Cannabis does more than just get you high. It offers a plenitude of health benefits, many of which have already been studied and documented. With national legalization inching closer, more people are beginning to understand what cannabis can do for certain medical conditions. Unfortunately, it seems that marijuana legalization has less to do with the health benefits and more to do with financial gain. At the same time, the stigma that marijuana has carried for decades seems to finally be wearing off. If you are interested in exploring cannabis as a treatment for your condition the best place to start is a licensed cannabis clinic with trained experts who can help you establish an effective treatment plan.
Of course, more research is needed to clearly identify the numerous health benefits of cannabis. The problem is that medical marijuana remains to be a product that is difficult to study for medical research. Classified a Schedule I Controlled Substance, marijuana must be tested under very strict conditions. Even in states like Colorado and Oregon where marijuana products are legal, researchers have trouble obtaining cannabis that has been grown for medical research. The health benefits of marijuana could be clarified and identified in more detail and possibly become approved by the Food and Drug Administration if more research is allowed.
With all of that being said, there is no denying the amazing health benefits that marijuana has to offer. Here are just 10 of those health benefits below:
For many years, parents of epileptic children have relied on medical marijuana to reduce seizures. The treatment of cannabis for epilepsy has recently been the focus of clinical trials, making it a possible to actually prove its legitimacy. Marijuana has been used as a treatment for seizures for centuries, including in ancient China.
Relieves post-traumatic stress disorder
Sufferers of PTSD can find some relief from their condition by using cannabis. Studies have confirmed that high levels of THC (taken orally) can relieve symptoms such as flashbacks and nightmares. Memory impairment is linked to THC ingestion, and while this memory impairment is considered to be one of the negative aspects of marijuana, it can actually be therapeutic to those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Studies have found that arthritic people have high levels of CB2 receptors in their joint tissue, and marijuana activates the pathways of the receptors. The result is reduced inflammation and full-body pain relief that can last for hours, particularly for those that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
According to a study, low doses of cannabis for a prolonged time can actually slow the onset of dementia. This is especially true for people who are middle-aged or late-aged. Apparently, THC slows the production of beta-amyloid proteins which contribute to the progression of Alzheimer’s.
Reduces Crohn’s Disease symptoms
Crohn’s Disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease, causes horrible stomach cramps and diarrhea. It is now known that sativa strains can help patients with Crohn’s Disease and other types of IBD. Cannabis use can also relieve depression that tends to accompany Crohn’s and IBDs.
Cannabis is a useful product to help relieve and treat glaucoma, although it cannot cure it completely. Intra-ocular pressure from glaucoma is relieved from marijuana use as well symptoms such as pain and nausea that come along with the disease.
Kills cancer cells
Perhaps one of the biggest recent breakthroughs in the legitimacy of medical cannabis is the fact that marijuana kills cancer cells. This past August, the National Cancer Society updated their website and included multiple studies showing that cannabis does kill cancer cells. While it is important to point out that marijuana use does not necessarily prohibit cancer, it clearly damages and/or kills existing cancer cells.
Improves lung health
Contrary to popular belief, marijuana use does not damage the lungs. In fact, it actually increases lung capacity. Furthermore, cannabis has the power to reverse carcinogenic effects of tobacco use.
Reduces chemo’s sides effects
Chemotherapy wreaks havoc on the body, and cancer patients who suffer from its debilitating effects can find relief from cannabis use. Along with relieving pain, marijuana can increase appetite and calm nausea. It also offers antidepressant qualities and can also relieve insomnia that many cancer patients suffer from.
Relieves depression and anxiety
It should come as no surprise that cannabis use temporarily relieves depression and anxiety given the nature of the product and the effects it induces. Smoking a bowl sounds much better than taking a Prozac, doesn’t it? Keep in mind that it is important to experiment with different strains when it comes to relieving anxiety and depression. You could even take a look at Smokea if you wanted to experiment with something different. Strains affect people in different ways, and that heavy indica may not be the best choice when you’re feeling down. Likewise, a racy sativa may not be a good strain for someone who is anxious.