Medical Marijuana as An Antioxidant: Everything You Need to Know
The debate surrounding medical marijuana is rather controversial. Shifts in perceptions regarding the use of cannabis are attributed to changes in social values with respect to acceptable behaviour and this change is often frowned upon if not outright rejected.
In recent times, a narrative has developed around the therapeutic value of a controlled use of the cannabis, also known as Medical Marijuana, which has offers credibility to the claims that cannabis might be effective as a means of treating or controlling symptoms of debilitating medical conditions. One of the key points in this narrative is chemical property of marijuana, i.e.; that it is an Antioxidant.
Oxidants are chemical substances that assist in chemical reactions, these substances while also an integral component of necessary biological functioning often damage the body by affecting chemical reactions on vital body organs to induce or exacerbate symptoms. Prolonged exacerbation or oxidation in the body leads to a condition called “oxidative stress” which can induce severe medical conditions such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The use of anti-oxidants reduces the impact of oxidants in the body, and thus alleviates and manages many of the symptoms that could be a precursor to the highlighted conditions.
Medical Marijuana could be a rather effective treatment option for many of those conditions, considering the evidence that marijuana is an anti-oxidant.
In the following article we will consider two specific cases of the use of Medical Marijuana as treatment among many others that show a direct linkage of the anti-oxidant properties of marijuana:
Epilepsy is a condition characterized by seizures caused by structural damage/abnormality to neurons in the brain. At this moment, 50 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with epilepsy, making it one of the most prevalent neurological conditions in the world. Oxidative stress is cited as a direct cause of epilepsy and the use of medical marijuana in controlling seizures has been observed to be immensely effective due to its anti-oxidant properties.
2) AIDS and HIV
AIDS and HIV are two of the most lethal illnesses known to man, with 36.9 million people living with the conditions worldwide.
The symptoms include swellings, rapid weight loss and painful sensory neuropathy that adversely affect life experiences at an almost profound level. These neuropathic symptoms have been shown to have significantly reduced through the use of medical marijuana due to its anti-oxidant properties, as well as improving food intake and sleep loss that leads to drastic weight loss.
While the list of potential medical application of marijuana goes on and is perhaps boundless, there is evidence to indicate that controlled use of cannabis can lead to substantial health benefits in terms of treating symptoms of various illnesses due to its anti-oxidant properties.
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