The marijuana legalization movement that has covered almost all of the United States is encouraging more and more scientific studies that help us better understand all the miraculous properties of this herb. It can assist in treating a great number of conditions and provide relief from such serious illnesses as hepatitis C, glaucoma, Tourette syndrome, and HIV/AIDS.
Maybe, in the near future, we will know more about cannabis and learn how to treat these and many other diseases even more effectively, but even now we can consume this herb to get immediate relief from several medical conditions.
A good CBD-rich strain can become a real savior for those who have to deal with chronic pain. This condition not only delivers physical discomfort but can also lead to a number of psychological problems including anxiety, depression, and even panic attacks. CBD concentrates and tinctures can bring you instant relief from a great number of conditions, such as muscle spasms, joint pain, neuropathy, and localized pain. Cannabis products can be not only an alternative to common analgesic products but sometimes an even better option since cannabis does not have any negative side effects on liver, kidneys, and stomach.
Indicas are known to provide relaxing and sedating effects. Sometimes, the impact is so intense that it makes you feel couch-locked and puts you to sleep almost immediately. But even the less potent strains can help you reduce stress and relax your body, which will make the process of falling asleep easier and shorter.
The sleep after toking is usually deep and effective. THC tends to prolong the deep sleep phase, which causes your body and mind to recover better. However, once you stop using cannabis for a tolerance break or detoxing, be prepared to get your sleep problems back. Actually, most of the sleep-inducing drugs have the same effect.
A study conducted by the University of Colorado last year found that medical marijuana use could help with migraine headaches—both by aborting the pain and decreasing the frequency of migraine attacks.
It is not known yet what exactly causes migraines and how cannabinoids help relieve this condition, so more studies are needed to find the exact dosage and THC:CBD proportion for best treatment of migraines. Usually, smoking pot provides you with a stronger and faster relief and fewer negative effects (like somnolence or overdose) compared to consuming edibles.
A hormonal imbalance may cause lots of problems that can make your life significantly harder. Luckily, cannabis can increase the level of cannabinoids in our bodies and make our endocannabinoid system work more intensively. This action, in its turn, may help relieve a number of symptoms associated with hormonal level changes such as period cramps, night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, and even sexual dysfunction. In fact, cannabis can be a great alternative to hormone replacement therapy treatment, which is known to have lots of negative side effects.
This property of cannabis became especially famous after the case of Charlotte Figi who had experienced Dravet syndrome and had finally managed to reduce severe seizures only with the help of marijuana. Several studies have shown that CBD can dramatically improve the state of patients who with epilepsy. Moreover, for those who have the treatment-resistant form of the disease, like Charlotte, CBD-rich cannabis can be the only possible way to control the condition.
The ability of cannabis to suppress vomiting and nausea would be beneficial for patients who undergo chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment as well as for those who battle HIV and have problems with appetite and digesting food. The anti-nausea effect of weed was discovered more than 40 years ago. Since then, it has been successfully used for helping patients combat weight loss and muscle wasting.
The biggest benefit of marijuana is that it is the only anti-nausea treatment that can also increase appetite and does not have any of the negative effects that usually come with pharmaceutical products. The effect that is known as “the munchies” can also help patients with lack of appetite due to stress or depression.
Attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) are usually associated with dopamine deficiency and inability to focus. These conditions are linked to a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system.
Both CBD and THC can potentially correct the dopamine level if you know the right dosage. Moreover, cannabis is able to provide the necessary slowdown so that the patient is able to maintain concentration. Weed helps reduce a number of symptoms associated with these conditions, such as panic attacks, aggression, crankiness, and hyper-impulsivity, by interacting with CB1 receptors in our endocannabinoid system.
Relief from stress and anxiety is probably the most common reason for consuming medical cannabis.
When trapped in the body, THC interacts with the endocannabinoid system and helps it naturally regulate stress and anxiety levels. Usually, a fatty acid neurotransmitter called anandamide relieves our stressed state. Luckily, THC has an amazingly similar effect on our receptors, and it acts the same way in our brain. That is why people who consume cannabis often find themselves “self-medicated”—they notice that weed helps them relax and forget about all the pressure and tension they have because of the stress.