Predominantly in the 1850s to 1930s cannabis started to become known for recreational purposes.
As the intake of this drug increased over time, The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified it as a Scheduled 1 Drug.
So naturally controversies aroused surrounding the medical use of marijuana.So for it to become more medical-friendly, its active ingredient THC was synthesized in 1966, and finally approved by the U.S.Food and Drug Administration in 1985.
In 1996, California became the first state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical objectives.
Medical benefits of marijuana
Studies have been done on this herb, and for your favor, here is the list of 5 medical benefits of marijuana.
1. Slow and stop cancer cells from spreading
It was found that Cannabidiol has the ability to stop cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1.
In 2007, researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, reported that CBD may prevent cancer from spreading.
The researchers experimented on breast cancer cells in the lab that had high level of Id-1, and treated them with cannabidiol.
The American Association for Cancer Research has found that marijuana actually works to slow down tumor growth in brain, breast, and lungs considerately.
2. Treat Glaucoma
Marijuana can be used to treat glaucoma, which increases the pressure in the eyeball,and eventually causes loss of vision. According to National Eye Institute, marijuana lowers the pressure inside the eye.
Studies showed that when smoked marijuana lowers intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma.
3. Prevent Alzheimer’s
THC, the active ingredient present in marijuana slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, as studies have shown. THC slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes them. These plaques kill the brain cells, and potentially lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Relieve Arthritis
In 2011, researchers reported that cannabis reduces pain and inflammation, and promotes sleep, which may help relieve pain and discomfort for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Researchers of the rheumatology units at several hospitals gave their patients Sativex, a cannabinoid-based pain-relieving medicine. After two weeks, patients on Sativex had a significant reduction in pain, and improved better sleep quality compared to placebo users.
5. Decrease anxiety
In 2010, researchers at Harvard University suggested that another of the drug’s benefits may actually be reduced anxiety, which would improve the smoker’s mood and act as a sedative in low doses.
Beware, though, higher doses may increase anxiety and make you paranoid.