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How does medical cannabis benefit our health?
27 Feb 2019
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Cannabis has been used for medical purposes since thousands of years ago and by various cultures around the world.  However, because of the high and the mind-altering effects that it creates, cannabis is also used recreationally.  And this recreational application of the drug has eventually led to its being banned globally.

The good thing is that, in recent years, people are going back to the basics and have started a movement that promotes the use of organic and all-natural healing solutions.  With this, a growing number of people are embracing the therapeutic benefits of cannabis and are fighting for legal access to the drug.

Needless to say, the clamor to legalize medical cannabis is loud.  But why?  What does medical cannabis really do?

 

Cannabis heals the body 

Cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) oil are used to treat a variety of medical conditions and symptoms.  One of the most common medical applications of cannabis is in the treatment of epileptic seizures.  The drug contains anti-spasm, anti-seizure, and muscle relaxing properties that help reduce epileptic episodes.

In American states and countries that have legalized medical cannabis, other qualifying conditions for the use of medical cannabis (aside from epilepsy) include chronic pain, nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy for cancer patients, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease, and bowel problems like Crohn's disease.

While there's a lack of clinical trials to prove that medical cannabis can help alleviate symptoms and treat these diseases and conditions, there's an abundance of anecdotal evidence!  You can also find a few studies on the relationship between CBD oil and cancer.  CBD oil contains a heavy concentration of the cannabis ingredient cannabidiol, which is more associated with medical benefits than the ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is more associated with the recreational aspect of the drug.

 

Cannabis relaxes and eases the mind

Aside from people suffering from physical illnesses like cancer and digestive disorders, people with mental health problems also stand to benefit from using medical cannabis.

Patients with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder turn to medical cannabis to deal with their condition.  Many of those who have these problems are war veterans, who are now clamoring for access to medical cannabis as alternative to their harmful prescription opioids.

Some also use CBD oil to deal with insomnia, thanks to its relaxing properties.  Unlike THC, CBD does not have psychoactive and mind-altering effects and in fact affects the mind in an opposite way.

 

Cannabis helps maintain overall balance

So, essentially, the medical benefits of cannabis rest mainly on how its active chemical components called cannabinoids – which include CBD and THC – interact with our body’s own endocannabinoid system.  The endocannabinoids system is a large network of chemical compounds (called endocannabinoids) and receptors throughout the body.  These endocannabinoids fit into the receptors and cause modulating responses.

The main job of our endocannabinoid system is to maintain overall balance in our body by regulating bodily functions that include immune response, inflammation, metabolism, appetite, pain response, neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, and, yes, mood and brain function.

Of course, the mechanism for how cannabinoids affect and interact with certain parts of our system to bring about desired effects in the treatment of specific medical conditions is much more complicated than this.  But here’s really the gist: these cannabinoids are potent and they make medical cannabis worth exploring.

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