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Marijuana Could Help Treat Drug Addiction, Mental Health, Study Suggests

As scientists and health experts desperately seek answers to ending various drug addictions, including opioid dependency and alcoholism, new research suggests that marijuana may be the treatment for many addictions including to drugs, ScienceDaily reports. The research also found that cannabis could help with depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) and anxiety.

While its use isn’t as positive for people with bipolar disorder and psychosis, marijuana use for medical purposes is gaining ground by leaps and bounds: Most research to date shows that cannabis offers significant health benefits for minimal risk, thanks to your endocannabinoid system.

For example, children with epilepsy can often find rapid relief using cannabis oil; about 25 percent experience a significant reduction in seizures within days or weeks. Other medical conditions that could be helped include pain disorders, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Many people ask how they can educate themselves about cannabis. One reputable source where you can find research relating to the use of cannabis is cancer.gov. The Journal of Pain, a publication by the American Pain Society, has a long list of studies on the pain-relieving effects of cannabis and would certainly seem worth the effort for anyone with chronic pain to utilize.

And, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which also has information relating to the medicinal aspects of marijuana, preclinical and clinical trials are under way to test marijuana and various extracts for the treatment of a number of diseases, including autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease, inflammation and pain.