Medical Cannabis: Things You Should Know

Cannabis which is also popularly known as marijuana has always been a very controversial topic of debate. Although the world is slowly accepting the benefits of cannabis, it remains illegal in many countries. 

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Speaking of cannabis, there are two types. One is medical cannabis and the second is meant for recreational use. But in this post, we are going to discuss only medical cannabis. If you wish to know more details about cannabis, then you can log into smokingthings.com.

What is medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis is also derived from the marijuana plant. The chemicals present in medical marijuana are oftentimes used to treat various diseases and conditions. 

Medical cannabis is the same as recreational cannabis. The only difference is that medical cannabis contains fewer levels of THC, the substance that gets you high. There have been several studies on medical cannabis. Some have found positive results in using medical cannabis.

What are the health benefits of medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis has been used to:

Relieve pain

One of the major and most common health benefits of using cannabis is that it helps relieves pain. People suffering from arthritis or chronic pain can find medical cannabis to be helpful. In some cases, medical cannabis has been found to help replace the use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, which can have many unwanted side effects.

Help treat neurological disorders

Cannabis is also found to help treat neurological disorders like anxiety, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is known to affect the limbic system and this is why many doctors prescribe medical marijuana for the treatment of neurological problems.

Treat cancer

Researchers at India’s Amity University have compiled literature on the effects of cannabinoids on different cancer types.

Cannabis is oftentimes used to treat the symptoms of chemotherapy side effects, shows potential in limiting the growth of cancer cells and even kill cancer cells in certain cases.

According to the researchers:

“THC and CBD exhibit effective analgesic, anxiolytic, and appetite-stimulating effect on patients suffering from cancer.”

Help Alleviate anxiety and depression

People suffering from depression and anxiety can also benefit themselves from the use of cannabis. However, to get effective results, it needs to be consumed in a controlled and proper way. 

Help lose weight

There is some evidence tying the use of cannabis to lower body weight. Experts have several theories regarding why cannabis has been linked to lower risks of obesity. Among them are: Lower stress – people are more likely to binge eat when feeling stressed. Better sleep – poor sleep has been linked to weight gain. Increased metabolism – cannabis interacts with cannabinoid receptor 1 , which plays a role in metabolism and food intake.

Medical cannabis could be the future of the medical industry. It has an immense amount of potential that is yet to be discovered. Hopefully, we will get to hear good news about cannabis in the future.

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