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The Many Uses of Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana seems to offer a wide range of benefits, with more being discovered.

While clinical trials are lacking, surveys of patients have helped researchers identify a large number of reasons for using medical marijuana.

Recently, the US Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System queried 217 patients at a California dispensary to find out what ailments cannabis users were treating.

The complete list:

Chronic pain, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, lack of appetite, headaches, nausea, PTSD, muscle spasms, HIV/AIDS, nightmares, arthritis, glaucoma, cancer, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, neuropathy, asthma, seizures, bipolar disorder, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, hepatitis C, emotion regulation, restless leg syndrome, broken back/spinal cord injury, diabetes, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, sciatica, recovery from surgery, alcohol over-consumption, allergies, borderline personality disorder, boredom, breathing, symptoms related to being burned, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, cyclical vomiting syndrome, dermatomyositis, digestions/polyps, Dupuytren’s contracture, fibromyalgia, former lateral epicondylitis, gastroparesis, Graves’ disease, hydrocephalus, intestinal bleeding, lack of motivation, leg cramps, loss of arm, neuralgia, post-viral refractory fatigue, tapering off opiates, tenosynovitis, anger and mood swings.

Contrary to popular belief, it appears it’s not just pain that marijuana can be good for.

January 2014