Pennsylvania is the 27th state in the US that will begin medical Marijuana sales, although prices are yet to be made public. But don’t get too excited yet – the law in Pennsylvania restricts the drug to certain types of products, so it won't be available in edible or smokable form. But what exactly are the benefits of marijuana coming to your state? Not that it is available legally, it’s high time (no pun intended) that people get a true understanding of why some people would subscribe to marijuana. Let’s take a look.

Marijuana is used to treat autism

Yes, folks, some parents give medical marijuana to their kids who suffer from autism.

It actually works! Cannabis helps to regulate emotions and aggressive outbursts. It also helps the brain to achieve breakthroughs in learning, consciousness and understanding.

Marijuana can ease the pain of multiple sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a neurodegenerative autoimmune disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve. For some reason, the immune system begins to think of neurons as harmful invaders. As a result, the body’s immune system attacks itself. There is no cure for this disease, but cannabis has been found to help alleviate the pain and tension that sufferers experience.

Marijuana can help ease the pain and wasting syndrome associated with HIV

Because HIV attacks the immune system, it wreaks havoc throughout the patient’s body.

This creates new opportunities for infection and cancer, and it can also trigger a potentially lethal wasting syndrome, dementia and painful nerve damage. Patients have reported that marijuana eases these problems, including the depression and anxiety that comes with this disease.

Marijuana is used to treat glaucoma

Glaucoma is a condition in which the optic nerve in the eye becomes damaged over time, reducing side vision. In some cases, people have gone blind as a result. One cause of optic nerve damage in glaucoma is higher-than-normal pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure or "IOP"). Marijuana helps to reduce this pressure in the eye.

People swear that marijuana lessens tremors in Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that permanently affects the nervous system.

Over time, victims can experience speech difficulties, tremors and even posture changes. Because medical cannabis can interact with neurological cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), it affects the brain and can calm tremors in some patients.

A recent study conducted in Europe has shown that some Parkinson’s patients enjoy both pain relief and improved motor function after taking medical cannabis.

On Thursday, Cresco Yeltrah dispensary will begin selling medical marijuana to patients in Butler. Other dispensaries will follow suit eventually. However, only those enrolled as patients or caregivers are allowed inside dispensaries. In Pittsburgh, Bethlehem, and Enola, dispensaries are expected to start sales Friday and on Saturday in Sellersville and Devon.