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How Cannabis Helps Relieve Symptoms of Chronic Illness

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From brain-degenerative diseases the likes of dementia or Alzheimer’s, all the way to diabetes and osteoporosis, chronic illnesses are our time’s greatest issue that can have a staggeringly negative effect on the quality of our lives. Naturally, we continue looking for ways to battle these illnesses, and more importantly, prevent them altogether, but we also need more effective solutions in healing our bodies to reduce or eliminate painful symptoms of these illnesses. 

Aside from numerous medications used today, many people want to find healthier, natural alternatives that provide similar if not the same perks without the side-effects. Luckily, as more countries legalize cannabis for its various purposes, its use in treating the symptoms of chronic illnesses has become more widespread. Here are a few benefits this healing plant can provide to all those who might be dealing with painful symptoms, and how you can use it to improve the quality of your life.

Relieving muscle tension and spasms

For multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, the need for pain relief goes beyond comfort and convenience. They need medication in certain stages of the illness in order to be able to move at all, and to reduce the muscle spasms that can otherwise impede their independence completely. Cannabis has been shown to help MS patients with these episodes of muscle spasms and it reduces overall muscle tension.

Another benefit of cannabinoids for MS patients is that the plant has the potential to improve their sleep quality, reduce stress as well as anxiety, which in turn helps them handle other symptoms and retain their much-needed energy.

Reducing body-wide inflammation

When it comes to various chronic illnesses, it can be difficult to pinpoint their cause, let alone treat a myriad of different underlying issues that lead to such diseases. However, there’s one common factor that causes, or at the very least contributes to the onset and worsening of many chronic diseases, and that is inflammation. 

While acute inflammation is a normal process, and a healthy one, chronic inflammation can wreak havoc on your immune system and overall health, leading to many illnesses, including inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, and the like. Cannabis has a great potential to reduce inflammation in your body, which effectively targets that underlying cause of so many chronic diseases. 

Relieving chronic pain

How Cannabis Helps Relieve Symptoms of Chronic Illness

For centuries, the plant has been used as a form of pain relief, and nowadays, more companies are looking for ways we can consume cannabis safely and conveniently and achieve the same effects. For instance, brands such as Shango offer a range of concentrates, edibles, and cartridges that allow people to find the simplest way to make the most of this potent plant. 

The key here is to make sure that the plant and its consumption is legal in your country, and that you have access to trustworthy vendors with high-quality, safe products you can consume. In such situations, pain caused by a range of chronic illnesses, including arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, and the like, can be treated with cannabis. 

Helping with cancer treatment

The severe consequences of various forms of cancer are undeniable, but treatment for cancer can also lead to health issues and further damage to the immune system, making recovery far more difficult and even unlikely. Cancer patients often experience common symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, and a lack of appetite, which leads to weight loss and dehydration, as well as poor nutrient absorption.

Although studies are still in their infancy, they have already shown that cannabis can indeed help cancer patients on several levels. First off, marijuana is a known appetite stimulant, and it tends to reduce the feeling of nausea. Moreover, research has also shown the potential for cannabis to help boost radiation and its effect on cancer cells, which increases the patient’s chances to fight the disease. 

Lowering your eye pressure

One of those conditions very few people know about unless they need to tackle it themselves includes glaucoma, an eye condition that can cause blindness if not treated properly. Caused by the damage of the optic nerve, and it can be worsened in people who struggle with high eye pressure due to its impact on that same nerve, glaucoma can be treated with cannabis.

Although not all cases are created equal and not all patients would be recommended to use medical marijuana to treat glaucoma, in some instances, it can help with lowering your eye pressure and thus relieve that pressure from the nerve.


Living a life with a chronic illness can be very burdensome, but when you have access to different and natural treatment options, you can live comfortably and reduce the various symptoms that you could experience as a result of that illness. Cannabis is becoming a more prevalent solution for so many health troubles, and hopefully, more studies will ensue to confirm and discover how we can use this plant to benefit our wellbeing.

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