Modern medicine is incredible. Many diseases that used to be a death sentence to a patient can now be managed and even cured through modern developments in medicine. However, many people don’t understand that the medicine they take to treat one ailment is made up of a cocktail of chemicals, toxins, and poisons that can have other negative impacts on the body. There is always a trade-off when you were putting these unnatural substances in your body; while it may fix one problem, you may be creating another, possibly worse, issue.
Thankfully, one solution that has only recently become legal is medical marijuana. Unlike a toxic chemicals that are in commonly used medications, the treatment provided by medical marijuana doctors are straight from the earth, natural for the body, and do not harm another vital systems while treating your initial ailment. Because the use of marijuana has been illegal for so long and has a stigma associated with it, many people write off its value without understanding that medical marijuana can accomplish the same benefits of conventionally accepted medication, but without all of the harmful side effects.
A few surprising medical conditions that medical marijuana doctors treat more effectively (with less risk) than conventional medication include:
- Marijuana as an alcoholism treatment.
Detoxing from an addiction to alcohol is incredibly hard on the body. The withdrawal symptoms to alcohol addiction include convulsions, hallucinations, pain, mood swings and mental illness. Some alcohol detox centers use harmful drugs for minimizing these symptoms, and it is even common to use restraints to literally hold the patient down while they suffer through their withdrawals.
Meanwhile, medical marijuana doctors have found that marijuana is incredibly effective at controlling alcohol cravings without any of the side effects of toxic prescription drugs. In fact, medical marijuana is even a useful substitute for more potent opiates and serious drugs, such as cocaine. It provides better symptom management for withdrawals from addictions to these debilitating drugs than other conventional treatment options.
- Medical marijuana as a treatment for ADD and insomnia.
If you suffer from ADD, you know how hard it is to function through life. Your brain gets overwhelmed with too many details about your environment, too fast. It’s so cluttered that it is hard to focus on one thing.
Conventional medications, such as Adderall and Ritalin, help ease the symptoms of ADD by stimulating your brain’s production of dopamine. Dopamine calms the brain down and helps you concentrate on a single thing a time. However, Adderall and Ritalin are addictive substances with a host of terrible side effects. Meanwhile, cannabis provides the same dopamine-promoting effect on the brain that Adderall and Ritalin do, without harmful side effects.
People who suffer from insomnia find that their brain goes a million miles and minute when they try to wind down at night to go to sleep. Like its impact on ADD and ADHD symptoms, dopamine also helps ease the brain into a state of sleep. By promoting an insomnia patient’s natural production of dopamine, cannabis helps them achieve a healthy sleep schedule without unnatural intervention from chemical-laden drugs.
- Marijuana as a treatment for depression.
Clinical depression is no laughing matter. The mental anguish that a person with depression goes through is debilitating. Feeling listless, sad, hopeless, and unable to generate the energy to get through life is no way to function. Even simple tasks like going to work, eating, and showering can be overwhelming for a person with clinical depression. Anti-depressants that are conventionally prescribed to people suffering from depression have terrible side effects, including increased rates of suicide, inability to focus, loss of appetite and weight, nausea, and so on. What’s worse, when the patient stops taking it, their symptoms of depression often come back worse than they were originally.
Meanwhile, studies show that medical marijuana doctors are able to treat depression through a mild prescription of cannabis without this terrible side effects. By giving patients low doses of marijuana, the patient experiences an increase in serotonin levels, which eases their symptoms and gives them energy and mental clarity to function, without the symptoms of conventional anti-depressants.
Have you used medical marijuana instead of toxic medications to treat a medical condition? Please share your experience in the comment section below.