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Medical Marijuana and Aneurysms

Posted Mar 21 2010 2:41am

Marijuana also known as Cannabis is a drug derived from the hemp plant. It has been used as an illegal recreational drug around the world for many years.  The drug has been studied to determine if there are any medical uses and it has shown some medicinal uses.

medical marijuana and aneurysms

Legalized Medical Marijuana

Many countries have made it legal to use marijuana for certain medical conditions. These include Canada, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Finland, Israel, Portugal, the Netherlands and 13 of the United States of America.

In the United States laws have been enacted with certain restrictions and guidelines in Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

Medical Marijuana can be taken in different forms.  It can be smoked, eaten, the vapors can be inhaled by spray application or it can be taken in the THC pill or liquid form.

Medical Marijuana and Aneurysms

There have been no studies suggesting the benefits or adverse effects of medical marijuana and aneurysms.  There have been reports by patients that suggest benefits occurring following repair of aneurysms of the effects caused by the surgery.  Research also suggests that people who use marijuana are at higher risk for developing aneurysms and other health issues than those who do not.

Marijuana use increases the heart rate and lowers the blood pressure in the body. The effects of these two processes can adversely affect an existing aneurysm increasing the chance of rupture.

Conditions that Benefit from Medical Marijuana

Studies in various parts of the world have discovered medical benefits for people who suffer from arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, glaucoma, epilepsy, stroke and brain injury, migraine headaches, eating disorders and relief of nausea associated with chemotherapy treatment.

It has also been effective in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and those with long term debilitating conditions and for pain management. Other conditions treated with medical marijuana are insomnia, cancer, chronic back pain, post traumatic stress disorder, gastritis, and sinusitis and neck pain.

The use of marijuana to treat medical conditions requires documentation by a licensed physician in the United States. The medical benefits continue to be studied throughout the world.  The chemical ingredient THC is being studied to determine whether the benefits outweigh the adverse effects.  There is much debate over legalizing the drug and the areas that have legalized it for medical purposes have strict guidelines regarding its use and the amounts of the drug you may possess.

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