7 Amazing THC Medical Benefits

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Posted on: 06 February 2017 by Celeste McConnel

Learn the benefits of the ever increasing medicine THC.

THC Medical Benefits

 

 
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short, is the scientific name for the active ingredient in the cannabis plant. THC has gotten a great deal of attention in the ongoing drive to legalize cannabis (marijuana) for medical and recreational use.

For the same reason, THC oil has generated its own share of controversy as health professionals, regulators, patients and the general public struggle to understand its effects and appropriate dosages for different medical maladies.

Health professionals and regulators in particular are keen to find ways to utilize THC's health properties without inducing the traditional "high" associated with marijuana use.

For this reason, other cannabis compounds, in particular cannabidiol, or CBD, have attracted the interest of medical and health researchers, since CBD can duplicate some of THC's health benefits without inducing the high.

However, there are certain health benefits that, to date, remain specific to the use of THC. These seven are among the best known such benefits.

1. Relief from pain.

Medical marijuana has long been recognized as a trusted resource for relief of pain. THC is the compound that triggers the central nervous system (CNS) to serve as the pain message gatekeeper. THC interrupts the normally open communication between the CNS and brain, ensuring no pain signals get through.

Patients suffering from neuropathic (nerve) pain have found medical marijuana particularly effective to ease their pain.

2. PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

PTSD patients have also found medical marijuana to be helpful. Here, the help is on two levels: temporary memory impairment combined with symptom cessation (nightmares, flashbacks, agitation).

The memory impairment aspect is specifically linked to THC. While recreational users typically do not regard this effect so positively, for the PTSD patient the temporary suspension of painful memories can be a literal god-send during treatment.

PTSD patients also report that taking medical marijuana orally is especially beneficial.

3. Cancer.

Chemotherapy patients have been quietly benefiting from THC in pill form since 1980. The nausea, vomiting and queasiness caused by the chemotherapy medication can be greatly eased by taking THC in its synthetic pill form.

4. Appetite stimulation.

While many in the nation struggle with issues of overweight and obesity, there are some individuals who struggle with the opposite: anorexia. For these patients, THC is increasingly looking like a viable therapy to help stimulate appetite.

As well, often chemotherapy patients as well as individuals with HIV wasting syndrome and other serious illnesses struggle to eat in the loss of appetite signals.

Here, THC can boost appetite to help these patients take in nutrients they need to fight their disease.

5. Asthma.

While it has generally been absent from the popular press, research into THC use to treat asthma symptoms is amongst the earliest such known research, dating all the way back to the 1970's.

When smoked, medical marijuana has shown promise for easing asthma attacks. Early inhaler trials failed to deliver the same results, but trials have resumed with modern vaporizers in hopes of developing a method of delivery that is discreet and effective.

6. Glaucoma.

Even as medical marijuana was being studied for its benefits to asthma patients (see number 5 here), it was also being studied by ophthalmologists eager to test THC's ability to relieve the eye pressure caused by the eye disease glaucoma.

Here again, smoking marijuana produced positive results, but THC-laced eye drops disappointed researchers. Today, glaucoma patients who use medical marijuana continue to smoke it to obtain the eye pressure relief benefits.

7. Sleep.

Many marijuana enthusiasts swear by it as a sleep aid, although some may not know they have THC to thank for the night time help.

Medical marijuana has recently generated renewed interest among researchers for a new purpose: treatment of sleep apnea. Sleep statistics and insomnia apnea results in breathing interruption and cessation at night and can be deadly.

The goal in the research community is to develop an effective THC-based medication that can be offered to sleep apnea patients to ensure safer sleep.

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