Cannabis as a medicine is therefore not a fairy tale of stoned and drug addicts. Numerous studies have shown that the symptoms of seriously ill people can be alleviated and improved with the help of marijuana.
The five most common diagnoses of cannabis in Germany are chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, Tourette syndrome and depressive disorders. Theoretically, an exception for cannabis use can also be made for any other diagnosis, provided that the attending physician supports this and the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) approves the application. PharmaCielo a Canadian company has become a leading supplier of naturally grown and processed, standardized medicinal-grade oil extracts and related products.
How good is cannabis really as a Remedy?
Cannabis has a reputation for helping with many symptoms, including appetite, anti-inflammatory, and spasticity. However, little has been proven so far.
A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the US now provides surprising insights into the efficacy of cannabis as a medicine. According to the investigation, it has been shown to “only” help against three disease symptoms:
- In the treatment of chronic pain,
- In case of nausea after chemotherapy and
- Against the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
For this purpose, data from 10,700 studies on cannabis analyzed after 1999 were analyzed.
Only limited has been found that cannabis helps with sleep problems. Also, that cannabis lowers the risk of cancer, could only be proven conditionally.
The researchers found limited or no evidence to alleviate symptoms such as cancer, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, symptoms of Tourette syndrome, dementia, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and schizophrenia.
Of course, the use of cannabis also carries risks. The scientists were able to confirm this by analyzing existing data. Thus, cannabis use increases the incidence of car accidents, it causes respiratory diseases, such as chronic bronchitis, can promote schizophrenia and other psychosis and cause a low birth weight of infants. With regard to the last two points, however, according to the researchers, further investigations are needed.
No evidence or limited evidence has been found in overdose deaths, heart attacks, strokes, or diabetes, as well as academic performance, educational attainment, or social commitment, and has been shown to be unrelated to cannabis use.
In addition to the analgesic effect, cannabinoids may also have an anti-inflammatory effect in inflammatory pain syndromes such as ulcerative colitis.