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therapeutic benefits

Therapeutic benefits may sometimes be referred to as therapeutic effects.

The definition of therapeutic benefit encompasses traditional western medical treatments as well as other non-traditional remedies. A treatment may be considered to have therapeutic benefit if it enhances an individual's physical or mental well-being.

WorkplaceTesting Explains Therapeutic Benefit

A therapeutic benefit is a benefit or effect obtained as a result of treatment. The term therapeutic defines any action or method used for the treatment of diseases or disorders. Thus, a therapeutic benefit is a positive result that occurs as a result of a method used to treat a disease or disorder.

A treatment may be of therapeutic benefit whether or not it is classified as a medical or insured treatment. In fact, many therapeutic measures may not be covered by an individual's health insurance plan yet still have a positive effect on the individual's well-being. Creating art, indulging in self-care, and other meditative activities are often considered to be therapeutic.

It may sometimes be important to categorize a specific therapeutic method of treatment as a medical treatment or not in order to comply with federal workplace recording laws. For example, a therapeutic exercise or physical therapy provided on the worksite to address a workplace injury may be considered medical treatment under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's recordkeeping guidelines.

Marijuana is currently legal, on the state level, in 29 states, and in Washington, DC. It is still illegal from the federal government’s perspective. The Obama administration did not make prosecuting medical marijuana even a minor priority. President Donald Trump promised not to interfere with people who use medical marijuana, though his administration is currently threatening to reverse this policy. About 85% of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana, and it is estimated that at least several million Americans currently use it.

In particular, marijuana appears to ease the pain of multiple sclerosis, and nerve pain in general. This is an area where few other options exist, and those that do, such as Neurontin, Lyrica, or opiates are highly sedating. Patients claim that marijuana allows them to resume their previous activities without feeling completely out of it and disengaged.

Marijuana without the high

Marijuana is also used to manage nausea and weight loss and can be used to treat glaucoma. A highly promising area of research is its use for PTSD in veterans who are returning from combat zones. Many veterans and their therapists report drastic improvement and clamor for more studies, and for a loosening of governmental restrictions on its study. Medical marijuana is also reported to help patients suffering from pain and wasting syndrome associated with HIV, as well as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

These are just a few of the excellent questions around this subject, questions that I am going to studiously avoid so we can focus on two specific areas: why do patients find it useful, and how can they discuss it with their doctor?

Least controversial is the extract from the hemp plant known as CBD (which stands for cannabidiol) because this component of marijuana has little, if any, intoxicating properties. Marijuana itself has more than 100 active components. THC (which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical that causes the “high” that goes along with marijuana consumption. CBD-dominant strains have little or no THC, so patients report very little if any alteration in consciousness.