Health Conditions Hemp Can Treat

Updated: Nov 1, 2021

In recent years, Hemp CBD has gained popularity leading to an increase in exploration and recognition to treat a wider array of problems, where other drugs or therapies just aren't cutting it.

Doctors and patients have found that Hemp CBD is effective in helping with symptoms brought on by certain conditions thanks to their support, this has allowed some jurisdictions to permit the use of Hemp CBD with a prescription and a recognized condition.

Now the derivatives from cannabis and synthetic CBD are being produced. These products aim to give the same medicinal benefits, without the drug high.

What can CBD Treat?

For starters, so many things! Cannabis has over 200 medical uses that can be identified, and still, more are being discovered.

Some of these can be broken down into the following broad categories but not limited to :

  • Anti-spasmodic/anti-convulsion

  • Anti-inflammatory/immune system

  • Harm reduction

  • glaucoma

  • asthma

  • Anxiolytic (anxiety reliever)

  • anti-depressant for mood disorders

  • Anti-nausea

  • appetite stimulant

  • Analgesic (pain relief)

Some conditions for which medical marijuana can be prescribed include:

  • Chronic pain

  • Nausea

  • HIV

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Glaucoma

  • IBS

  • and many more

Harmful Side Effects of Marijuana

Quite a few potentially harmful side effects in marijuana have been identified. Including cardiovascular issues such as heartbeat and blood pressure problems, breastfeeding while pregnant, and possible allergic reactions.

Medical marijuana risks may currently be considered low, but people with heart problems may want to consult their doctor before partaking in medical marijuana, as one of its side effects is increased heart rate.

Marijuana can also sometimes cause faintness when consumers stand up quickly, this is known as postural hypotension. This poses a risk of passing out, falling, and possibly suffering a potentially fatal injury. The impact marijuana has on blood pressure is unpredictable, so consult your prescribing doctor.

Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

There are opposing sides when it comes to marijuana use during pregnancy. Whilst some advocate the use for treating morning sickness, other research indicates possible serious neurological effects on a developing child. A research review related to the effects of prenatal exposure to marijuana at various stages of development shows a possible increased risk of stillbirth and low birth weight.

Although, these studies could be convoluted as well, due to the fact that women who use marijuana during pregnancy are more likely to engage in other such behaviors like tobacco smoking. Not giving the most accurate results in the studies.

A significant increase for anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain or skull. This happens when the fetus is exposed to marijuana during the first month of gestation, 1 to 4 weeks after conception.

Some evidence also shows that marijuana use during pregnancy can disrupt structural brain development, as well as neurotransmitters which play a role in cognitive and emotional functioning, leading to impaired regulatory control: irritability, tremors, and poor habits. Also causing difficulty with arousal and state regulation and sleep disturbances.

All in all, doctors have shown concern about the hazards during marijuana pregnancy. Cannabis is fat-soluble, and can easily cross the placenta into the blood-brain barrier. Meaning if the mother uses marijuana it can build up in the tissues of the baby's brain. Which has the potential to damage motor control, memory, and other main brain functions.

Issues in development

There have been a quite few studies that documented neuro-developmental issues in older children, adolescents, and young adults that were prenatally exposed to cannabis. These studies show consistency with the effects of cannabis on a developing fetal central nervous system.

Certain children who had been exposed to marijuana prenatally were followed up with overtime, they found a consistent pattern of issues regarding cognitive functioning. At 6 years old, prenatal exposure was liked to verbal reasoning score and deficits in composite, short-term memory, and quantitative intelligence scores. By the time they were 10 years, negative effects of prenatal exposure had a big impact on design memory and tests of learning and memory, and the children had lower test scores during schooling.