Cannabis has been utilized
as a medicinal plant for centuries. You, as well as the majority of medical and
recreational users, can attest that the use of such can improve the overall
feeling of wellness. If you find yourself struggling with the cultivation,
later on, try to remember the different medical benefits you can get from
Cannabinoids are the main
forces behind the medical benefits of marijuana. These are also the same
compounds that make pot smoking addicting. Unlike other abused substances
though, the body is optimized to receive the said compounds thanks to the
cannabinoid receptors that are already in the human body even before birth.
Even breast milk, which serves as the main source of nutrients for newborns, is
packed with the compounds similar to those from marijuana. As the name
suggests, the receptors mentioned above and the cannabinoid compounds bind.
Their binding brings about a myriad of health benefits such as:
Most people who turn to
recreational marijuana are after the high the substance can provide. Being on a
high offers a happy and relaxed feeling. Marijuana indeed has mood stabilizing
properties which benefit those who experience typical to extreme mood swings.
Some studies even suggest that medical marijuana has great potential in
controlling violent mood swings of people with autism.
Marijuana is also popular
for the management of different body aches. It can help alleviate headaches and
back pain. Besides, some people who suffer from chronic pain report less
frequent and less intense discomfort after using cannabis derivatives.
Some marijuana strains can
trigger the so-called munchies or those sudden bursts of hunger. This only
proves that the consumption of cannabis derivatives can affect digestion.
However, not all strains can cause munchies. Other strains, as proven in
studies, can help modulate appetite. The appetite modulating properties of
marijuana are so noteworthy that it is even being studied and used for the
management of anorexia and other eating disorders.
It might seem
counterintuitive that marijuana use can bring about munchies and weight loss.
After all, plenty of weight loss supplements brag about the fat-burning and
appetite-suppressing properties of their ingredients. However, the sudden
bursts of hunger from marijuana do not seem to make all users obese. In
contrast, the majority of users are far from being overweight. Different
factors affect the weight of users. These are not just about the medical
properties of the plant but the behavior of users as well. Some go for pot
smoking for comfort while others turn to binge eating.
Some people regard
marijuana as a natural remedy for sleeping problems such as insomnia and sleep
apnea. Using it before bedtime can keep nightmares at bay. Aged cannabis
derivatives provide better sleep than newly processed ones. It is also helpful
to add other natural, complementary sleeping remedies to marijuana instead of
over-the-counter sleeping pills. However, this is not advisable to young ones
who face sleeping difficulties.
In some studies, marijuana
consumption is effective in relieving muscle spasms and pain for both humans
and animals. Some proponents even say that this natural muscle relaxant is
better than the ones manufactured by big pharmaceutical companies. It is best
to combine marijuana with massages and other remedies that do not involve
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Marijuana use can help
improve insulin sensitivity and enhance blood sugar regulation as some studies
proved. These, along with the weight loss benefits, are especially helpful to
those with diabetes or at risk of developing the chronic condition due to their
lifestyle or genetics.
Some health care
professionals warn about the possible paranoia or anxiety that marijuana
consumption can cause. However, many users report that they can feel relief
from their anxiety, paranoia, and phobia. Some people have clinical phobias
that are so disruptive that they call for medicines to help them deal with
day-to-day living. Many of them turn to marijuana as an alternative and are
satisfied by how their decision turns out.
The compounds from
marijuana affect the brain in many ways. The psychoactive effects are the most
controversial of all. These are partly the cause of on-going debates on
marijuana legalization. Some antis claim that the legalization is not worth the
risk due to the said effects. Pros, on the other hand, highlight the
neuroprotective properties of cannabis and its potential in treating
Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain conditions.
Medical marijuana is also
seen as a good addition to depression management. It is partly due to its mood
stabilizing properties. Aside from mood improvement, it may alleviate fatigue
and disinterest that clinically depressed individuals tend to suffer from.
However, recreational marijuana may only bring about temporary relief for
depression and may trigger addiction instead to some users.