Recently, cannabis has been reevaluated on a legal and cultural level after being considered as an illegal substance for the past decades. Recent studies report that a majority of Americans support the legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational use. Many states have already legalized cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes.
Researchers and scientists were surprised to find out that cannabis has more than enough medical use for a number of health problems.
Here are ten medical uses of cannabis you might want to know about.
- Cannabis reduces inflammation
Cannabis and its compound, cannabidiol has shown potential in helping to reduce inflammation. This may benefit inflammatory conditions, such as:
- Crohn’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritisOverall health is improved in the body with decreased inflammation.
- Cannabis can help manage your sleep
Relaxation effects of cannabis can help improve and reduce sleep disorders, such as insomnia. Improved sleep can also be obtained when pain is reduced from cannabis use.
- Cannabis can reduce seizures
Researchers found that cannabis in the form of its cannabinoid called cannabidiol or CBD can cause a significant drop in seizures. A study was made by the King’s College in London, and they found that about 48 percent of their patients were able to reduce seizures by 50 percent or more. The patients in the said study were children with severe forms of epilepsy Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome or Dravet Syndrome.
- Cannabis being a vasodilator
Cannabis has calming effects. If a person can relax and feel calm, it can help improve positive cardiovascular health by widening the blood vessels to allow smooth blood flow.
- Cannabis has analgesic properties
According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, severe pain can lead to specific health ailments. Cannabis acts on the pain receptors in our brain; the pain-relieving properties of cannabis could potentially lead to better overall health.
- Cannabis can treat glaucoma
Cannabis can be used to treat glaucoma, which increases the pressure in the eyeball, injuring the optic nerve and causing loss of vision. According to the National Eye Institute, cannabis lowers the pressure inside the eye. This effect can prevent blindness.
- Cannabis can lessen anxiety
A research at Harvard University suggested that one of cannabis’ benefits can actually be reduced anxiety, which can improve the user’s mood and act as a sedative in low doses.
- Cannabis can help veterans suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
In some states in America, cannabis is approved to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. In New Mexico, PTSD is the top reason for people to get a license for medical cannabis. This is the first time the U.S. Government’s Department of Health and Human Services has approved a proposal that incorporates smoked or vaporized cannabis.
Cannabinoids, similar to THC, help control the system that causes fear and anxiety in the body and brain.
- Cannabis can improve symptoms of Lupus
Medical cannabis is used to treat the autoimmune disorder called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, which is when the body starts attacking itself for unknown reasons.
Chemicals present in cannabis are responsible for relaxing the immune system. The positive impact of cannabis to help deal with the symptoms of Lupus is from the effects of pain suppression and nausea.
- Cannabis can also protect the brain after a stroke
Research done on rats, mice, and monkeys from the University of Nottingham shows that cannabis can help protect the brain from damage caused by a stroke by reducing the size of the area affected by the stroke.