08 Aug 7 Facts on the Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana
We cannot deny the benefits of cannabis as a medicine, even though the FDA hasn’t officially approved it as such. You can, however, find medicines that contain cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds found in cannabis that are responsible for the medical prowess it displays. Every day, new research is produced to reveal medical marijuana benefits so that the negative stigma attached to medical marijuana declines. It’s safe, effective, popular, and legalization is on the rise. Here’s the skinny on 7 of the best health benefits of medical marijuana. Keep in mind that like everything we put into our bodies, medical marijuana has side effects including memory loss. The benefits far outweigh the risks, though.
1. It Improves Your Metabolism and Helps You Lose Weight
After studying the effect of cannabis on people with diabetes, high body fat, and people who regularly smoke cannabis, we’ve learned that medical marijuana can actually regulate the way our body produces insulin. It also helps the body to manage the calories you take in daily more effectively. It actually boosts your metabolism and helps you break down calories faster than non-smokers. This is why the average shows that people who smoke cannabis regularly are slimmer on average than people who don’t smoke at all.
2. It Fights, Regulates, and Prevents Several Diseases
Medical marijuana has a ton of medical benefits that come into play when introduced to people with several forms of debilitating conditions. We know for sure that medical marijuana fights Glaucoma and gets epileptic seizures under control or stops them altogether. Medical marijuana has neuroprotective properties and has actually been shown to prevent protein build ups on our neuro receptors, which effectively prevents Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also well known for preventing certain cancers from developing or killing tumors and cancer cells before they become a serious problem. People with Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis can find pain relief by using medical marijuana. It’s also sought out for reducing the harsh side effects of Hepatitis C and of Chemotherapy. It helps people with eating disorders to eat and to feel better about their physical being at a subconscious level. Other research has shown that medical marijuana may actually be the cure we’ve been looking for inflammatory bowel diseases which never go away and are only resolved through life-long treatment. There is a ton of research being conducted in the present that dives deeper into the inner workings of cannabinoids found in cannabis and our bodies. All we know for sure is that people who are in need of relief are getting it with this alternative medicine.
With all of these benefits, you might wonder why medical marijuana isn’t legalized in every state from sea to shining sea. If you take into consideration that our biggest businesses are the pharmaceutical companies, you can see why it’s being lobbied against by people with billions of dollars. If a plant that grows out of the dirt can cure diseases that can only be cured with their expensive medicines right now, these businesses will dissolve. The people have control though, and in a matter of years, people everywhere will have access to medical marijuana.
3. It Treats Addictions
Recent Studies have shown that medical marijuana, specifically strains high in CBD, can actually treat addictions and prevent relapses in people with opioid dependencies. Most drugs play in the reward systems of the brain, specifically our serotonin receptors. CBD interacts with the same serotonin system and can block the effects of addictive substances on reward-seeking and pleasure behaviors. This makes medical marijuana and CBD oils a good alternative for helping you quit your vices.
4. It Helps You Kick Anxiety and Depression
Depression is a lot more than feeling sad once in awhile. It’s a feeling of hopelessness, anxiety, anger, frustration, and so much more and is often caused by prolonged stress or a chemical imbalance. Luckily, we have cannabis. We all know that cannabis has a way of making us feel uplifted and happy when we smoke it, and the reason is scientific. Studies have shown that when smoking cannabis the cannabinoids that are received by your body indirectly stimulate other receptors to produce what we call endocannabinoids, which are basically our body’s version of cannabinoids. For example, CBD stimulates the release of Anandamide. Anandamide is naturally produced human THC, also known as the “bliss molecule”. It keeps your brain functioning regularly and regulates our pleasure sensors and reward centers, effectively uplifting our spirits and helping us out of depression without using prescription drugs that often have harsh side effects and can take weeks to begin working.
5. It Helps You Stay Focused and Be Creative
Medical marijuana has become a popular choice for adults with Attention Deficit Disorder because despite what the stigma says, certain strains actually help you to focus on work, strategy games, subjects that are difficult to grasp, and so much more. A good sativa strain is all it takes most of the time to feel uplifted, focused, and creative because of the way the cannabinoids in cannabis react with our brains. Despite popular belief, marijuana doesn’t kill your brain cells either, it actually heals and protects them, leading scientists to believe that it actually makes you smarter. Similarly, cannabis affects our creativity. Studies have shown that the hemisphere of our brain responsible for creativity, open-mindedness and social behaviors is stimulated by cannabis. That doesn’t mean you’ll be able to do things you couldn’t previously do, like painting or sewing, but it does open your mind to new possibilities to think creatively.
6. It Eases the Effects of PTSD
Recently, PTSD was found to be a suitable condition to treat with medical marijuana after veterans fought for treatment in front of the White House. While this is big news and a major step towards marijuana reform, science also backs medical marijuana on the subject of PTSD. A study published in the journal of Neuropsychopharmacology found that synthetic cannabinoids still changed parts of the brain that store traumatic memories in rats. This prevented the behavioral and physiological symptoms of PTSD. A different study also showed that people who smoked cannabis casually or regularly experienced a 75% reduction in the common symptoms of PTSD. 20 Veterans commit suicide every day due to the effects of PTSD or the prescription drugs that all have one harsh side effect: suicidal tendencies. This big push brings us home for the future and hope for the expansion of medical marijuana programs.
7. It Cleans Up the Mess Left By Tobacco In Your Lungs
The biggest fear of all doctors prescribing medical marijuana is the fact that you have to smoke it. Many doctors are unaware of the potential side effects of medical marijuana, but resin build up is one of them. However, a study published in 2012, for the most part, disproved this idea. The study showed that cannabis smokers actually had a larger lung capacity than the control group and the cigarette smoking group. The results also showed that if you quit smoking, medical marijuana can eliminate the side effects of long-term smoking (as well as the addiction aspect!). Over 5000 subjects were included. Overall it showed that people who smoke cigarettes weaken their lungs over time while cannabis smokers actually get an increase in lung capacity.
Overall, cannabis is used for a variety of things that all benefit the body in its own way. We know that medical marijuana has a ton of properties that are good for our bodies, including our bones and muscles as well as the way our brain sends messages to the rest of our body systems. What’s not to love though? A million benefits and a few potential side effects are a lot better than a prescription medication with one benefit and several harsh side effects. We are made from the earth. Our medicine should be too.