As marijuana consumption becomes legal for both medical and recreational use in states across the country, scientists, dispensary owners, and others with an interest are heavily researching the benefits the plant offers to a human’s health, and the conditions that may be improved or treated with the plant. Although research is heavy these days, marijuana’s health benefits have been researched for more than 40 years now. In fact, it was first in 1972 that marijuana’s health benefits were discovered, but sadly, President Nixon had different ideals and demonetized marijuana as an evil drug that created monsters. And so, here we are, more than 40 years later, debating the legitimacy of the herb and its ability to heal.
Even Still, marijuana usage and overall thoughts about the plant have changed considerably over this time. More than half the U.S. population is in favor of legalizing the plant for medical and recreational use, according to research from Pew Research Center. So, exactly what’s so great about marijuana? It’s ability to take pain away and the versatility to treat so many conditions.
The Marijuana Research is on
Marijuana research is taking place in Colorado, California, Alaska, and many other states. What we know to be fact of the plant’s health benefits is that it alleviates nausea, which is great for cancer patients receiving radiation and chemotherapy; and that it stops pain. The research being conducted on medical marijuana also offers insight into the fact that it can also treat mental health disorders like depression and PTSD, although more research is needed to make a definite conclusion.
Over 100 different cannabinoids are found inside marijuana plants. These cannabinoids each play a different role on the body. Two of the main cannabinoid chemicals found inside are Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD.) THC is responsible for the ‘high’ that people feel after smoking or ingesting marijuana. CBD is responsible for alleviating pain and providing other health benefits. Together, CBD and THC provide a powerful pain reliever that is believed to be free of side effects, and certainly safer than narcotic pain medications and other commonly prescribed treatments for severe pain.
Some of the conditions that marijuana is currently approved to treat include:
- Eating disorders (i.e. anorexia)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Wasting syndrome
- Muscle spasms
- Multiple Sclerosis
More Medical Marijuana Benefits
It’s believed that marijuana can boost brain functionality as well. Consciousness and Cognition Journal published a study that concluded marijuana smokers showed more eloquence on days they consumed CBD or THC than days they did not. Marijuana may be able to help you control your weight, despite many people hearing that you ‘get the munchies’ while you use marijuana. Although you might have a few cravings when you smoke, studies find that marijuana smokers have a lower body mass index than on-smokers, so you won’t need to worry too badly. Other health benefits offered via marijuana consumption include:
- The Journal of American Medical Association reports that marijuana users have enhanced lung capacity due to the deep inhales taken during marijuana smoking.
- The journal Scientific Reports reports that alcohol is 114 times more dangerous in the body than THC. There are also fewer side effects of THC than alcohol
- The U.S. government reports that marijuana can kill cancer cells in mice, though further evidence is needed for results in human participants
Choosing Medical Marijuana
Choosing the right marijuana strain to treat your specific ailment is important if you want to feel relief. Finding the right strain isn’t difficult, despite the hundreds of options available. To minimize the stress of choosing the right medical marijuana strain to treat your condition, use the following tips when making your purchase.
- Indica or sativa? Or Hybrid or CBD? Sativa strains increase energy and alertness. Indica strains are those that are heavy and are great for a lazy Saturday. A hybrid strain is a mixture of both indica and sativa and will be dominant on one of the sides. And, CBD is the chemical that doesn’t cause you to become high, but instead relaxes the pain and stops pain.
- Many different lists and publications offer information for individuals interested in using medical marijuana to treat their health conditions. Look online to find this information and choosing the right strain of marijuana to treat your health ailments is simple.
- Ask your medical marijuana provider for recommendations. They are trained and knowledgeable of the best strains for each of the approved treatment conditions and help ensure that you are satisfied with your purchase.
- Choose familiar names and choose plants like sativa Sour Diesel, Maui Waui, Girl Scout Cookies, Gorilla Glue, and Acapulco Gold for best results, but don’t be afraid to experiment with new strains, too.
Medical marijuana is approved for use in more than half the U.S. states, and 14 for recreational use. Marijuana is safe, highly-effective, and an exceptional alternative to risky narcotic pain relievers, surgeries, etc. The conditions listed above are only some of the many that marijuana is known to help, so if you are feeling a little under the weather or are in pain, perhaps it is time to reach for a little green herbal remedy to finally get the relief that you need. It will likely be the best remedy you’ve ever had in your entire life.