Common Conditions

Common Conditions

There are in excess of 175 conditions which are commonly treated with cannabis or medical marijuana. Not all of them are considered by the various states to be an acceptable justification for the use of medical marijuana.

Numerous patients have empirical evidence (first-hand experience) about its effectiveness. There is a fairly comprehensive (but by no means complete) list which may be found here. It can give you a good idea of just how useful this product is.

Typically the state-approved lists include the following:

Crohn's Disease

Cancer

Hepatitis C

Alzheimer's Disease

HIV Infection

AIDS

ALS

Glaucoma

As well, they include these symptoms, which are the consequences of treating certain diseases and conditions:

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome (often from chemotherapy)
  • Severe nausea (also from chemo or radiation therapy)
  • Severe muscle spasms (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Severe chronic pain (Lyme Disease)
  • Seizures (particularly effective with epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis)

As acceptance broadens (from the current 23 states and the District of Columbia in late 2015), to encompass the entire country, many more treatment options will become available. Cannabis or medical marijuana is highly useful for the treatment of intractable pain, the single most common reason for it being prescribed or recommended. From simple headaches to migraines to Crohn's disease, there's no doubt about its efficacy.

It doesn't stop there however. It is common to prescribe Theophylline alkaloid (even to children) to deal with asthma attacks. Dr. Donald Tashkin1 reported as early as 1989 and again in 1997 that taking a single hit of marijuana has been known to stop a full blown asthma attack. It is known as the most effective treatment for asthma, with a history in literature going back thousands of years.

The Takeaway

The practical upshot of this increased public acceptance is that now more scientists are doing research. The DEA is still strongly opposed to taking marijuana off of the Schedule I Controlled Substances list. They have a vested interest in keeping it "illegal" because it justifies a large portion of their funding.

As an example, in 1975 the DEA funded studies to show that cannabis could cause immunological compromises. Their investigators at the Medical College of Virginia instead demonstrated very strong anti-tumor activity. The DEA immediately defunded the study to repress the positive results since curing cancer was not on their agenda. The college continued to apply for grants for cannabis research, but the DEA has steadfastly refused them permission.

Since 1992 the Internet has given more power to the people, and made it harder and harder for people to repress knowledge. We're on the verge of legalizing this medicine for everybody in the country. In some parts of the country it has already been legitimized for unrestricted self-medication and recreational use.

Historical evidence shows that cannabis has probably been in use since 8000 B.C.E., or 10 millennia ago for medical and other assorted purposes. Up until the 1930s it was still used in asthma medication, but alcohol prohibition must have been enjoyable for the legislators and they added marijuana to the list of things to hate.

It looks like we have finally grown beyond that, and we're ready to accept cannabis as a helpful, non-toxic, and healthy part of human culture as it has been for 9,920 out of the last 10,000 years of human history.