These days, every adult can legally purchase cannabis in eleven States. People become more accepting of medical marijuana; it doesn’t associate with 40-years old unemployed men and lazy teenagers any longer. At least, not after a former president Barack Obama admitted trying pot in college.
The cannabis industry is growing rapidly in the United States. According to the latest statistics published by Marijuana Business Daily (MBD), the number of marijuana consumers will increase by up to 400% in 2022.
Medical marijuana can replace prescription drugs such as pain pills, insomnia drugs, anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, and glaucoma drugs. This fact clearly threatens the pharmaceutical industry. No wonder there are so many myths and misconceptions about cannabis these days.
It’s time to debunk some myths about the health benefits of cannabis. At this point, the University of Cagliari and CNR Institute of Neuroscience state carry out research to answer cannabis users’ questions. Here is a list of proven health benefits:
Some researchers suggest that regular smoking of marijuana can cause depression. However, it has never been confirmed by the National Institute Of Mental Health.
Approximately 300.000 million people live with depression. Obviously, they all can’t be cannabis users. Some people are more prone to this medical illness than others. Common risk factors for depression are abuse, early trauma, genetics, chronic stress.
According to ThriveNevada, cannabis can be useful in treating depression while being combined with professional psychological help.
To treat depression, an individual should make an effort to increase serotonin levels. The research suggests that medical marijuana can have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors. Indeed, the smoking pot will not help to heal trauma. However, it can become an excellent substitute for prescribed antidepressants.
It still hasn’t been proved what can be more addictive – cannabis or antidepressants.
It’s important to remind that persistent depressive disorder can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, inflammation, insomnia, chronic pain, and loss of libido.
Another review has also shown that smoking cannabis can help people to stop panic attacks and relieve anxiety in general.
The impact of marijuana on stress levels has been examined by a Washington State University in 2017. The study showed that CBD could help to cope with stress.
Relieves Chronic Pain
A recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine showed evidence proving that cannabis usage can be a part of the treatment of chronic pain.
The researchers evaluated 30 women and men with chronic pain. After the first five-days trial, participants noticed significant pain reduction. After the second trial, researcher Mark Ware stated that cannabis has a clear medical value. He also pointed out that CBD still can’t be the first-line treatment for chronic pain.
Slows the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
A study led by Kim Janda in 2006 suggests that smoking cannabis can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The active chemical in marijuana (also known as THC) can block the enzyme in the brain and slow the formation of amyloid plaques (they are responsible for killing brain cells and causing Alzheimer’s disease).
Moreover, a mixture of cannabis and THC can also reduce disturbances in dementia patients. The link between cannabis usage and Alzheimer’s prevention requires more research. At the moment, all the studies are in the early stages.
Treats the side effects of Hepatitis-C Medication
Hepatitis C medication has a lot of unpleasant side effects: fatigue, headache, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, hair loss, joint pain, and dizziness. No wonder, some patients turn to use cannabis in order to manage these side effects. Also, marijuana can help to ease general symptoms from a viral infection.
A study conducted by the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that patients using cannabis are more likely to complete their hepatitis C treatment.
Relieves arthritis Discomfort
According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, almost 24 million adults in the United States are limited in their activities because of arthritis.
In 2011, researchers announced that smoking marijuana could help to relieve discomfort and pain for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
These days, doctors give people with arthritis a cannabinoid-based medicine called Sativex. All patients noted the improved sleep and reduction in pain after a two-week period.
Obesity is a growing concern in the United States. At the moment, approximately 35% of Americans have this health problem. One study published in the American Journal Of Medicine suggests that marijuana can help to prevent obesity since it increases metabolism.
Cannabis users have a better response to sugar. Also, a study from Michigan State University confirmed that cannabis users weigh less compared to non-smokers.
The Bottom Line
Multiple studies have proven that cannabis has a lot of health benefits. Smoking marijuana can become a part of depression treatment, relieve chronic pain, and even slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The active chemicals in cannabis can also help to treat the side effects of hepatitis C medication and relieve arthritis discomfort.