Medical Conditions That Can Be Treated With Cannabis: A – Z

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Alcohol and opiate abuse

Cannabis can ease both the physical and psychological effects associated with withdrawal from both of these addictive substances.
Cannabis-med studies on marijuana treatment for alcohol and drug abuse
Marijuana in treating alcohol addiction
Medical marijuana as a treatment for alcohol addiction

Alzheimer’s disease

Research shows that cannabis may prevent the formation of deposits in the brain associated with this degenerative disease.
Information from medicalmarijuana.procon.org
Cannabis and the treatment of dementia
Cannabidiol: a promising drug for neurodegenerative disorders?

 

Neurodegeneration is a feature common to dementia sufferers.
This has led to interest in whether cannabinoids may be clinically useful in the treatment of people with dementia.

Recent studies have shown that cannabinoids may be effective at interrupting the pathological process in Alzheimer’s.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

This condition refers to a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. This is a fatal, degenerative disease marked by progressive muscle weakness and atrophy.
Marijuana may extend life expectancy of lou gehrig disease patients
Marijuana as ALS treatment
Medical marijuana and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Anorexia nervosa

Cannabis use can increase appetite and ease anxiety. Antispasmodic Trials show that cannabis helps relieve peripheral muscular pain and cramping.
Association study of cannabinoid receptor gene (CNR1) alleles and anorexia nervosa
Role of endocannabinoids and their analogues in obesity and eating disorders
Brain type 1 cannabinoid receptor availability in patients with anorexia and bulimia nervosa

Appetite (See Anorexia nervosa)

One of the most fascinating aspects of cannabis in relation to appetite and eating disorders is the effect of cannabis oil on body weight.

Arthritis (rheumatoid or osteoporosis)

There are over 100 different types of arthritis and studies have shown that THC and CBD have potent anti-inflammatory effects and that CBD blocks progression of rheumatoid arthritis producing significant improvement in symptoms.
Is marijuana an effective treatment for the symptoms of arthritis?
Cannabis drug cuts arthritis pain
What is the role of marijuana in arthritis?

Asthma

Cannabis use is shown to ease attacks in patients.
Can marijuana help people with asthma or other breathing disorders?
Effects of smoked marijuana in experimentally induced asthma
Cannabis cures asthma

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is one of the most common psychiatric disorders of childhood and is characterized by persistent impairments in attention and concentration with the associated symptoms of impulsivity and hyperactivity.
ADHD and marijuana
Applying ADHD lessons to medical marijuana
Medical Marijuana: No longer just for adults

Atherosclerosis (arteriosclerotic vascular disease or ASVD)

This is a condition in which an artery wall thickens as a result of the accumulation of fatty materials such as cholesterol. Studies show the benefits of cannabis treatment.
Cannabinoids and atherosclerotic coronary heart disease
Cannabis chemical ‘helps heart’ 
Cannabinoids and Atherosclerotic Coronary Heart Disease (PDF)

Autism

In a well-documented case Marie Myung-Ok Lee has been using cannabis treatment for her autistic son with legally acquired medical marijuana for several years. It has helped calm her son’s gastrointestinal pain and decrease his associated violent behavior.
Marijuana-Like Chemical May Help Autism
Can cannabis improve autism? 
NORML Backs Survey On Marijuana And Autism

Bipolar disorder

This is a psychiatric disorder characterized by extreme mood swings, ranging between episodes of acute euphoria mania and severe depression.
Study: Pot May Improve Cognitive Functioning in Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder May Be Ameliorated By Pot Smoking, Research Finds
Cannabinoids in Bipolar disorder

Burns

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This burn from a car exhaust is on the patients leg. The injury is not serious, however it is painful and prone to infection. The left side has been treated for 4 days with antibiotic cream. The right side was treated just once with cannabis oil. The patient reported pain relief and continued treatment with cannabis oil. The wound healed quickly with minimum scarring.

Cancer

Referred to medically as a malignant neoplasm, cancer is a broad group of various diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. Cannabis oil has been shown to be extremely effectivecannabis treatment in fighting even the most aggressive of cancerous tumours. Below are a series of images taken over a two month period where a 7mm deep melanoma (skin cancer) that was exposing the bone was successfully treated using only cannabis oil.

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Scientists find cannabis compound stops metastasis in aggressive cancers
Cannabis treatment could stop breast cancer
Can cannabis treatment cure cancer

Information regarding the efficacy of cannabis treatment for cancer.
Scientists report that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD (cannabidiol) slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in laboratory dishes.
Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer.
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Cystic Fibrosis

This condition is an inherited genetic disorder that is caused when two particular genes fail to function correctly.
Cannabis fights Cystic Fibrosis
Marijuana (Cannabis) and Cystic Fibrosis; A Case Study
Cannabinoids and Cystic Fibrosis: PDF file

Depression

Cannabis sativa varieties used in moderation have been shown to help combat clinical depression by increasing the production of serotonin.
Can cannabis treat depression?
Smoking cannabis ‘alleviates pain and depression’
Cannabis and mental health

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes refers to a group of metabolic diseases in which a person suffers from high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced.
Dystonia This is a severely painful neurological disorder causing involuntary muscle spasms and twisting of the limbs.
Cannabis and diabetes
The role of cannabis in diabetes
Cannabis  diabetes

Emphysema

Marijuana aids in expansion of the bronchi and bronchioles allowing higher oxygenation in patients, this is not a cure but provides tremendous relief for patients (See Asthma).
Medical Marijuana and COPD
Emphysema-Cannabinoids