Medical Marijuana is a subject that is slightly controversial in some social circles. Some people claim it makes you paranoid, others think it makes you lazy, but did you know that cannabis also possesses health benefits? Read on to discover eight health benefits of medical marijuana that you were previously unaware of.

Marijuana Can Help with Epilepsy

Researcher Robert J. DeLorenzo did a study where he gave epileptic rats marijuana extract. The extract rid the animals of epileptic symptoms for about ten hours.

THC Slows Alzheimers. A 2006 study, published in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, found that medical cannabis helps prevent the onset and spread of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s true!

Treats and Prevents Glaucoma. Glaucoma increases pressure in the eyeball, which leads to a whole host of problems and pain. Marijuana has been shown to decrease this pressure, providing relief for and preventing the disease Glaucoma.

Provides Pain Relief for Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers

The THC in weed binds to receptors in the nerves and muscles of sufferers of MS. It helps to relieve painful symptoms.

Cannabis Improves Lung Health. Although it seems hard to believe, marijuana does not decrease lung capacity. In fact, studies have shown that it actually increases it. The reasons for this are unclear however, and may be due to users taking deep breaths while inhaling the drug.

It Helps with Dravet’s Syndrome (a Seizure Disorder). Dravet’s syndrome causes developmental delays along with severe seizures. In one study, a five year old girl went from having 300 seizures a week to only 1 per week with the help of a medical marijuana strain which is low in THC and high in Cannabidiol.

Medical Cannabis Decreases Anxiety for Some Users

Medical weed is often used in addition to chemotherapy for its anti-nausea and pain relieving properties. For some patients, it also reduces anxiety. Higher doses may have the opposite effect though.

It May Prevent the Spread of Cancer. Weed may help to combat the spread of cancer, suggest researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Research conducted in 2007 helped the studiers to reach this conclusion.