What Can Cannabis Cure?
What Can Cannabis Cure?
Cannabis has been in use for medical purposes for thousands of years. It became illegal mainly out of fear, or thoughts that it made people crazy because of the psychoactive effects. Cannabis has dozens of medical uses. We’ll go over some of the least common here.
A list of common conditions that cannabis helps:
- Anxiety, stress, high blood pressure, PTSD
- Reduces/stops muscle spasms/Parkinson’s tremors/Fibromyalgia
- Reduces inflammation, treats pain
- Blood sugar stabilization (in strains with high percentages of THC-V)
- Reduction or stopping of epileptic seizures
- Pre-menstrual cramps
- Severe Nausea
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Cannabidiol, and some THC-containing cannabis strains can actually stop you from performing obsessive/compulsive behaviors. Some strains can relax you enough to where an immediate urge to do something isn’t present. Other strains will aid productivity without obsessive/compulsive routines.
Reverse Effects of Tobacco Use
A medical study was conducted in 2012 that shows that cannabis use may actually improve lung function. It also shows that using cannabis may actually reverse some of the effects of tobacco use on your lungs as well. The research speculates that taking deep breaths to inhale cannabis smoke may help improve lung capacity.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Relief
IBS as it is commonly referred to, is painful. Some THC-containing strains and most CBD containing strains benefit gut function. Cannabidiol may prevent intestines from being permeable to bacteria (easily letting bacteria in).
Patients with Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis and intestinal hernias may also benefit from CBD use.
Stops Cancer Cells from Spreading
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been studied multiple times over the last decade in regards to its effect on cancer cells. A 2007 study, conducted at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco says that the Id-1 gene is actually turned off with the use of CBD to stop cancer from spreading. Cancer cells multiply quickly, use of some CBD products may help stop cells from multiplying.
See related article: Can Cannabis Really Kill Cancer Cells?
Brain Protection After Strokes
Animal studies have shown that cannabis may be able to reduce the size of the area of the brain that is affected following a stroke. Protecting the brain from repeat damage from small strokes, T.I.A. events and other brain injuries may be possible through cannabis – mainly the cannabidiol properties of the plant.
Slow Alzheimer’s Disease Progression
A lot of information has been released over the last year or two regarding the benefits that cannabis can have for those with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s been reported that some cannabis products can actually help scrub the cells around the brain to reduce the dead cells – which helps improve brain function in Alzheimer’s patients. Some cannabis strains slow amyloid plaque formation. Amyloid plaques are what “clutter” the brain and allow Alzheimer’s symptoms to progress at a faster rate.
A Few Last Words
Is cannabis the world’s wonder drug? Quite possibly. It has hundreds of medicinal benefits and dozens of positive social benefits for recreational users. Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system, so that basically means that we’re “wired” to work with cannabis, instead of against it. It really is safer than a lot of the prescription medications that people take every day of their lives.