Today, marijuana is legal in Canada, marijuana is being revaluated on a cultural and legal level after decades.
Research tells that a majority of people support legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use in Canada. Cannabis is an ancient and multi-beneficial plant. Its adaptability and usefulness have propelled cannabis into all kinds of industries and products, especially in the medical field.
Still, some researchers and lawmakers want more scientific evidence that supports the specific benefits of marijuana.
Here, we will discuss some researched health benefits of Cannabis or medical marijuana product.
- Lowering Blood Pressure
In 2017, in a study conducted by JCI insight, it is found that CBD lowered the blood pressure of human participants. It helped to reduce their resting blood pressure as well as their blood pressure after stress tests like isometric exercise, mental arithmetic, and the cold pressure test.
- Reduced Inflammation
CBD in marijuana is considered to help reduce inflammation and neuropathic pain. It also may benefit some inflammatory conditions like:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
By reducing inflammation in the body, it can also improve overall health.
- Pain Management
The cannabinoids found in marijuana may help in reducing pain by altering pain perception pathways in the brain. It may be helpful to treat conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and migraine that cause chronic pain.
Marijuana may also reduce side effects of cancer treatment like loss of appetite. Medical marijuana is also reported to help replace the long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, which can have negative side effects.
- Neurological and Mental Disorders
Medical experts prescribe marijuana to treat the following neurological and mental health conditions:
- PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Tourette syndrome
- Sleep Disorders
The soothing effects of marijuana may help improve sleep disorders like insomnia and also improve sleep by reducing pain.
- Preventing relapse in drug and alcohol addiction
A study in 2018, it is discovered that CBD can be useful in helping people who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. A trial on rats reported that CBD reduced the stress-induced cravings, anxiety, and lack of impulse control that often cause people to relapse.
- Help in Treating Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety is probably the most common reason that people have used CBD, and an earlier study, it is found that CBD could be effective in treating generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Fight Against Cancer
CBD is not only used to help reduce the effects of chemotherapy but also it may prevent cell growth and induce cell death in cervical cancer cell lines and it has numerous anti-cancer effects. That help in preventing a variety of cancers, treating tumors, and providing benefit to the immune system.
- Treating gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders
A recent study reported that CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids can effectively be used to prevent and treat GI disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s ulcerative colitis, and more. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are key to reducing and preventing symptoms.
- Preventing Seizures
Marijuana has been used to treat epilepsy and other seizure syndromes for decades, and a recent study showed that it can have positive effects in reducing symptoms and seizure frequency.
- Improves lung Capacity
A study reported that cannabis doesn’t harm your lung, unlike smoking cigarettes. A study found that cannabis helps increase the capacity of the lungs rather than cause any harm to them.
- Help Lose Weight
If you have noticed cannabis users, you will notice that the cannabis user is usually not overweight. That is because cannabis helps in regulating insulin while managing caloric intake efficiently.
- Regulate and prevent diabetes
Since it impacts insulin, it’s obvious that cannabis can help regulate and prevent diabetes. Research which is conducted by AAMC (American Alliance for Medical Cannabis) has linked cannabis to stabilize blood sugars, lower blood pressure, and improve blood circulation.
- Treating Depression
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders found in people without even knowing they have it. The endocannabinoid compounds in cannabis can help stabilize moods which can ease depression.
- Help in Autism Treatment
Cannabis has the properties to calm users down and control their moods. The children who have autism and experience frequent violent mood swings, cannabis help to control it.
- Helps with tremors associated with Parkinson’s Disease
For those that have Parkinson’s disease cannabis can help reduce tremors and pain and improve sleep. It has also been shown to improve motor skills in patients.
- Help to relieve multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis can be painful, and cannabis can help to provide relief from it. It also leads to painful muscle contractions and helps reduce that pain.
- Reduces the side effects of hepatitis C treatment
The treatment for hepatitis C has many side effects like nausea, depression, fatigue, and muscle aches. Cannabis can help reduce the side effects caused by the treatment while making it more effective at the same time.
- Slowing Down the development process of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is caused by cognitive degeneration. As we age, cognitive degeneration is almost unavoidable. Endocannabinoid which is found in cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties that fight the brain’s inflammation that lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
There are several health and medical benefits of marijuana, but still, if you are interested in using it, you should consult your health expert first. They can help guide you through the benefits and any potential risks as well as the legalities behind obtaining a medical marijuana card, depending on where you live.