Aug 23, 2017 12:05 PM

5 Ways Cannabinoids Improve Your Health While You Are Stoned

Honestly speaking, there are few things that can be both pleasurable and beneficial for people. Fortunately, marijuana is one of them. Thanks to its compounds, the herb provides users with an unforgettable high and substantial therapeutic advantages. While cannabis consumers are experiencing psychedelic feelings, cannabinoids are actively working on improving their health. Here is a list of five ways in which cannabis compounds help people while they are stoned.

Reducing PTSD Symptoms

This medical condition is often related to soldiers who were injured during military operations. However, any people with trauma can experience the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients with PTSD complain about depressive and antisocial mood, suffer from insomnia, flashbacks, and hypersensitivity, and even have suicidal and self-destructive thoughts.

Traditional treatment with anti-depressants does not lead to the desired result, but cannabis seems to be very effective in reducing the symptoms of PTSD. Unlike other medicines, cannabinoids have fewer side effects and can stimulate the activity of cannabinoid receptors. People with PTSD have a decreased amount of endocannabinoids, and cannabis can replenish this deficiency.

Researchers discovered that stressful events could damage the body's ability to produce cannabinoids, while marijuana compounds could increase the level of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid created by the endocannabinoid system.

Alleviating Dependency on Synthetic Drugs

Marijuana is still considered a Schedule I drug. However, unlike other substances on this list, the herb can alleviate dependency on opioids. In addition, marijuana has already been used in the Los Angeles Rehab Center for treating addiction to heroin and cocaine. Moreover, cannabinoids have proven to be effective in recovering brain cells damaged after alcohol use.

The International Association for Cannabis as Medicine officially called marijuana effective for treating dependency on the mentioned substances and benzodiazepines, as well as relieving withdrawal symptoms associated with it.

Relieving Chronic Aches

Chronic pain is a common medical condition that affects 65 million people in the U.S. While most doctors still prescribe opioids, many Americans consider marijuana more effective and less dangerous, according to the latest survey conducted by Marist Poll and Yahoo News.

People consider cannabis an effective alternative because cannabinoids provide them with strong pain-killing and relaxing properties. While CBD successfully reduces inflammation and spasticity, THC is well-known for its pain-relieving and relaxing effects. Besides, the synergy of these two cannabinoids only enhances the pain-killing effects of each of them.

Preventing Neurodegenerative Illnesses

Scientific evidence has already shown that cannabis compounds have a positive impact on the brain's neurons. Cannabinoids like CBD and THC can delay or even prevent the destruction of neurons that leads to the development of such diseases as Parkinson's, spinal muscular atrophy, and Alzheimer's.

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research revealed that ultra-low doses of THC reduced cognitive deficits caused by inflammation in neurons. Besides, these cannabinoids could also restore neural cells by enhancing the formation of new mitochondria and supporting their activity.

Fighting Cancer

The results of numerous scientific studies show that cannabinoids can slow down the growth of tumors and lead to the death of cancer cells. In addition, a study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, discovered that a combination of THC and CBD prevented the development of new metastases in patients after chemotherapy. Besides, cannabinoids help cancer patients recover from the traditional chemotherapeutic treatment by reducing nausea and vomiting and improving appetite.

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