In addition to the reported effects of relaxation and pain reduction, many users of medicinal cannabis also use the substance as a means to relieve anxiety and certain sleep disorders such as insomnia. According to the National Cancer Institute, studies testing the effectiveness of cannabis showed that test subjects who inhaled marijuana had "improved mood, improved sense of well-being and less anxiety." Additionally, patients who ingested a cannabis plant extract spray (administered under the tongue) reported more restful sleep [source: National Cancer Institute].
More Great Links
- American Cancer Society. "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Herbs, Vitamins and Minerals." http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/marijuana
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- Geoffrey William Guy, Brian Anthony Whittle, Philip Robson. "The medicinal uses of cannabis and cannabinoids." Pharmaceutical Press, 2004.
- McCarberg, Bill M.D. "Marijuana and Pain Management." National Pain Foundation. http://www.nationalpainfoundation.org/articles/112/marijuana-and-pain-management
- National Cancer Institute. "Cannabis and Cannabinoids." National Institutes of Health. 2011. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/patient/Page2#Section_13
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Marijuana" http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/what-we-know-about-ms/treatments/complementary--alternative-medicine/marijuana/index.aspx
- "State Laws: Medical Marijuana." NORML. http://norml.org/legal/medical-marijuana-2
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