6 ways cannabis can potentially improve your health

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Cannabis has been used for centuries, both recreationally and medically, but it has only recently become legal in many states across the U.S and countries across the globe. There are more studies now than ever that show how beneficial it can be to your health and wellbeing.

Here are 6 ways cannabis can potentially improve your health.

Reduce anxiety

If you have ever suffered from anxiety, you will know how debilitating it can be. It can cause (amongst others) feelings of tension, worry, and irritability. It can also manifest itself physically with symptoms such as sweating, increased heartbeat, shortness of breath, upset stomach, and nausea.

Growing evidence suggests that cannabis triggers changes in blood flow to regions in the brain that may be connected with feelings of anxiety. Further studies are ongoing, but as it stands, the results are pretty hopeful.

Aid the symptoms of fibromyalgia

Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia can be debilitating. The severity of symptoms varies vastly from person to person, but in the most severe cases, sufferers can struggle to walk or even attempt to move without being in excruciating pain. The simplest of tasks can become a nightmare to contend with, which, over time, can lead to severe depression or, in extreme cases, thoughts of suicide. 

Although there is presently no cure for fibromyalgia, current studies suggest that the compounds found in cannabis can alleviate many of the symptoms and, in some cases, have given users a new lease of life.

Not only that but given that it’s a natural product, it is far better for the body than the plethora of pain medications readily subscribed to those suffering from ongoing chronic pain.

Alleviate the symptoms of cancer treatment

Chemotherapy can be brutal on the body. It can affect your weight and appetite and cause many other problems such as trouble sleeping, muscle and joint soreness, nausea, and vomiting. Many studies have concluded that cannabis taken in various forms can reduce the symptoms and make treatments far easier for patients. 

Depending on where you live, you may struggle to find someone to prescribe it, but if needs be, you can always look into growing your own. You can buy kits for growing indoors at home, or you could always clear an area of your garden and grow it outside instead.

Growing marijuana outdoors can be trickier, so if it is something you are considering, do as much research as possible, as there are various factors to consider, such as weather, ground conditions, etc.

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Stimulate appetite

We’ve probably all heard stories about cannabis users getting an extreme case of the munchies, so it is a well-known fact that cannabis can make us feel hungrier. The cannabinoid compound THC (one of the main ingredients in cannabis) activates our CB1 receptors, which, in turn, stimulates our appetite.  

This can prove particularly good for HIV patients, those having cancer treatments, or anyone struggling with severe weight loss. As with anything medical-related, it’s best to contact your health care provider for advice if you are in any doubt. 

May kill certain types of cancer cells

Although research is still ongoing, there is growing evidence to suggest that cannabis can kill many types of cancer cells and inhibit cell growth. Most of these studies have been carried out in a lab or on animals, but the evidence is hopeful, and there is also lots of anecdotal evidence from people who have been affected by cancer to suggest that apoptosis can and has occurred. 

A cancer diagnosis is life-changing, but cannabis may bring hope to many – especially to those who have been given the news that there are no other traditional treatment options available. 

Preventing relapse in drug and alcohol addiction

Research suggests that CBD can help reduce cravings, impulses, and anxiety issues experienced by those recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. It is important to note that these studies were carried out with CBD oil only and did not include THC compounds.

Conclusion

Over the years, cannabis has been vilified by some and remains illegal in many parts of the world. The good news is that positive research is becoming far more common, and the benefits are more widely recognized as time goes on. 

Medical marijuana is now being prescribed by many physicians so if you believe that it could help you with any ailments or health concerns you have, speak to your healthcare provider and find out what your options are. 

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