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There are few experts, if any, on the research and development side of the cannabis conversation that deny the holistic efficacy of THC. Despite there being a common misperception that the most popular and notorious of all the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant is only responsible for a good time, there is a wealth of scientific data that refutes this assertion. In fact, insiders have known – long before medical cannabis became an acceptable adjunct treatment option – that THC has profound therapeutic benefits.

Beginning in the 1970s, THC administration was discovered to help reduce intraocular pressure in the eye. Since then, people suffering from glaucoma and other eye conditions have been sharing anecdotal evidence along those lines, and reaping the rewards associated with the consumption of THC. These days, medical cannabis remains one of the most popular, and unobtrusive, therapy options for people with a range of eye diseases.1 

Other conditions that THC was traditionally shown to help treat include Alzheimer’s, eating disorders and HIV/AIDS. When medical cannabis first started to be adapted into law by governments across the globe, one of the primary diseases that is was prescribed for was HIV/AIDS. Research has shown that THC can help treat complications of the disease, including HIV wasting syndrome and some of the side-effects that come along with use of antiretroviral drug use.2

Furthermore, studies have shown conclusively that when THC and CBD are combined at a 1:1 ratio, the mix can be hugely advantageous in the context of conditions like chronic pain. Though, unfortunately, because THC has also been shown to trigger a psychoactive response from most anyone who consumes it, the communication around this fact has been muted by the anxiety of some patients, and many healthcare professionals.3 

As the discourse around cannabis has started to reflect the scientific reality of the plant and its extracts, so too are people and healthcare practitioners beginning to truly understand the benefits, not just of CBD, but also THC. Recently, when Canada legalized cannabis use for recreational purposes, this evolution was reflected in the information provided on the government’s website, which, as a sign of changing times, highlighted the benefits of using both CBD and THC for therapeutic reasons.4

  1. https://www.cannabis-med.org/english/patients-use.htm
  2. https://www.verywellhealth.com/medical-marijuana-for-hiv-4129028
  3. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/medical-marijuana-2018011513085
  4. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/about.html

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