Medical Conditions and Cannabis
  
Medical marijuana is a popular complimentary medicine for many ailments. Here we overview a general list that can be treated with medical marijuana.
  

ALZHEIMER'S

ARTHIRITIS

CANCER

 Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a disease that affects over 35 million people worldwide. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, which gets worse as it progresses and eventually leads to death. Numerous studies have suggested that marijuana may be effective in inhibiting the progression of this disease through a variety of biological mechanisms.
  
Arthritis is a joint disorder that can affect anyone of any age, but is most common amongst senior citizens. This inflammation of the joints is often accompanied by severe pain. Numerous studies have provided overwhelming evidence of medical marijuana’s ability to reduce joint inflammation and related pain symptoms.
  
  
Cancer refers to a group of diseases characterised by abnormal cell growth (known as tumours). Many doctors will prescribe the use of marijuana as an aid to not only help combat the disease itself but also to help manage the side effects of chemotherapy treatment. Chemotherapy has been known to produce many side effects that can be hard on the patient, including: vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite. Medical marijuana has been known to help reduce the feeling of nausea and vomiting while increasing appetite, which helps fight cancer treatment-related anorexia. Studies have also shown a positive effect in regards to inhibiting tumour growth in leukaemia and breast cancer as well as the invasion of cervical cancer, liver cancer, brain cancer and lung cancer cells. 

DEPRESSION

EPILEPSY

  
Depression is a condition known by a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Depression is thought to be caused by low levels of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine. Typical treatments include counselling and antidepressant medications that act to increase levels of neurotransmitters. THC has been found (under certain conditions) to exert antidepressant-like effects in patients suffering from pain associated with cancer and multiple sclerosis as well as improve mood and general well-being in healthy test subjects. Though it is important to note that anit deppresents do interact on various levels with CBD Oil and care must be taken if used in conjunction with any anti depressant.
  
  
Epilepsy causes frequent and unpredictable seizures that cannot be cured. Long-term drug therapy can help most patients control their seizures but not all. Studies suggest a role of the endocannabinoid system in seizure activity and seem to support the use of cannabis as an alternative to traditional drugs.
  

GLAUCOMA

HIV

    
Glaucoma is considered the leading source of blindness in the world and is caused by the degeneration of the optic nerve. The leading cause of optic nerve damage in glaucoma patients is intraocular pressure (IOP). Studies have shown that the use of medical marijuana can not only help stop the damage caused by IOP but can also help reverse deterioration of the optic nerve. The combination of medical marijuana with traditional glaucoma medication is widely accepted as a positive and effective treatment method.​
  
  
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) occurs when the cells in the bloodstream that make up the immune system become compromised and multiple. The disease attacks the immune system allowing for a person to contract a variety of opportunistic infections. Although there is no cure for HIV yet, there have been many treatment regimens that help decrease the viral-load within the inflicted bloodstream and help prevent the virus from reproducing. However, many of these treatments can cause some harsh negative side effects. Medical marijuana is effective in treating the symptoms caused by many HIV medications, including: nausea, lack of appetite, nerve pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
  

PAIN

Many patients suffering from chronic or neuropathic pain gain relief from prescription drugs but not all. One of the most common uses of medical marijuana is for the treatment of chronic pain. Cannabinoids – the medical compounds found in marijuana – have powerful pain-relieving (analgesic) properties. Cannabinoids exert their analgesic properties through their interaction with the cannabinoid receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system.  
  

This list is not exhaustive, contact us via email or give us a call to discuss your condition in person.
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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

SPINAL CORD DISEASE AND INJURY

PARKINSONS

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is disorder that directly effects an individual’s central nervous system and in turn causes deterioration with the individual’s vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Although the symptoms of MS vary from person to person, one of the most frequent symptoms is muscle spasticity, a symptom that causes intense pain, spasms and eventually complete loss of functionality. The use of medical marijuana within MS patients has been known to reduce the muscle stiffness and tremors, allowing from better mobility. Marijuana can also help increase the individual’s balance, bladder control, speech and eyesight.
 Individuals who suffer from a spinal cord disease or injury are often at the mercy of their symptoms. As the spinal cord is the tether that holds together the human body’s central nervous system, many people who are afflicted with an SCD or SCI experience intense pain and muscle spasming and/or stiffness. Medical marijuana can be used to help alleviate muscle twitching, jerking and spasticity by switching on the nerve receptors in the central nervous system that help to aid in muscle spasm. Cannabis can also be used as a natural pain killer and anti-inflammatory in cases with intense chronic pain as well as an appetite stimulant and sleep aid. 
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 Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system caused by progressive death of dopamine cells. Major symptoms of this disorder include motor impairments – such as shaking, tremors, slow movement and difficulty with walking – as well as symptoms of dementia, sensory dysfunction, sleep disorders, emotional problems and neuropathic pain. While dopamine replacement therapies seem to be effective in reducing overall symptoms, treatments that slow the progression of the dopamine cell death have yet to be developed. Researchers have begun to investigate compounds that may be able to protect neurons from death, leading them to take a closer look at medical marijuana.