Marijuana often garners negative attention for its associated health risks, which include potential brain changes and heart complications. But more and more medical professionals are also recognizing cannabis as a potent treatment for certain physical ailments.
Medical News Today recently reported on a breakthrough marijuana-based treatment for children with severe epilepsy who hadn’t responded well to traditional treatments. It involves a marijuana extract called cannabidiol, which is taken in liquid form and does not create a “high” feeling. A recent study found that the number of seizures experienced by these children were cut in half while taking the extract.
Using cannabidiol in this way is still considered experimental, but the findings are encouraging. According to a recent CNN report, many medical professionals are pushing for more leeway in testing marijuana’s long-term health effects across a variety of patients. Unfortunately, research on the subject up to this point has been scanty and hard to come by. However, some experts say that anecdotal accounts of self-medicating with marijuana suggest that the drug may very well improve conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and more.
Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 states, as well as Washington D.C.