What Are the Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana?

In recent years, medical marijuana has gained global attention. As more doctors are studying marijuana more new information is discovered almost daily. Many know that marijuana can help cancer patients cope with their symptoms, but did you know it can help with conditions like endometriosis?

If your doctor has recommended you start using medical marijuana you may be a bit skeptical. You might want to know the pros and cons of medical marijuana. That’s exactly why we put together this article.

But first, let’s talk about some of the different types of medical marijuana.

Best Strains for Your Needs

There are two main strains of marijuana, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa.  Each one can help with different afflictions. Below we will describe each one and what they can help you with.

Cannabis Indica

Indica strains are thought to be more effective with conditions like chronic pain, insomnia, and nausea. If your needs are more full-body you might want to consider using an Indica strain.

Some popular indica strains include Afgan Kush, often noted for its fast relief of pain, and nausea. Northern Lights is another popular Indica strain good for intense relaxation, and relief from insomnia. Grandaddy Purple is one of the more potent Indica strains especially good for sleep disorders.

Cannabis Sativa

Sativas are more known for being uplifting and euphoric. These are more often than not recommended for those suffering from depression and anxiety.

Sativa can increase alertness and it can increase your energy level. Many users like using this strain for daytime use.

Sour Diesel is probably the most popular Sativa strain for its intense pain relief and energizing effects. Lemon Haze is a popular choice among depression patients because it has great mood-boosting properties. Jack Herer is another favorite strain among patients known for its uplifting cerebral effects.


Some patients find they benefit more from hybrid strains. These strains are crossbred from a Sativa and an Indica. Many of them offer a unique combination of benefits from both strains.

Blue Dream is a very popular hybrid strain, it’s noted for its help with nausea and depression. OG Kush is known for its flavor and its uplift and euphoric feeling it promotes. White Widow can help promote relaxation, give uplifting feelings, and some users even report an increase in creativity.

Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana

Now that we’ve discussed some of the different strains of medical marijuana, and talked about what you can use them for. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons we promised you.

Cons of Medical Marijuana

The biggest issue with medical marijuana is the lack of research that has been performed. While we are very aware that marijuana can provide relief for some afflictions, we don’t know to what extent.

For example, there are theories that marijuana can greatly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in certain users. But due to the lack of testing, we don’t know for sure yet.

Another downfall of marijuana is the stigma surrounding it. Partially due to the spread of misinformation after the US “War on Drugs”. Thanks to this stigma many doctors are leery about actually recommending it to patients.

Medical marijuana in Canada however, has been legalized for years. So these issues aren’t as bad here.

Smoking marijuana also causes concern with doctors because of lung damage. While inhaling smoke from either tobacco or marijuana can damage your lungs there are other ways of consuming cannabis to achieve its effects.

Pros of Medical Marijuana

There are many different benefits of medical marijuana. The most studied benefit is the reduced symptoms of chemotherapy.

Cancer patients are regularly recommended marijuana to help increase their appetite, control pain, and even sleep better. It can also help control nausea or vomiting side effects normally associated with chemotherapy.

Marijuana can be used to help with more than just cancer-related illnesses.

Doctors often recommend their patients with epilepsy use marijuana. A study done by Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience shows medical marijuana helps reduce the severity of seizures their patients endure. Its even been shown to stop a seizure right after it starts.

Marijuana is also believed to help with inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease, IBS, and rheumatoid arthritis. And decreasing inflammation can help increase overall health throughout your body.

It is also believed that marijuana can aid in the treatment of many different mental and cognitive disorders. Some doctors have begun recommending marijuana for their patients with generalized anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Muscle spasms resulting from multiple sclerosis, or paralyzation can also be reduced with marijuana use.

Marijuana can be consumed in many different forms. If you are uncomfortable smoking marijuana it is also available as edibles, oils, ointments, and pills. There are many other methods available that may make you feel more comfortable.

More About Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is not a once size fits all solution. Some users may not be suited for medical marijuana treatment. Be sure to voice any concerns with your doctor.

It’s also important to remember that medical marijuana shouldn’t be used in place of any prescribed medications but used as a supplement.

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