Does Medical Marijuana Help, Really? Here Are 10 Issues It's Been Proven To Treat

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Cannabis enthusiasts, rejoice — the tide of public opinion is turning, and turning fast, in marijuana's favor. After years of debate over the legitimacy of using a largely recreational drug for medical purposes, the scientific community is finally sidling over to support users of medical marijuana, with America's top doctor, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, recently admitting that the substance "can be helpful." While he gave his support warily, considerable research has shown that the health benefits of medical marijuana do, in fact, exist, and are quite far reaching. Needless to say, weed has come a long way.

The drug can be used to treat a number of ailments, and as its stigma is lessened, there is even talk of using marijuana to treat children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In February's edition of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, doctors are asking whether medical marijuana could be used to address certain psychological and psychiatric disorders in younger patients. Although there is not yet sufficient evidence to fully recommend cannabis to children and teens, there are several additional — and far less controversial — diseases for which medical marijuana is thought to be useful. Here are just a few common illnesses that could benefit from a little bit of weed.

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