The diverse health benefits of cannabis are growing. Many states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, or both. We break down some of the most researched benefits.
The health benefits from cannabis come from its chemical compounds know as cannabinoids. There are over 100 cannabinoids, and the two most popular and well studied are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD impacts the brain to perform better without giving you that high that people get, while THC helps in relieving pain.
Research suggests that certain components of cannabis are effective in managing pain. This may be helpful to treat chronic pain, such as arthritis and joint pain. The CBD compound from the plant may benefit inflammation conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, arthritis and many others; but can also improve overall health. Cannabis is also linked to helping with weight loss, diabetes, cancer, shrinking tumors, regulating seizures and bone healing.
The well-being of the mind is as important as physical health. Cannabis is known to improve the health of the brain, due to its effects on the limbic system. Research suggests that cannabis can be used in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, ADD, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease. PTSD doesn’t just affect veterans, but many individuals who have gone through a trauma. A study spearheaded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found that PTSD sufferers who used cannabis reduced their symptoms and were 2.57 times more likely to recover than those who weren’t using cannabis.
Cannabis can be an effective sleep aid, as sleep is essential to maintaining our mental and physical health. If you experience sleep deprivation, you’re not alone here, as many people experience sleep disorders. Cannabis can relax the mind and might provide some pain relief.