For thousands of years, people have been using the cannabis plant, or Marijuana, as a form of herbal medicine to treat various pains and ailments. Its practical use began to take hold in other areas as well, such as the cultivation of hemp for textiles and rope. This unique plant contains both CBD and THC chemical properties, and people began to use the latter of the two for recreational purposes, as it has the ability to make the user high, along with its other benefits. Although recreational use of cannabis has been illegal in the US since the 20th century, those laws are now being lifted as more and more states legalize it. Many states now contain at least one cannabis dispensary already. And, while the FDA has yet to officially deem cannabis safe for medical use, here are ten amazing medicinal benefits of it that have been discovered thus far that everyone should know about.
1. General Pain Relief
As previously mentioned, cannabis has been used for centuries as a method for treating various types of chronic pain. One specific chemical compound, cannabinoids, seems to act as the pain-relieving agent found in the plant.
Although it is still uncertain whether cannabis truly has the ability to kill the growth of cancer cells or not– a notion that has been popularized in the media throughout recent years– it does seem to help treat the disease. Much evidence shows that cannabinoids effectively relieve nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.
The chemical CBD has been tested and approved to treat a severe form of epilepsy, which no other medication seems to work in treating. The non-psychoactive, pure form of CBD has reportedly worked wonders on many epileptic patients.
4. Multiple Sclerosis
Cannabis has also been known to provide relief for patients who suffer from multiple sclerosis. It can relieve the painful muscle contractions many who suffer from this often experience.
Both THC and CBD applications have been known to relieve arthritis pains. Patients can apply cannabis creams or balms on any aching muscle or joint pain caused by arthritis for practically immediate relief.
Although there is still no cure for this fatal disease, cannabis has shown to actually slow down the rate of Alzheimer’s onset. Cannabis’s endocannabinoid has proven to relieve the brain inflammation causing Alzheimer’s disease.
Cannabis has even shown promise in autism treatment. It can help children who suffer from autism find relaxation and relief from constant mood swings caused by the disorder.
8. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Studies show cannabis helps prevent the fight-or-flight response, which is constantly triggered in people who suffer from PTSD.
9. Attention-Deficit/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Possibly a promising alternative to Adderall and/or Ritalin that have always been linked to helping people with ADD or ADHD to focus, cannabis may also do the trick. And, many people even prefer it over the other substances, as it’s probably safer and naturally more soothing.
10. Anxiety and Depression
The endocannabinoid compounds within cannabis have been linked to having the ability to stabilize moods, which can alleviate chronic anxiety and depression. Again, cannabis’s natural properties are often safer and more preferred by patients who suffer from these disorders over other medications.
The potential and proven health benefits for various forms of cannabis do not end with these ten, as more astounding benefits behind this plant are being discovered all the time. So, for a different, possibly safer, and more natural form of relief, visit a cannabis dispensary today, and discover the benefits.