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Cannabis and Cannabinoids may be useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. They can act as an anti-inflammatory, block cell growth, prevent the growth of blood vessels that supply tumors, act as an antiviral and relieve muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. Read more from the National Cancer Institute website.
Glaucoma ranks among the most frequently cited reasons for using medical marijuana and is one of the indications for which the federal government once granted permission for compassionate marijuana use (see Chapter 2 and Chapter 11).
Research findings from as early as the 1970s show that both marijuana and THC reduce intraocular pressure, a key contributor to glaucoma. The first such reports generated considerable interest because at the time conventional medications for glaucoma caused a variety of adverse side effects. But, as will be described, other treatments for the disorder have since eclipsed marijuana-based medicines. Conventional therapies for intraocular pressure outperform cannabinoids, and the next generation of glaucoma drugs is expected to treat the disease more directly or even reverse its progress.
HIV and AIDS
Since the 90s, a pill form of marijuana has been prescribed to treat appetite and weight loss in HIV/AIDS. But new findings suggest marijuana may even help combat the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia among the elderly, and with the ever-increasing size of this population, cases of Alzheimer’s disease are expected to triple over the next 50 years. Consequently, the development of treatments that slow or halt the disease progression have become imperative to both improve the quality of life for patients as well as reduce the health care costs attributable to Alzheimer’s disease.