Conditions You Didn’t Know Were Treatable With Medicinal Cannabis

Medicinal cannabis can have many potential benefits for those suffering from various illnesses. Releaf, the UK’s first all-in-one medical cannabis e-clinic, have revealed some common medical conditions that you may not know could be treatable with medicinal cannabis.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis can cause significant discomfort and significantly reduce the quality of life for those affected. However, evidence shows medicinal cannabis can help manage symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and inflammation in IBD patients. Studies suggest that the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids help modulate the immune response in the gut, providing relief to those living with IBD.


Arthritis is a common condition which causes joint pain and stiffness. While traditional treatments like painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications are commonly prescribed, they can have adverse side effects with prolonged use. Medicinal cannabis has demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce pain and improve joint function for arthritic patients, making it a viable alternative treatment option for certain patients. 

Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders, such as insomnia, can significantly impact a person’s well-being and overall health. Medicinal cannabis strains (known as cultivars), especially those with higher levels of the compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), have been seen to improve sleep patterns and reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. It is always essential to consult with a specialist doctor to discuss a prescription and a treatment plan before taking medicinal cannabis for sleep-related issues.

Tourette Syndrome

Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements and vocalisations called tics. Recent evidence has emerged to suggest that medicinal cannabis could help to reduce the frequency and severity of these tics, due to the effects cannabinoids can have on the brain’s dopamine levels.

Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are prevalent mental health disorders affecting millions worldwide. Traditional treatments, such as antidepressant medications and psychotherapy may not be effective for everyone, and can come with many unwanted side effects. Medicinal cannabis can be a great alternative treatment option for many suffering with these disorders because of its effective anxiolytic and antidepressant properties.

Evidence shows the cannabinoid CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in mood regulation. Studies have suggested that CBD can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression by modulating serotonin receptors in the brain, which leads to an overall sense of calm and well-being.

Cancer Pain

Cancer pain can be intense and challenging to manage, even with conventional pain medications. However, medicinal cannabis may be able to provide relief for many cancer patients experiencing pain and discomfort.

Both the THC and CBD compounds in medicinal cannabis have analgesic properties that can help reduce pain perception and improve overall quality of live. Medicinal cannabis can also address other common symptoms associated with cancer treatment, such as nausea and loss of appetite. However, cancer patients considering medicinal cannabis should always consult with a specialist doctor to ensure it complements their existing treatment plan and does not interfere with their current medications.

Recent research by Releaf has shown that an estimated 29.6 million people (50.2%) in the UK have medical conditions that could respond to medicinal cannabis, yet less than 1% of people are believed to be in active receipt of a cannabis-based prescription.

Releaf is on a mission to break down the stigma attached to cannabis use, to enable more patients to gain access to fully regulated and prescribed medicinal cannabis which can have potentially life changing benefits.

From skin conditions to neurological disorders, the properties of medicinal cannabis can provide relief for many patients where conventional treatments have fallen short.

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