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Medical cannabis, also known as medical marijuana, helps to alleviate symptoms of numerous conditions and disorders. This includes but is not limited to various types of pain, nausea, anxiety, inflammatory disorders and stress. Take a look below for more information on the cannabinoid properties and specific ailments/conditions that medical cannabis can help treat.
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Chronic pain

Unlike regular pain which is largely temporary and eventually subsides on its own, chronic pain is an ongoing condition and usually lasts longer than three to six months.

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Anxiety is excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational anticipation of future threats.

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Anorexia Nervosa is a psychological condition which typically sees sufferers struggling to maintain a body weight appropriate to their height and age, as well as a lack of appetite and obsession over appearance and weight.

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Appetite Stimulation

There are many conditions that include a low or under-stimulated appetite as a symptom, which can lead to serious complications with treatment depending on the illness.

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Cachexia is a condition that causes extreme weight loss as a result of changes in how the body breaks down fat and muscle.

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Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a lifelong disability characterised by varying degrees of communication impairment.

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Neuropathic pain usually occurs as the result of either injury, infection or a progressive nerve disease.

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Epilepsy is a chronic illness that is characterised by recurrent seizures - a rush of electrical activity in the brain. Since seizures as a result of epilepsy are usually random and unprovoked, epilepsy can severely impact quality of life.

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Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that are characterised by an increase in intraocular pressure, causing irreversible damage to the optic nerve.

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Seizures are bursts of electrical activity that move through the brain often causing muscles to stiffen, twitch or spasm, or states of unawareness.

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Spasticity / Multiple Sclerosis

Muscle spasticity occurs when the nerve impulses that control muscle movement are interrupted or damaged, and is characterised by abnormal muscle tightness due to prolonged muscle contraction.

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Certain cancers

Cancer pain differs from person to person and depends on a range of factors - including the type of cancer, how advanced the illness is and individual pain tolerance.

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Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an umbrella term that captures conditions that impact the gastrointestinal system.

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Chemo induced nausea

For cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting are extremely common, affecting an estimated 80% of patients.

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Arthritis is an informal term that captures hundreds of types of joint pain and joint diseases

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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a term that represents a range of neurological disabilities that cause movement impairment and issues with balance and posture.

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Stress occurs when you perceive a threat or a major challenge, causing chemicals and hormones surge throughout your body and triggering your fight-or-flight response.

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Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that lines the walls of the uterus grow outside of the uterus, commonly affecting the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the lining of the pelvis.

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Non-Cancer pain

Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) is moderate or severe pain that is experienced for six or more months and is usually attributed to an existing condition that does not include cancer.

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Post traumatic stress disorder, more commonly known as PTSD is a long-lasting psychological condition that impacts around 10% of people world wide.

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Restless leg syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, is characterised by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs.

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Insomnia is an incredibly common disorder which is characterised by a disruption to one's normal sleep pattern and behaviour.

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Inflammation forms a part of the body's immune response, and happens whenever the body's tissue is damaged.

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Auto immune diseases

Autoimmune diseases include any conditions where the body is attacked by one's own immune system - the system responsible for protecting the body against bacteria and viruses.

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Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the substantia nigra - a specific area of the brain whose main role is to produce dopamine.

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Chron's Disease / Colitis

In Australia, over 70 thousand people suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

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Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

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Depression is a condition characterised by feelings of sadness, emptiness and a loss of interest in hobbies and/or socialising - all of which can interfere with productivity, social life and daily tasks.

Conditions that can be treated with medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis has been used for thousands of years across various cultures to treat a wide variety of health issues and ailments. As the western world begins to study marijuana more closely for its healing potential, the list of illnesses the cannabis plant can be used to treat only seems to be increasing. 

Over the past few decades, a steadily growing body of clinical research has confirmed that cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis are highly effective against a variety of ailments. 

Conditions treated by medicinal cannabis include neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy; chronic or acute pain, including migraines and arthritis; and gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS. Click into a condition to understand what it is, and how cannabis and cannabis products can be used to treat or alleviate symptoms.