Marijuana has been receiving increasing attention in recent years due to its reported health benefits, and many believe that regular marijuana use can be a beneficial addition to one’s life. Research is ongoing, but many studies have suggested that marijuana can help treat various medical conditions and even offer benefits to those that don’t necessarily have any medical conditions. This post will explore six main conditions cannabis has been known to treat, along with a brief introduction to purchasing it legally.
How To Obtain Marijuana In Your State
Before putting the horse before the cart, it is prudent to briefly discuss the law and how to obtain high-quality marijuana to treat the various conditions mentioned later in the post. Leaving aside the weirdness of current federal drug law, marijuana has been legalized in a number of states, either for recreational or medicinal purposes. If your state doesn’t allow recreational use, they likely have for medical use, as 37 states allow their citizens to obtain medical marijuana from registered dispensaries. Nonetheless, to gain access to the green, you will need certain Marijuana registry ID cards, obtainable through various methods based on your state’s laws. You can get these cards by contacting your local authorities and filling out an application. Now that’s out of the way, let’s look at some of the benefits cannabis offers.
It Has Been Shown To Relieve Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is a long-term condition that can be debilitating and upsetting. It’s often characterized by a dull, constant ache or pain, which may be felt in one or more areas of the body. Chronic pain can also cause fatigue, sleep problems (more on that later), and depression. Chronic pain is often difficult to diagnose because its symptoms vary widely depending on the individual’s age, gender, and health history. Needless to say, it can be extraordinarily burdensome and cause severe quality-of-life issues. Marijuana’s ability to reduce chronic pain is attributed to its chemical compounds. The active chemical THC binds receptors in the brain that are activated by natural painkillers like anandamide and endorphins. Researchers have found that marijuana can also reduce inflammation and nausea, which is why it’s often used as a treatment for chemotherapy patients who are experiencing nausea and vomiting.
It Can Reduce The Impact Of Insomnia
Insomnia is not a disease but rather an umbrella term for several sleep disorders with similar symptoms, such as difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that can affect your health in many ways, including causing chronic fatigue, depression, and anxiety. In some studies, marijuana has been shown to reduce the effects of insomnia, and it has many sleep-related benefits. Marijuana is considered the best natural sleeping aid because it works without any side effects and has no addictive properties. However, you should make sure to select an Indica strain as opposed to a Sativa one.
THC Can Reduce Anxiety (With The Correct Dosage)
Anxiety is a condition that affects people in different ways, but regardless of severity, it can be a debilitating condition that can ruin your quality of life and make it difficult to function. Anxiety appears in many guises, including:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Specific phobias
Cannabis has been shown to reduce anxiety in many studies conducted on the effects of THC on humans. One study showed that when people were given a dose of THC, they reported an improvement in their mood and an improvement in their ability to relax. However, most studies have indicated that the dosage is vital because overdoing it can be counterproductive and actually increase your symptoms.
It Could Reduce Glaucoma-Related Eye Pressure
As a result of glaucoma, the optic nerve can become damaged, leading to vision loss and blindness. This pressure is typically caused by high blood pressure in the veins inside the eye or blockage of these veins. Studies have shown that marijuana and cannabinoids reduce intraocular pressure equivalently to most conventional glaucoma medications. However, interestingly the studies show this is true after oral, intravenous, and inhaled administration of cannabinoids but not after direct application to the eye (as is the case with most glaucoma medication).
MS Sufferers Could Benefit From It
In multiple sclerosis, the body’s immune system attacks nerve fiber sheaths in the brain, causing a decline in quality of life over time that is irreversible. There are many ways in which marijuana can help with MS symptoms. For example, it can help relieve muscle spasms and pain by acting as a muscle relaxant. Marijuana also has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for those with MS.
It Can Reduce Stress And Promote Relaxation
Stress is a serious issue that affects many people’s quality of life and can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as work, family, social life, and relationships. Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives, and it’s not limited to people with mental disorders or those who are under extreme pressure at work. Moreover, the body needs a certain amount of stress to function effectively and keep the brain active. However, it can become a problem when stress levels become overwhelming.
In fact, in extreme cases, it can lead to alcohol and drug addiction to overcome the problem. Marijuana can help reduce stress and promote relaxation by providing an almost immediate sense of calmness, which can be very helpful during moments of high stress or anxiety. It also helps regulate moods by giving a sense of euphoria often missing from other drugs and alcohol. However, as with the advice pertaining to anxiety, you need to moderate your dosage to get the best results.
While the long-term health effects of regular use are still unknown, the potential benefits of marijuana use for specific conditions are undeniable. However, it is essential to note that marijuana is a powerful substance and should be used cautiously. By using marijuana responsibly and in moderation, you can reap the health benefits it has to offer.