Here is a list of common diseases that marijuana has been known to benefit. We have outlined the basic symptoms and the potential benefits marijuana has on each disease.

Disease

Symptoms

Benefits from Cannabis

ADD/ADHD

  • Attention-deficit disorder
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • The co-existence of attention problems and hyperactivity
  • Excessive inattentiveness
  • Impulsiveness
  • Hyperactivity (constant moving and squirming)
  • Constant feeling of agitation and restlessness
  • Extreme procrastination and disorganization
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Has a calming effect
  • Improves ability to concentrate in some cases of ADD

AIDS

  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • A chronic, life threatening condition caused by HIV
  • Severe pain
  • Anorexia/Weight loss
  • Cachexia
  • Severe nausea
  • Reduces neuropathic pain/muscle spasms
  • Improves appetite and sleep patterns
  • Reduces nausea/vomiting
  • Reduces stress

Anorexia

  • A psychological eating disorder
  • Denial of seriously low weight
  • Distorted body image with obsessive fear of gaining weight
  • Known to control weight through voluntary starvation, excessive exercise, or other weight control measures. (Diet pills or diuretic drugs)
  • Weight loss from restricting food or purging it
  • Amenorrhea (interruption of the menstrual cycle for at least 3 consecutive cycles)
  • Bone loss
  • Extra sensitivity to cold
  • Bloated stomach after eating
  • Fine hair grows on skin for warmth
  • Yellowed skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Benefits
  • Increases appetite
  • Improves overall mood

Arthritis

  • A disease of the joints that is usually accompanied by inflammation, pain, stiffness, swelling, and sometimes may lead to deformation of the joint structure
  • Dry scalp with dandruff
  • Dry skin which shows whitish spots in different part of the body
  • Ear has no ear wax
  • Fingernails that appear brittle or splitting
  • Ringing in ears
  • Stretch mark which appears after losing weight
  • Rectum itching
  • Nose constantly itching
  • Teeth have etch lines
  • Varicose veins in legs
  • Being Sterile
  • Helps with pain and inflammation
  • Acts as sleeping aid by reducing pain and increasing quality of sleep

Asthma

  • A predisposition to chronic inflammation of the lungs where the airways are reversibly narrowed
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Can help reduce symptoms by opening up bronchial tubes

Auto Accidents

  • Pain from a previous car accident
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Helps reduce pain
  • Sleeping aid

Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Most common form of dementia
  • Incurable, degenerative, and terminal disease
  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and inability to retrace steps
  • Changes in mood and personality
  • Can help prevent the formation of Alzheimer’s plaques in the brain
  • Slows the degenerative process

Brain Injury

  • Brain damage, the destruction or degeneration of brain cells
  • Acquired brain injury, damage to the brain acquired after birth
  • Traumatic brain injury, Damage that occurs when an outside force injures the brain
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Inattention
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired memory
  • Faulty judgment
  • Depression and irritability
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Migraine headaches
  • Decreases swelling
  • Helps with pain

Cancer

  • A class of diseases in which a group of cells display uncontrolled growth
  • Can sometimes spread to other locations on the body
  • Can form tumors
  • Caused by abnormalities
Patient usually suffer no symptoms until they begin chemo/radiation therapy
  • Stops breast cancer from spreading
  • Reduces tumors and kills cancer cells for brain cancer
  • Reduces tumors and slows cancers growth for lung cancer
  • See Chemotherapy/Radiation Therapy

Chemotherapy

  • Cancer treatment
  • Among the most powerful and toxic chemicals used in medicine
  • Kills healthy cells as well as cancer cells
  • Severe nausea which can last for weeks
  • Dry heaves which can last for hours sometimes days
  • Can rupture esophagus from excessive vomiting
  • Severe fluid and weight loss due to lack of appetite/vomiting
  • Increases appetite
  • Reduces pain
  • Sleeping aid
  • Helps with nausea

Chronic Pain

  • Not a condition or injury, but rather a frequent and intolerable symptom
  • Pain that persists longer than the temporal course of natural healing, associated with a particular type of injury
  • Pain that does not go away as expected after an illness or injury
  • Pain that maybe described as shooting, burning, aching, or electrical
  • Discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness
  • Fatigue and/or sleeplessness
  • Withdrawal from activity and increased need to rest
  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces swelling

Chronic Nausea

  • A constant sensation where there is a need to vomit
  • Not a condition but a frequent and intolerable symptom from a condition
  • A sick feeling that makes you want to vomit
  • Helps reduce nausea
  • Increases appetite and helps keep food down

Colitis

  • One of a group of conditions which are inflammatory and auto immune, affecting the tissue that lines the gastrointestinal system
  • Intense pain
  • Tenderness in abdomen
  • Depression
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Aches and pains within joints
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Reduces pain
  • Increases appetite

Crohn’s Disease

  • An inflammatory disease in the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from anus to mouth causing a wide variety of symptoms
  • Persistent or recurring diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain, tenderness, and/or swelling
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces nausea
  • Increases appetite
  • Reduced vomiting
  • Sleeping aid thus decreasing fatigue
  • Helps weight gain
  • Fewer stools per day and fewer flare ups of less severity

Epilepsy

  • A chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures
  • Convulsions
  • Muscle spasms
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Strange sensations
  • Strange emotions
  • Strange behavior
  • Reduces seizures and muscle spasms
  • Curbs symptoms
  • Prevents loss of consciousness

Side effects from Dialysis

  • Hernias
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloating and weight gain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased appetite
  • Sleeping aid
  • Reduced swelling
  • Reduced fatigue

Fibromyalgia

  • A medically unexplained syndrome characterized by chronic widespread pain and heightened and painful response to pressure
  • Extreme and widespread pain
  • Chronic Head aches
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Joint stiffness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Bowl and bladder abnormalities
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Sleeping aid
  • Reduces Fatigue
  • Reduces pain

Glaucoma

  • A disorder usually associated with ocular hypertension (excess pressure within the eye)
  • Gradual vision deterioration
  • Peripheral vision deterioration
  • Dim peripheral vision
  • Tunnel vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Foggy vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty adjusting to brightness
  • Halos around bright lights
  • Mild eye pain
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Can protect the nerves from damage
  • Decreases the elevated IOP of patients
  • Reduces nausea
  • Helps patients see more clearly
  • Reduces pressure in eye

HIV

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Damages immune system
  • Interferes with your body’s ability to fight off viruses
  • Makes you more susceptible to certain types of cancers and infections
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Rash
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Cough and shortness of breath
  • Increases appetite
  • Reduces pain
  • Sleeping aid
  • Helps with naus

Head Injury

  • Refers to trauma to the head
  • Blurred vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Head aches
  • Reduces pain

Hypertension

  • A chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure is elevated, also known as high blood pressure
  • A leading cause of Chronic Renal Failure
  • Headaches
  • Morning headaches
  • Ringing in ears
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Convulsion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pains
  • Can normalize blood pressure
  • Sleeping aid to reduce fatigue
  • Reduces nausea
  • Reduced vomiting
  • Increased appetite

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • A functional bowel disorder
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Discomfort
  • Bloating
  • An alteration in bowel habits in the absence of any organic cause
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain relief
  • Curbs symptoms

Migraines

  • A type of severe headache that usually occurs in episodes or attacks, which can last from 3 to 72 hours
  • Severe headache (on one or both sides)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Visions disturbance
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Pain over one eye
  • Reduces severity
  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces nausea
  • Increases appetite
  • Sleeping aid

Muscular Dystrophy

  • A group of genetic, hereditary muscle diseases that weaken the muscles that move the body
  • Gait problems
  • Waddling gait
  • Falls
  • Difficulty standing up
  • Difficulty climbing stairs
  • Difficulty descending stairs
  • Firm looking muscles
  • Enlarged muscles
  • Decreased appetite
  • Pain
  • Increased appetite
  • Reduces pain

Multiple Sclerosis

  • Disorder where patches of myelin in the brain and spinal cord are destroyed
  • Normal functioning of the nerve fibers themselves is interrupted
  • Tingling/Numbness
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Impaired vision
  • Painful muscle spasms
  • Weakness
  • Paralysis
  • Tremors
  • Loss of coordination/balance
  • Can help control uncoordinated muscle action
  • Limit pain and spasticity
  • Relieves tremors and unsteadiness

Muscle Spasms

  • A sudden, involuntary contraction of muscles, sometimes accompanied with a sudden burst of pain
  • Twitches
  • Tics
  • Chorea (any disorder caused by involuntary movement or spasms)
  • Seizures
  • Spasms
  • Pain in muscles and body
  • Can reduces muscle spasms
  • Relieves pain

Nausea

  • A sensation of unease or discomfort in stomach
  • Stomach pain
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Reduces Nausea
  • Increases appetite
  • Reduces vomiting
  • Sleeping aid

Paraplegia

  • An impairment in motor and/or sensory function of the lower extremities
  • Leg paralysis
  • Lower body paralysis
  • Bladder control problems
  • Bladder incontinence
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Painful muscle spasms
  • Reduces pain
  • Sleeping aid
  • Reduces stress and anxiety

Parkinson’s Disease

  • A degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer’s motor skills, speech, and other functions
  • A tremor in one little finger
  • Hand tremor
  • Tremor in one hand
  • Tremor in one leg
  • Tremor in one arm
  • Tremor in one side of the body
  • Involuntary head nodding
  • Difficulty walking
  • Stooping posture
  • Shuffling gait
  • Stammering
  • Difficulty talking
  • Reduces or alleviates symptoms
  • Improves extreme slowness of movement and reflexes
  • Improves muscle rigidity and tremor

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • An anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to one or more traumatic events that threatened or caused great physical harm
  • Nightmares
  • Persistent daily thoughts
  • Flashbacks
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Body aches
  • Sleeping problems
  • Emotional problems
  • Emotionally numb
  • Detachment
  • Trouble feeling affectionate
  • Startled easily
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Loosing interest
  • Feelings of intense guilt
  • Reduces pain
  • Sleeping aid
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves quality of life

Quadriplegia

  • A paralysis caused by illness or injury to a human that results in the partial or total loss of use of all their limbs and torso
  • Loss of sensation in arms and legs
  • Loss of ability to intentionally move arms and legs
  • Incontinence of bladder and bowels
  • Impotence
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Pressure sores
  • Paralysis of arms
  • Paralysis of legs
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Impotence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Painful muscle spasms
  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces spasms

Radiation Therapy

  • The medical use of ionizing radiation as part of cancer treatment to control malignant cells
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Red itchy skin
  • Sore throat
  • Hair loss
  • Recurrent infections
  • Bleeding
  • Anemia
  • Reduced Nausea
  • Increased appetite
  • Reduced vomiting
  • Weight gain
  • Sleeping aid

Seizure Disorders

  • One of many medical conditions that are characterized by episodes of uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain
  • Muscle jerking
  • Uncontrollable blinking
  • Seizures
  • Uncontrollable limb shaking
  • Inability to speak
  • Inability to move
  • Visual and/or auditory hallucinations
  • Sudden uncontrollable crying or laughter
  • Less frequent seizures
  • Sleeping aid
  • Relaxes muscles

Sleep Disorders

  • A medical disorder of sleep patterns
  • Irritability or sleepiness during the day
  • Difficulty staying awake when sitting still, watching TV, or reading
  • Fall asleep or feel very tired while driving
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Slow reactions
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Napping daily
  • Can regulate sleeping patterns
  • Sleeping aid

Spinal Cord Injury/Disease

  • Often results in loss of motion, neuropathic pain, muscle spasms, loss of bladder control, erectile dysfunction, and depression
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of sensation
  • Loss of reflex function
  • Loss of automatic activity
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to stimuli
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Loss of function
  • Reduces muscle spasms and spasticity
  • Suppresses muscle jerks
  • Reduces pain
  • Sleeping aid
  • Increases appetite

Sports Injury

  • An injury to an athlete that occurred while participating in sports
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Heat
  • Redness
  • Loss of function
  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation
  • Sleeping aid

Tourette’s Syndrome

  • An inherited neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by the presence of multiple physical tics
  • Repeated involuntary movements
  • Uncontrollable vocal sounds
  • Tics
  • Facial tics
  • Eye blinking
  • Motor Tics
  • Head jerking
  • Neck stretching
  • Foot stamping
  • Body twisting
  • Throat clearing
  • Coughing
  • Obsessive compulsive thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Abnormal sleep disturbances
  • Sleeping aid
  • Helps with depression
  • Reduced symptoms
  • Reduces tics