Controversies surrounding medical marijuana have been around for decades. During the mid 19th century, cannabis started growing in popularity for recreational purposes. As more and more people consumed it over time, The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified it as a Scheduled 1 Drug. However, the drug made its way back into headlines in recent years after scientists developed a synthetic form of THC. Pharmaceutical companies began to invest money in research on cannabis’ effects as an alternative treatment option for cancer patients.
The following is a list of recent research on the effects and potential benefits of illegal drugs. We do not endorse nor promote their use; this content only serves as an informational source to help users make more right decisions about drug usage.
#1. Chronic pain relief
Cannabis has hundreds of chemical compounds, many of which are cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have been linked to providing relief for chronic pain due to their makeup. This is why medical cannabis with its by-product is commonly used to alleviate chronic pain conditions.
#2. Help you lose weight.
According to the study published in The American Journal of Medicine, marijuana users are generally slimmer than non-users. Researchers have found that cannabis uses are linked with lower fasting insulin levels and smaller weight circumferences which can help reduce obesity rates.
#3. Regulate and prevent diabetes
Cannabis has shown to have significant benefits for people who have diabetes. The American Alliance of Medical Cannabis (AAMC) research suggests that cannabis stabilizes blood sugars, lowers high blood pressure, and improves circulation – all critical factors in managing diabetes.
#4. Inflammatory bowel disorders (IBD) may be treated.
Researchers at the University of Nottingham has found that chemicals in marijuana, including THC and cannabidiol, interact with cells located throughout our bodies. These body cannabinoids control things like gut function and immune responses. When we consume THC from cannabis plants or cannabinoids produced by our bodies, they bond together tightly to prevent these functions from being controlled on a cellular level. Cannabis plant compounds block this interaction which causes intestinal permeability (or leakage).
#5. May relieve arthritis pain
A study from 2011 found that people with osteoporosis were more likely to struggle without cannabinoid receptors. Meanwhile, as researchers announced in the same year, marijuana alleviates pain and can help arthritis. Researchers gave their patients Sativex, a medicine containing cannabinoids that relieve chronic pain for sufferers of multiple sclerosis or cancer who are resistant to other treatments; within some time, they had noticed a significant reduction in discomfort compared to placebo users.
#6. Fight cancer
The medical benefits of cannabis are nothing to laugh at. For instance, research has found that cannabinoids may fight cancer and help patients going through chemotherapy feel better.
#7. May stop the spread of HIV.
THC, which is an active ingredient in marijuana, is shown to stop the spread of HIV. THC even helps those who are within the late stages of AIDS as well! Not only that, but cannabinoids yield powerful anti-viral effects against HIV infection.
#8. Helps treat depression
Cannabis can help ease depression because it contains endocannabinoid compounds that stabilize moods. These receptors are found in our brains that control memory, mood, cognition, appetite, and pain. THC boosts serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that provides to feelings of well-being and happiness which can elevate levels of depression.
#9. Glaucoma treatment
The National Eye Institute, a division of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, found that marijuana, when smoked, can reduce intraocular pressure in people with chronic anxiety as well as glaucoma patients: “Studies showed smoking marijuana lowered IOP levels by 25-30%” (National Institutes).
#10. Control seizures
The research conducted on CBD has shown that marijuana can help in controlling seizures. There are lots ongoing studies to determine the effect cannabis has on individuals with epilepsy.
Medical marijuana is a way to alleviate pain, help with sleep, and can even reduce nausea. While it may not be for everyone, medical marijuana relieves symptoms without other drugs’ side effects. If you want to know about how medical cannabis could benefit your health or wellness goals, contact Compassionate Healthcare of Florida today! We would love to answer any questions about our services and provide information on working together.