Cannabis is a master chemist and has evolved to produce an incredible cocktail of compounds packed with benefits. Here’s a list of 7 of the best marijuana health benefits.
Top 7 Marijuana Health Benefits:
- Reduce Stress
Chronic stress is one of the single greatest health challenges of our modern life. The negative impact this can wreak havoc on your quality of life and your health literally fill bookshelves and scores of scientific journals. Low doses of cannabis have been shown to be an effective anxiolytic, especially in regards to trauma. Be careful though, this effect follows a bell curve and too much can actually increase anxiety. Talk to our budtenders to find out what’s best for you!
- Fight Cancer Naturally
One of the most sensational properties of cannabis is its ability to induce apoptosis, or cellular suicide, in cancer cells. This is primarily mediated by CBD and has been the subject of intense scientific research and scores of anecdotal reports of individuals opting to treat their cancer naturally. (However, keep in mind that nearly every study thus far examining marijuana’s potential to fight cancer has been limited to pre-clinical, non-human, studies. That’s right — most studies have been confined to the lab.)
- Reduce Pain
Another benefit mediated by CBD, cannabis acts to reduce neuropathic pain. It is so effective that one survey found a whopping 93% of patients preferred cannabis to the more powerful (and addictive) opioids.
- Fight Inflammation
When your immune system gets out of control, one of its primary weapons, inflammation, can get stuck in the “on” position. This is at the root of all sorts of chronic health issues ranging from IBS to arthritis. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory, acting on CB2 receptors that are found throughout the immune systems. By shutting down the inflammatory response, your body can heal and symptoms of inflammatory conditions recede.
- Sleep More Deeply
Cannabis has a long history of use as a sleep aid. A strong indica is almost guaranteed to give you a deep and restful sleep. One study found that cannabis increased the amount of delta sleep, the deep dreamless sleep where your body rests and rejuvenates. The same study, however, found that cannabis decreased REM sleep, the stage of dreaming where memories are formed and the days’ activities are processed.
- Promotes Eye Health
Cannabis’ ability to naturally treat glaucoma is one of the first important marijuana health benefits that brought the healing potential of the plant into public awareness. It does this by lowering intraocular pressure, the fluid pressure within the eye, which builds up in glaucoma and eventually causes nerve damage that leads to blindness. One caveat, however: cannabis is rarely used as a first or second line treatment for glaucoma; most patients would need to administer cannabis far too frequently throughout the day for it to be effective.
- Aids Digestion and Gut Health
Relieving nausea is one of the primary uses of cannabis as a tool for self-medication. But it’s not just nausea. It also improves blood sugar balance, helps to calm the gut, making it a helpful treatment for IBS, Crohn’s Disease, and other chronic diseases with their origin in the intestinal tract.
Cannabis has important uses in the medical field. We hope more studies will be done to continue to illustrate the amazing impact cannabis can have on our health.