Marijuana contains cannabidiol (also known as CBD) which is a chemical compound that’s used in products like oils and edibles which helps the user feel relaxed and calm. THC is the other compound found in marijuana. It is the main psychoactive compound that gives the high sensation. Both of these compounds are extracted into different products for the user to enjoy. Either together, or separately, both CBD and THC have many benefits that can now be enjoyed in many different forms.
The following are the seven good things about marijuana for your body and mind:
1. Alleviate Cancer Symptoms
One of the good things about marijuana is its link to fighting cancer symptoms. While research is still being conducted to evaluate how CBD and THC can help fight cancer itself, there are many cancer symptoms that marijuana has been proven to alleviate.
More specifically, studies have shown that participants who received a combination of THC and CBD experienced a significant reduction in pain.
Chemotherapy produces all kinds of negative symptoms like nausea and vomiting, and some research indicates that CBD can help reduce these effects. Since chemotherapy also produces a loss of appetite, marijuana can help stimulate patients’ appetites. A visit to the marijuana dispensary can be beneficial for many cancer patients.
2. Relieve Chronic Pain
CBD is best known for its pain relief properties. CBD oil in particular is being studied for its potential role in relieving chronic pain.
Many different studies have also found that a combination of both CBD and THC are effective in treating pain related to multiple sclerosis and arthritis.
An oral spray called Sativex, a combination of THC and CBD has been approved in many different countries to treat pain related to multiple sclerosis.
A study of 47 participants with multiple sclerosis evaluated the effects of taking Sativex for about one month. The participants reported improvements in pain, walking, and muscle spasms.
3. Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
According to a 2006 study conducted at the Scripps Research Institute, researchers found that THC slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It works by slowing the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that produces them. These plaques are known to kill brain cells and can potentially lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Reverse the Effects of Tobacco
You would think that smoking marijuana would be detrimental to your lungs. But unlike smoking cigarettes, smoking marijuana does not harm your lungs.
On the contrary, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that marijuana improved lung function and increased lung capacity. Researchers tested over 5,000 participants (all of whom were young adults) over 20 years. They found that those who used marijuana showed an increase in lung capacity, compared with tobacco smokers who lost lung function over the same amount of time.
All signs point to the fact that marijuana users take deep breaths while using the drug, which therefore increases lung capacity (rather than the actual chemicals found in marijuana increasing lung capacity).
5. Lessen Certain Mental Health Disorders
If you suffer from depression or anxiety, you know how truly debilitating it can be on your life. Both illnesses make completing even routine tasks a challenge.
Many people seek help with these conditions through the use of medication and psychotherapy. Although the combination of the two has proven to be effective, taking medication for depression and/or anxiety comes with many side effects. These include drowsiness, insomnia, restlessness, agitation, and potential drug abuse.
That’s why using marijuana for mental health disorders has become so popular. The CBD in marijuana helps reduce the symptoms associated with mental health disorders like depression and anxiety without the negative effects of pharmaceuticals.
6. Improve Symptoms of Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder where the body starts attacking itself for reasons scientists and medical professionals are still unsure of.
Some chemicals found in marijuana are responsible for calming the immune system. This may help Lupus sufferers better deal with the symptoms. It also helps sufferers manage the pain and nausea associated with Lupus.
7. Help Combat Acne
No one likes having acne, but it is often a challenge to find a product that works. That’s where CBD comes in. According to recent studies, CBD oil may help treat acne. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production.
Another study found that “CBD oil prevented sebaceous gland cells from secreting excessive sebum, exerted anti-inflammatory actions and prevented the activation of pro-acne agents like inflammatory cytokines”.
If you are suffering from any of the illnesses or conditions listed above and you’re looking to try a new form of treatment, it’s worth giving marijuana a chance, especially if nothing else seems to be working. You never know what it can do for you!