Current Medical Uses of Marijuana
Much research has been done into the effects of using marijuana, and the past few years marijuana has been endorsed and legalized as a possible medical aid. Although research is ongoing, tentative research shows possible effectiveness for Glaucoma.
Smoking marijuana seems to reduce pressure inside the eye in people with glaucoma. However, it also seems to decrease blood flow to the optic nerve. So far, it is not known if marijuana can improve sight.
HIV/AIDSrelated weight loss. Smoking marijuana seems to stimulate the appetite of people with AIDS. Marijuana cigarettes can also cause weight gain in people with HIV who are also taking indinavir (Crixivan) or nelfinavir (Viracept).
Multiple sclerosis (MS). When smoked or when used as a mouth spray, marijuana seems to be effective for the treatment of muscle tightness and shakiness in people with MS. However, taking marijuana extract by mouth does not seem to consistently reduce shakiness in patients with MS nerve pain.
Early research shows that smoking marijuana three times a day might reduce nerve pain caused by HIV and other conditions. Pain.
Research shows that taking marijuana or certain marijuana components, called cannabinoids, by mouth can decrease pain in people experiencing long term pain.