by Brian McKay


Not a day goes by anymore where the benefits of medical marijuana aren’t realized by those in need. Public policy of its use can vary greatly in the United States, but Canada has recently legalized across the entire country. Maybe you haven’t explored what medical marijuana can do to benefit you yet. If so, this article is intended to increase awareness to properties that can dramatically improve the lives of many.

There are two active chemicals in marijuana that are shown to have medicinal properties.  One is cannabidiol (CBD) — which seems to impact the brain without a high. The other is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — which has pain relieving properties and is largely responsible for the high.

To say marijuana is anything less than a wonder drug, would be utterly wrong. It has so many beneficial uses that we can’t even touch on them all here. Here are just a few to consider:


Pain Management

The most supported and used medicinal benefit of marijuana is pain management. Daily, we hear of the adverse impact of opioid addiction, much of which comes about through over prescription of pain medication. Marijuana is shown to reduce pain without the addictive properties inherent in opioids.

It can be difficult to know the strain best situated for one’s type of pain needs but a reputable medicinal marijuana dispensary would recommend a strain of indica for nighttime use. This is the strain that provides deep body relaxation. A specific product would be one like Platinum Bubba Kush,, which is an indica strain.

The other strain is called sativa. It is also used to treat chronic pain, but in a day time application due to its energizing effects.


Appetite Increase

Many, suffering through the horrible effects of diseases like cancer, have little appetite yet need to eat to maintain crucial strength in their fight. Indica strains increase appetite for these individuals along with their relaxing effects. The strain also decreases nausea that can impact the sufferer’s ability to keep food down.


Anxiety Relief

In our complex world, anxiety is a very common affliction. A sativa strain can be used during the day to provide tremendous help in alleviating anxiety and depression. At night, worry can be quelled with the relaxing qualities of an indica strain, which facilitates sleep. For those of us that have a hard time controlling worry or shutting our brains off at night, marijuana is truly a wonder.


Glaucoma Treatment

Glaucoma increases pressure in the eye which then damages the optic nerve. Studies have shown since the 1970’s that marijuana use lowers intraocular pressure (IOP) in the eye. While there is some question to whether the benefits are only temporary or not, THC holds tremendous potential in continued development of medicinal solutions for glaucoma.



Many that suffer from seizures report that marijuana helps decrease, or even eliminate seizures. While there isn’t a tremendous body of double-blind research behind this, those suffering have reported amazing success from this use.


Alleviate Arthritis Discomfort

Use of marijuana can reduce inflammation associated with Arthritis. The sleep and pain reliving properties of an indica, can help sufferers get the rest they need. Studies have shown tremendous quality of life benefits for arthritis patients over a placebo.


The list of other benefits goes on and on. Marijuana users tend to have better digestive health, better metabolism and even slowed impacts from Alzheimer’s. Innovations in how marijuana can be introduced into your body abound. Online dispensaries, like The Wellness Temple, offer everything from edibles to vaping kits or even concentrates that can be cooked with.

It is truly a wonder drug. If you are suffering from adverse health, it is worth giving medical marijuana a try. Here is to your health and the tremendous benefits to you ahead.