with a reduction in PTSD symptoms and improved quality of life. However, some side effects were observed, such as headaches and dry mouth.

Insomnia

Sleep disorders like insomnia can be frustrating for sufferers, especially when a lack of sleep affects your everyday life and you can’t remember what it feels like to wake up feeling energized. Sometimes, insomnia can be so life-altering that sufferers struggle to hold down jobs and take care of themselves. In the long term, they might also be at an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and depression.

Light therapy and medication might be treatment options you explore, but you might also talk to your physician about cannabis. Many patients in a review reported significant sleep improvements after consuming medical cannabis.

Cannabis isn’t a cure for medical conditions, but research is starting to look promising for its ability to alleviate various symptoms of debilitating conditions. If you want to experience relief and believe cannabis could help, talk to your healthcare provider to see if it’s right for you.

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Nicolas Desjardins

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