Marijuana has been used medicinally for thousands of years. But in the last century marijuana has lost its viability as a medicine through widespread misunderstanding.
Fortunately things are starting to come back around and many people are rediscovering the medicinal qualities of marijuana. Here are 10 reasons you should try medical marijuana.
1. Our Brains Are Tuned into Cannabinoids
Humans have a unique group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors in their brains and nervous system that interact with the cannabinoids found in cannabis. This system is what interacts with THC and CBD (2 primary cannabinoids) to regulate appetite, mood, and pain among other things.
2. Medical Marijuana Can Help Relieve Stress
After a long day at work or school medical marijuana can help us to relax. Some strains can help ease the tension in your muscles as well as create relief for anxiety.
3. Medical Marijuana Can Be A Substitute for Prescription Drugs
Many people turn to prescription medications like OxyContin to help them cope with pain after injuries and operations. Recently doctors have been using medical marijuana to help their patients transition away from the highly addictive medications.
4. Medical Marijuana Can Stimulate Appetite
Often times people battling with cancer have a hard time keeping an appetite amidst their chemotherapy treatments. Medical marijuana is known to help people develop an appetite in crucial times.
5. Medical Marijuana Can Help You Sleep
Many medical marijuana users seek their medicine in order to get a good night’s sleep. Marijuana can make you drowsy at bedtime if you need a little extra help falling asleep.
6. Medical Marijuana is Being Used to Fight Cancer
Studies have shown that marijuana can be effective in reducing cancer related tumors and other ailments. The cannabinoid CBD is a popular topic of research of late because it is proving especially effective in reducing tumor size.
7. Medical Marijuana Can Prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s
Studies have shown that THC can prevent an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase from accelerating the formation of “Alzheimer’s plaques” in the brain, as well as protein clumps that can inhibit cognition and memory, more effectively than commercially marketed drugs.
8. Medical Marijuana Can Help Glaucoma
Research has shown that marijuana can help reduce and relieve the intraocular pressure that causes nerve damage in the eyes. Some research suggests that marijuana can also reverse ocular deterioration as well.
9. Medical Marijuana Can Help With Morning Sickness
Researchers at the British Columbia Compassion Club Society found that 92 percent of women found marijuana’s effect on morning sickness symptoms as either “very effective” or effective.” Though smoking marijuana during pregnancy is not recommended, a University of Pittsburgh study showed that only “heavy” smoking during the first trimester resulted in negative effects at birth.
10. Medical Marijuana Can Reduce Arthritis Pain
People with rheumatoid arthritis report less pain and inflammation after using medical marijuana. Cannabinoids are patented as antioxidants by the U.S. Government and are now being applied for use in treating inflammation.
If any of these reasons resonate with you, perhaps you should give medical marijuana a try.
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