Cannabis is a plant that has been used for over 10,000 years for its medicinal benefits and more people are waking up to the benefits it can provide.
Cannabis may be one of the most beneficial plants on Earth and in this blog post, we will go over some of the health benefits users can receive from regular use.
1. Relief From Chronic Pain
Cannabis has been shown to reduce chronic pain by activating the body’s endocannabinoid system.
This system is responsible for managing pain, inflammation, and other bodily functions and the cannabinoids in flower help stimulate the system.
A study published in The Journal of Pain found that cannabis was an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults.
The study looked at over 2600 participants and found that those who used cannabis reported a significant reduction in pain symptoms.
The next time you need relief from pain that simply won’t go away, try an Indica strain to get the most physical relief.
You don’t have to look very far to see cases where cannabis has been used to treat nausea in patients.
In fact, the FDA even approved a THC pill for cancer patients in the 80s who were experiencing deep sensations of nausea or vomiting.
This pill is called Marinol and it has a synthetic and isolated version of the THC compound found naturally in the cannabis plant.
The best part about this treatment is that it won’t have any of the negative side effects medicine like Zofran has.
In the early part of the 21st century, many people believed that cannabis would kill brain cells and ruin a young person’s mind.
Studies since this time have clearly shown that not to be the case and have in fact shown the opposite.
While most drugs around are considered neurotoxic, cannabis has been labeled as a neuroprotectant, which means it can actually protect your brain cells from further damage.
There was actually a study done on people who had suffered traumatic brain injuries and out of the people studied, 80% were less likely to suffer fatal complications if they had cannabis in their system.
The cannabinoids in the cannabis plant help to regulate your sleep as well.
Studies done as early as the 70s concluded that people who suffered from insomnia were able to take oral pills in order to fall asleep faster.
There are also some more recent studies being done that shed more light on the regulation of our breathing when consuming cannabis that may also help with sleep.
Stick with Indica strains if you are having trouble sleeping as they contain more cannabinoids that help your body go to sleep faster.
PTSD is a terrible affliction that about 8% of Americans deal with every day.
There are prescription medications people can take for this affliction but they often include severe side effects that impede on a person’s everyday living.
THC has been shown to have a large effect on people with PTSD as it can help to relieve some of the common symptoms, such as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks.
CBD oil is also a great treatment for PTSD and doesn’t have psychoactive effects.
When THC is ingested it can help promote the area of the endocannabinoid system which brings about more CB-1 receptors in the brain.
This is how THC is able to reduce inflammation in the body, regulate sleep, and regulate appetite.
What it also does is promote the brain’s ability to learn. It does this by promoting more brain cells in your hippocampus.
This is one of the reasons why THC is being studied in connection with the long-term effects of Alzheimer’s.
In the same way that THC can promote brain growth and regulate other functions in the body, it also helps your appetite become more regulated.
People suffering from eating disorders or hepatitis may find it harder to consume any foods at all.
Cannabis will help promote activity in your hypothalamus which releases a hormone called ghrelin. This hormone is responsible for the feeling of hunger in your body.
There are even some strains of cannabis that actually do the opposite and suppress hunger.
Do your research on which strains help activate different parts of the brain to either increase or decrease hunger.
THC increases during the flowering stages of the plant when it’s given a lot more UVB light.
UVB light actually causes a significant amount of oxidative stress to humans and is what leads to skin stress and decline, and can even lead to skin cancer.
The increase in THC in the plant is a reaction to fight oxidative stress, so the more cannabis you consume, the more antioxidants you are consuming as well.
There are even more cannabinoids in the cannabis plant that also have antioxidant properties.
Inflammation in the body has become a hot topic in the recent decade because studies show that the more inflammation exists in the body, the more potential for diseases you can suffer.
Everything from arthritis to depression is being shown to be caused by inflammation.
CBD is becoming very popular for its anti-inflammatory properties but cannabis also has this effect.
It reduces the amount of cytokine and chemokine compounds that are present in your body. These compounds are responsible for causing inflammation in the body.
Cannabis has long been associated with causing lung issues in the body.
When a person is smoking cannabis, there is little that can be said in defense of this statement.
But when you use alternative forms of cannabis and THC, it has shown to actually improve your lung airways and could even be used for victims of asthma attacks.
Pinene is the terpene responsible inside the cannabis plant that causes bronchodilatory effects.
There have been many studies done through the years that prove the health benefits of the cannabis plant. By promoting the endocannabinoid system, cannabis can have good effects on your appetite, inflammation, sleep, and brain health.
Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and world of fitness.
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