Written by: Brandi Monasco
Times are changing and they’re changing pretty fast. What you may have heard is bad for you on day can actually be beneficial for you the next and we can thank science and research for that.
One of the most controversial topics these days is cannabis.
As of today, there are 26 states along with the District of Columbia that have made the use of cannabis legal in some form, whether it is for medical purposes or for recreational use. There are also a number of other states that are in the process of legalizing cannabis for different uses.
The use of cannabis was federally prohibited in 1937 and since then, there has been much controversy around this plant with many people claiming that it is dangerous or that it ruins lives.
However, the truth about this plant is the complete opposite. In fact, cannabis provides a large amount of benefits for your body that you’re probably not even aware of.
As humans, we produce our own cannabinoids, which are chemicals that are responsible for fighting off disease. Our bodies are also hardwired with cannabinoid receptors, which are part of the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. This system is responsible for maintaining sleep, appetite, cognition and anxiety levels.
When you smoke, ingest, or vaporize cannabis, the THC found in cannabis activates these cannabinoid receptors in your body. The receptors are basically being supplemented when you smoke or consume cannabis.
There are a lot of health benefits that come along with having these receptors being activated.
Benefits Of Cannabis For Your Body
1. It Helps Reduce Pain
Pain is associated with inflammation and can be short-term or chronic. Many people deal with pain of some sort on a daily basis, whether it is through headaches or arthritis discomfort.
Researchers have found that smoking cannabis for arthritis discomfort is not only a safer alternative to prescription medications, but also helps alleviate the pain and reduce the inflammation that comes with RA.
2. It Can Help With Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that causes damage to your optic nerve due to fluid build up on the front of your eye, which causes pressure on your optic nerve. When the optic nerve is damaged, it usually causes vision loss.
Smoking cannabis can help to reduce the pressure in your eyes. According to the National Eye Institute, “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.”
3. It Can Decrease Anxiety
A study performed in 2014 at Vanderbilt University found that smoking cannabis can help to increase the amount of naturally-occurring endocannabinoids. When your body is under stress, those endocannabinoids are reduced, which can be a cause of anxiety disorders. Smoking cannabis increases endocannabinoids, which helps to relieve stress and anxiety.
4. It Can Stop Cancer From Spreading
The CBD (or cannabidiol) found in cannabis has been found to stop the growth of cancer. Research has found that the cannabidiol stops cancer by turning off the Id-1 gene, which is a gene in your body that plays multiple roles in the progression of cancer.
The cancer cells basically make more copies of this gene, causing them to spread throughout your body. The cannabidiol works by “turning off” this gene, which prevents them to reproduce and make more copies.
5. It Increases Your Metabolism And Keeps You Skinny
One study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that individuals who smoke cannabis were skinnier than the average person and also had a higher and healthier metabolism. The study also found that cannabis smokers had a healthier reaction to sugar even though they ate more because of the munchies.
6. It Can Help With Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder. It can cause vomiting, pain, diarrhea and weight loss. One study performed in Israel revealed that smoking cannabis helped to significantly reduce the symptoms of Crohn’s disease in 10 out of 11 patients. It also caused a remission of the disease in 5 of those patients.
7. It Reduces The Side Effects Of Chemo
Cancer patients that are being treated with chemo can often times suffer with nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite, causing them to lose significant weight. The TH chemical found in cannabis helps to reduce the side effects of chemo, allowing the patient to be able to eat without nausea and vomiting.
8. It Helps Veterans Suffering From PTSD
One of the things that many of our military men and women face when they return home is PTSD, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Naturally occurring cannabinoids that are found in cannabis and are similar to THC help to regulate the system in the brain that causes anxiety and fear.
9. It Helps Soothe The Tremors For Parkinson’s Disease Patients
Another research study done in Israel showed that individuals with Parkinson’s disease that smoke cannabis had reduced tremors and pain as well as improved sleep. Ruth Djaldetti, MD reported “We not only saw improvement in tremor in these patients, but also in rigidity and in bradykinesia.”
These are just SOME of the health benefits of cannabis. There are many more benefits that go along with smoking, vaping, or even ingesting cannabis. Have you ever tried cannabis for a medical condition or illness? Share with us in the comments below!
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