How Can Medical Marijuana Help You?

Discover the benefits of marijuana

Medical marijuana is quickly becoming a widely accepted treatment for a variety of debilitating conditions, and for good reason. Aside from being an all-natural medicine with few side effects, medical marijuana presents many health benefits.

Millions of Americans rely on medical marijuana every day because it:

  • Virtually no risk of death from overdose
  • In vitro studies have shown cannabinoids may slow the formation of beta amyloid proteins associated with Alzheimer’s, although there is no evidence from large scale clinical trials showing a beneficial effect on humans
  • Reduces the risk of seizures, especially those due to epilepsy
  • Lessens pain resulting from MS, arthritis, cancer and other conditions
  • Combats Glaucoma by reducing eye pressure
  • Can help patients overcome feelings of depression/anxiety
  • Stimulates intestinal activity that can reduce symptoms of Crohn’s disease
  • In vitro and in vivo animal studies indicate that cannabinoids may prevent the spread of cancerous tumors
  • May reduce the symptoms of auto-immune disorders
  • Increases the metabolism and improve the body’s response to sugars
  • Effective treatment for nausea and vomiting, especially in patients on chemotherapy
  • Reduces muscle spasticity, especially in patients with multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy
  • Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis have reported less pain and reduced joint inflammation
  • Marijuana can stimulate appetite, which is beneficial in patients with malnutrition as well as those lacking appetite due to side effects of medications

Cannabis is more interesting than you may think

Medical marijuana offers more benefits than many available prescription drugs, without presenting major side effects, but that isn’t the only thing that makes marijuana interesting. Check out these random facts and become more acquainted with why marijuana is so fascinating.

Would you believe cannabis:

  • Is the second most mood-altering drug in the world, behind alcohol
  • Is used regularly by nearly 200 million people worldwide
  • Goes by hundreds of slang terms, most commonly “marijuana,” pot” or “weed”
  • Was used for medicinal purposes in China over 4,000 years ago
  • Was a cash crop in early America as hemp was used for clothes, rope and paper
  • Can grow two inches a day and reach a height of 18’
  • Seeds were used as food source in previous civilizations
  • Is still a controlled substance, but is becoming more widely accepted for its medicinal qualities
  • Death from overdose of marijuana is virtually non-existent. Researchers have estimated that it would take 15,000 joints smoked in 15 minutes to get a toxic dose of THC.

Precautions About Using Cannabis

  • Marijuana is a hallucinogen that can alter mood and affect judgement. One should never drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery when using marijuana. Such use could result in serious injury or death.
  • Marijuana is considered a controlled substance, which means that there is a potential risk of addiction or dependency, although the risk is low.
  • Some researchers claim marijuana use in pregnancy can result in low birth weight, developmental delay and behavioral issues in the child. However, there is other research that claims it is safe for use in pregnancy and is an effective treatment for morning sickness.
  • Marijuana can adversely affect memory, sensory perception and behavior. The short term effects last about 20 minutes.
  • Marijuana smoke contains tar and chemicals similar to cigarettes that can lead to respiratory illness.
  • Marijuana can increase blood pressure and heart rate. Check with your doctor first if you have a heart condition.


  • If you are a patient, caretaker or physician registered with the NJMMP, we invite you to come explore all that the cannabis plant has to offer at Breakwater ATC. Visit or contact us today to learn more about the health benefits, and outright fun facts, about this amazing plant.