For centuries, marijuana has been used for all types of medical and recreational purposes, such as inflammation, malaria, gout, and all other types of pain. However, since legalization, scientists have been able to study more about weed. This has opened doors to a ton of findings about the benefits that weed can have.
While the medical benefits of marijuana have been recognized in the west since the 1850s, the United States and Canada experienced a push in the last century, marginalizing and outlawing the weed entirely… until recently.
In this article, we will highlight the benefits of cannabis that you probably didn’t even know about until now:
1. Stops the Spreading of Cancer Cells
This is a big one. While more research needs to be done, there is evidence that one of the cannabinoids, or cannabidiol— also known as CBD, has the ability to stop cancer spread by turning off a gene called LD-1, which has shown to block cells that regulate your body’s cell growth.
In 2007, the researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco experimented on patients with cancer cells who had high levels of LD-1. These patients were treated with CBD. The CBD managed to lower the concentrations of LD-1 genes in cancer cells, causing them to spread less aggressively. If you want more information head over to our blog post “Can Marijuana Cure Cancer?”
2. Treats Chronic Anxiety
This may not be new for you but one of the best ways to treat chronic anxiety is with cannabis. It appears that THC might contribute to the reduction of anxiety when administered in moderate dosages – overdosing might cause the opposite effect and can trigger paranoia. It’s best to start slow and increase as necessary.
3. Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease is a degenerative disease that affects 1 in 5 Canadian seniors. Science has shown that the use of THC, which is the psychoactive component of cannabis, slows the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. It can even go as far as prevent the condition from taking place according to some studies.
These studies show that THC prohibits the formation of something called amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain which is responsible for their production. These plaques destroy cells in the brain and are the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Helps People with Parkinson’s Disease
Smoking cannabis reduces the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, according to some studies. While unfortunately Parkinson’s Disease does not have any cure, you can help treat the symptoms through weed including improved motor skills.
5. Helps with Sleep Issues
With so many people experiencing sleeping disorders, cannabis seems like a safe and natural alternative to more powerful pharmaceutical medication. Studies have shown that marijuana makes falling asleep easier. One recent study found that cannabis shortens the time it takes to fall asleep. Among people with active difficulty falling asleep, cannabis use resulted in an average of 30 minutes less time in falling asleep. For the full article about sleep issues check out “How Does Cannabis Affect The Sleep Cycle”
6. Assists with Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel condition that causes pain, nausea, diarrhea, and in some cases vomiting. A recent study found cannabis as a potent reliever for Crohn’s disease symptoms. 10 out of 11 patients reported a dramatic decrease in the frequency of their symptoms, while 5 of those patients noted a digression of the disease.
7. Relieves Arthritis
In 2011, researchers reported that cannabis reduces inflammation and pain from rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers at the rheumatology units at a number of hospitals provided their patients with Sativex, a cannabinoid-based analgesic medicine. After two weeks of the treatment, patients using Sativex experienced a significant drop in pain levels and gained better sleep quality compared to the placebo group.
Thankfully both the United States and Canadian governments have started to fund and support the research on cannabis after witnessing the emerging evidence of its benefits. As more countries change their policies toward weed, we will understand cannabis more and how it interacts with our body.