One of the major benefits associated with medicinal marijuana use is the relief of chronic or neuropathic pain. A study published in February 2009 in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology examined the effect of medical marijuana treatment in HIV patients who experience neuropathic pain. In this study, Dr. Ellis and colleagues found that 46 percent of patients administered medical marijuana experienced at least a 30 percent reduction in pain. In contrast, only 18 percent of patients administered placebo achieved similar results
Use of marijuana stimulates the body's metabolism and causes users to experience an increase in appetite. Numerous disease states-
Many patients experience nausea or vomiting due to certain diseases or treatments, such as chemotherapy. The National Cancer Institute reports that THC-
Inhalation of marijuana smoke relaxes the muscles within the body. Patients who experience frequent muscle tightness or twitching (spasticity) often have difficulty completing normal tasks associated with daily activities. Such patients may benefit from the use of medical marijuana, as this drug can help reduce symptoms of muscle tension or muscular aches or pains. This form of treatment may increase a patient's ability to move normally and can promote a more positive quality of life.
National Cancer Institute: Marijuana Use in Supportive Care for Cancer Patients
Neuropsychopharmacology; Smoked medicinal cannabis for neuropathic pain in HIV: a randomized, crossover clinical trial; RJ Ellis, et. al.; February 2009
Drug Free: Marijuana Facts