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Cannabis aka marijuana is one of the most controversial topics universally and can bring on a hot debate anytime. The legalisation of its use for purposes other than medical has been seen as detrimental to the society and youth by those who vouch for its complete ban. On the other hand, there is a lobby of advocates who are pushing for legal allowance for use of marijuana for recreational purposes.
Reasons for both differ significantly. But before taking any sides, one must know what marijuana is and why it evokes such strong emotions from the people from the world over?
A bit about Cannabis
The use of marijuana by humans is known to date back to several centuries. People in ancient times used it as a cure for several ailments. The marijuana or cannabis, as it is also known as, is obtained from hemp plant. The leaves, stem, flowers and other parts of the plant are used to make various types of products.
THC, which stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main substance in cannabis. This substance is particularly associated with the neurological and psychological effects that it has on people who consume marijuana.
It induces drowsiness. It is for these reasons that it is being used to aid in the treatment of various chronic and serious diseases. It is said to reduce the effects of chronic pain from cancer, tumors and ulcers, severe nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and various other medical conditions.
A point to highlight here is that while we may only debate about its use or ban, the real significance of use of cannabis is understood by those who are sick and cannabis provides the only means of cure and hope.
Here are some health benefits of cannabis
- Relief from chronic pain
Cannabis is made up of compounds called cannabinoids. Science has linked cannabinoids to providing relief from chronic pain.
- Alleviate anxiety
There are certain strains of marijuana that can actually help with anxiety. Taken in monitored dosage and in the proper way, cannabis can help alleviate anxiety.
- Helps treat depression
The endocannabinoid compounds in cannabis can help in stabilising moods which can help with symptons of depression.
- Helps with ADHD/ADD
This plant is known to help people dealing with ADHD and ADD who often struggle with cognitive performance and concentration. It is also considered a safer alternative to Adderall and Ritalin.
- Helps with PTSD symptoms
You often hear PTSD linked to people that have been through some sort of trauma. Cannabis helps regulate the fight or flight response, preventing it from go in panic mode.
- Manage seizures
Research conducted on CBD oil has shown that it can help manage seizures. There are ongoing studies to determine the effect cannabis has on individuals with epilepsy.
- Helps with tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease
For those that have Parkinson’s disease cannabis can help reduce tremors and pain while also helping promote sleep.
- Treats inflammatory bowel diseases
People dealing with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can find some relief with the use of cannabis or CBD oil. Cannabis or cbd oil can help block off bacteria and other things that cause inflammation in the bowel.
- Helps with alcoholism
One major benefit of cannabis is that there is no doubt cannabis is much safer than alcohol. While it may not be 100% risk-free, it can be a smarter way to curb alcoholism by substituting it with cannabis.
- Fight cancer
There is plenty of evidence that shows cannabinoids can help fight cancer or at least certain types of it.
These just a few of the many health benefits of this miracle plant as there are plenty. As more studies come to light, more and more people are turning this plant for medicinal purposes.
A major reason for this use is the fact that being a naturally occurring substance, marijuana is considered to be safer and with less or no side effects at all when compared to the synthetic drugs manufactured in the laboratories. It can be taken through various methods. It can be consumed orally or can be inhaled as vapors. The most common forms are oils and edibles.
If you’re a fan of cannabis or CBD oil and would like to learn how to make it, check out our post How to Make CBD Oil at Home: A Quick Guide to Cannabis Oil.
The debate surrounding the topic is not going to settle anytime soon. The subject calls for more scientific and comprehensive research to be made available. Till then, we may continue to use and derive benefits from the plant, all in a responsible manner.