For some, cannabis is a great way to relax after a long day. For others, it creates the perfect mental environment for creativity, and still for others it is a means of tapping into their higher selves (no pun intended) to grow and understand themselves. When it comes to medicinal health benefits of this unique flower, science is still unmasking the diverse uses and impacts cannabis has on the human body. Here are just a few ways this plant makes a positive impact on recreational users and medical patients alike:
Chronic Pain Relief
The many chemical compounds found within cannabis have been linked to providing relief of chronic pain in many subjects. While the scientific aspect of cannabis is still relatively new due to its federal status as a controlled substance, case studies like this have indicated the plant’s use when it comes to long-term pain relief.
Improves Lung Capacity
While we can all agree that inhaling smoke of any kind is probably not the best idea, there are studies that indicate smoking marijuana can actually improve lung capacity. The facts behind this theory come from both sides, and it seems that the stronger support for this comes from short-term marijuana use; i.e. the studies indicate that if the plant is used over a shorter period of time, the lung capacity can potentially increase, while long-term use indicates more respiratory complications. Learn more about these studies here.
According to the American Cancer Society, cannabis has been shown to slow the growth of and even kill certain forms of cancer cells that were growing in lab dishes. Further, other studies have shown that THC/CBD is helpful in treating nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, and neuropathic pain in cancer and HIV patients.
Helps Treat Depression
While research is still underway for marijuana’s connection to depression, scientists have been able to discover that our body creates organic endocannabinoids, which help with motor control, cognition, emotions, and behavior. In the studies conducted on animals, endocannabinoids production was suppressed when there was an increase in stress levels, leading to depression-like behavior. The theory is that introducing cannabis to the system could restore normal levels and function, reducing the overall depressed feelings.
Helps with PTSD Symptoms
Another fascinating area of cannabis study is how it relates to and improves PTSD. Whether it’s reducing the amount of activity in the amygdala (the part of our brain responsible for fear reactions to threats), or examining how THC and CBD reduce the intense reaction to trigger memories in patients, the studies here are extraordinary.
Marijuana continues to be a hot topic when it comes to legislation on both the state and federal levels in the United States. Because of its status as a controlled substance, scientists have had difficulty gaining the necessary information to justify opinions on either side of the debate table. Still, there are studies out there that strongly support the supposed benefits of this plant when used for medicinal purposes. Sure, we can agree that smoke is smoke and is not the best for your lungs no matter where it comes from, but the chemical compounds themselves and their potential uses are the bread and butter of the topic. Everybody is different, and that cane make it slightly more difficult to establish a stance. We recommend you collect the information yourself and then make your own call!