What medical conditions can be treated with medicinal cannabis?

According to several studies and expert opinions, medicinal cannabis can be used to help tread a variety of conditions. The list is extensive. Medicinal cannabis can be used to manage pain, help patients regain their appetite and reduce anxiety, amongst other benefits. What follows are some conditions for which medicinal cannabis is commonly prescribed.

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive condition that affects the central nervous system, including the brain and the spinal cord. Symptoms include pain, muscle spasms, balance issues, vision problems and more. According to studies published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal, medicinal cannabis can help to significantly reduce pain and muscle spasms, greatly increasing patient quality of life.

Cancer

Cancer is one of the most prevalent conditions in Puerto Rico and the world. Medicinal cannabis can help to significantly decrease side effects both from the condition and traditional medical treatments such as chemotherapy. With medicinal cannabis, patients experience less pain and less nausea while increasing their appetite.

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS patients who are prescribed medicinal cannabis experience similar benefits as cancer patients do. According to the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 97% of patients being treated with medicinal cannabis experience increased appetite, 94% suffered less pain and 93% reported decreased nausea and anxiety.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a blanket term for joint pain due to inflammation. According to studies, medicinal cannabis can help to significantly decrease arthritis pain, significantly improving quality of life for people affected by this condition.

Patients struggling with their conditions, such as fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s, Parkinson’s, anxiety, anorexia, migraine, hepatitis C, spinal injuries, chronic pain, muscle spasms, severe nausea, and epilepsy can significantly improve their quality of live with medicinal cannabis treatment.