Three conditions that can be treated by medical cannabis

There are many conditions treated by medical cannabis. Medical cannabis is a term used for any cannabis plant-based medicine that is used to treat illnesses and relieve symptoms. A lot of medical cannabis products such as hemp or CBD oil are available to legally buy through food supplement websites. But some products are also available on prescription, called medicinal cannabis.

Very few people will be prescribed cannabis-based medicine in the UK. However, it is becoming widely accepted across the globe because of its healing abilities. In the UK, medical cannabis is only likely to be prescribed to adults and children will severe epilepsy and cancer patients who are suffering from nausea and sickness from chemotherapy. 

However, research has shown that medical cannabis can treat many conditions including:

  • Epilepsy
  • Arthritis
  • Appetite loss
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms 
  • Nausea
  • Eating disorders
  • Chronic Pain
  • Schizophrenia

Conditions treated by medical cannabis

Let us take a look at how medical cannabis can treat some of these conditions in more detail.


Arthritis is a term used to describe the inflammation of the joint. There are more than 100 types, including, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis. Over the years, cannabis has been tested for its anti-inflammatory properties. Many people who suffer from chronic pain preferred taking medicinal cannabis over pharmaceutical medicine. 

Medical cannabis has proved to have benefits for those suffering from arthritis. A study completed by CreakyJoints showed us that from over one thousand patients, 57% of patients have tried medical cannabis and 90% said it was effective and helped ease their pain. 


Medical cannabis has also shown to help treat the conditions of epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes a person to have frequent seizures, often caused by strong and flashing lights. Cannabis-based medicines and CBD, in particular, have shown great benefits to reducing these seizures. It can also help to stop the severity of epilepsy and control future seizures.

However, doctors advice should always be seaked when wanting to try medical cannabis for the treatment of epilepsy. Because everyone reacts to medicine differently, there are certain risks involved, such as sickness or nausea.

Chronic Pain

Finally, medical cannabis helps to reduce chronic pain. Chronic pain can include things such as spinal injuries when the nerve endings become damaged. This pain can last from days to months and often pharmaceutical medicine does not help. 

However, medical cannabis such as CBD oil contains cannabinoids that react with the bodies ECS system- the endocannabinoid system. When the body receives the cannabinoids, it translates the signals to the brain which then relieves the pain.


Due to the fact that medical cannabis has proven to be able to treat a range of illnesses, a lot of people argue that it should be made legal for medical uses. In fact, some states in America have started to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis with other countries following suit. The more research that is done into medical cannabis the more it will become recognised as a beneficial legal medicine.

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