With Medical Marijuana legalized in over two-thirds of U.S. states, more and more people are starting to realize the incredible benefits the substance has on our bodies and minds. Recent research indicates that cannabis is an effective treatment for a plethora of conditions, especially for neuropathic pain, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma. Since certain strains of marijuana are also appetite stimulants, the substance can be incredibly beneficial for those suffering from HIV/AIDs and for people undergoing chemotherapy.
While cannabis research in America remains minimal due to the substance’s categorization as a Schedule I drug, more than 60 U.S. and international health organizations support the prescription of medical marijuana under a doctor’s supervision. Many of the organizations are also calling for an increase in research to study marijuana’s potential for treating certain diseases.
So, why is there a resounding cry for more research into cannabis?
Because studies from other countries, along with anecdotes from countless medical marijuana patients, demonstrate a clear connection between the substance and a patient’s wellbeing.
Here’s why an increasing amount of physicians and health professionals recommend medical marijuana:
Safe & Effective
We’ve all heard stories about the dangers of weed from those who disapprove of the use of marijuana, but do their stories hold any weight?
The use of cannabis and the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, dates back to 2700 BC, yet there has never been a recorded death caused by marijuana. In fact, many researchers claim that it is physically impossible to overdose from the substance. With this in mind, prescription drugs used to treat nausea, chronic pain, and many other conditions cannot hold a candle to the safety of cannabis.
While some people may react negatively to a certain strain or dose of marijuana, their health is not jeopardized. The effects of marijuana at various doses vary from person to person, just like they would with any substance. However, the use of cannabis is more customizable with hundreds of strains and a plethora of doses to experiment with to treat your health condition safely.
Natural in More Ways Than One
Marijuana is a product of the earth, making it healthier for consumption than lab-created substances. What’s more, the human body has built-in cannabinoid receptors suggesting that the use of marijuana is not only safe but encouraged for one’s well being.
The cannabinoid receptors in our body (which have even been found in mother’s breast milk) are able to bind to cannabinoids in marijuana to help provide relief to a myriad of health concerns.
Unparalleled Pain Relief
A study conducted at a Colorado spine center found that nearly 1 in 5 patients had been prescribed cannabis to treat their pain. Of those using the substance, 90% reported that it provided them with great or moderate relief. Since medical marijuana was legalized, chronic pain has been one of the most common health concerns doctors treat with cannabis.
Marijuana’s ability to effectively alleviate pain lies within our body’s cannabinoid receptors, of which there are two kinds, CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. While cannabinoid receptors are located all around the body, there are two concentrations of great importance.
The highest concentration of CB1 receptors are found within areas of the central nervous system that control pain perception, and CB2 receptors are found within areas that control immune function, including the spleen, white blood cells, and tonsils.
Given the presence of cannabinoid receptors in our bodies – especially when you consider where they are concentrated – would suggest that cannabinoids are one of the most effective and natural ways to treat pain.
The health benefits of marijuana do not start and end with the three ideas outlined above. The use of cannabis has been shown to benefit those suffering from cancer, as well as mental health diseases, Altzheimers, Parkinsons, and eating disorders. We’ll be taking a deeper dive into how cannabis benefits all of these health conditions individually over the next few months, so be sure to keep an eye out!
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