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Top 10 Major Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is now known for its medicinal and therapeutic benefits.  Backed by strong scientific studies and research, the following and the top 10 major health benefits of medical marijuana:

1. Slows down growth of tumors/cysts – the American Association for Cancer Research no less, has discovered that medical marijuana can actually slow down growth of tumor in the lungs, brain and breasts.

2. Treat headaches/migraines – California physicians have reported that over 300,000 cases of migraine headaches have been treated with medical marijuana.

3. Prevents/fights Alzheimer’s – the Scripps Institute,  in 2006, has proven that the THC in medical marijuana prevents Alzheimer’s by blocking the deposits in the brain that cause the disease.

4. Relieves Symptoms Associated with Chronic Diseases – Chronic diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel conditions bring symptoms that can be treated by medical marijuana, according to research.  It can treat abdominal pain, diarrhea and nausea.  THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the major psychoactive component in marijuana was approved by the FDA in 1985 to be used for the treatment of nausea.  This is marketed under the trade name “Marinol” and formulated synthetically in gelatin capsules for oral intake.  In 1989 alone, approximately 100,000 doses were prescribed.

5. Prevents Seizures – medical marijuana has antispasmodic qualities and is a muscle that is proven to be effective in preventing/treating seizures.

6.. Treats Glaucoma – there are studies that show use of medical marijuana helps in lowering intraocular pressure in the eyes of patients suffering from glaucoma.

7. Helps ADHD and ADD Patients – A 2009 USC study documented that medical marijuana isn’t only a great alternative for Ritalin but also effectively treats the disorder without Ritalin’s side effects.

8. Helps Calm OCD and Tourette’s Sufferers – Medical marijuana slows down the tics in people with Tourette’s as well as decrease obsessive neurological symptoms in OCD sufferers.

9. Helps Relieve PMS – medical marijuana can help reduce pain in severe PMS cases.

10. May Treat Multiple Sclerosis – medical marijuana stops neurological effects of muscle spasms.  It protects nerves from damage caused by multiple sclerosis.

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