Have you ever considered marijuana for medical use? Do you think it’s safe enough? Has its effectiveness been proven?
Cannabis consumption is one of few subjects that stir strong emotions among doctors, researchers and scientists. Even though cannabis has been legalized in many countries, people are still skeptical about its use. In the last couple of years, many scientific studies have confirmed the health benefits of cannabinoids.
The least controversial is extract known as CBD because this compound contains little if any, intoxicating properties. Considering that marijuana has more than 100 cannabinoids, not all of them are harmless as they seem, but they play a significant role in our health.
Pain Relief Benefits
Cancer patients often turn to cannabinoids due to their pain relief properties. Even when traditional medications are helpless, these compounds show the best results. Their analgesis features have a substantial impact on our body, making it calmer and resilient to pain.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report where they state definitive evidence that cannabis can be a successful treatment for chronic pain. An ache is the most common reason why people rely on medical marijuana benefits.
So far, there have been multiple cases which prove the effectiveness of cannabinoids and their power to stop the pain.
The two most important compounds, CBD and THC, have demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties. They interact with the endocannabinoid system’s CB2 receptors and cause a physiological response which represses the inflammatory response.
Studies show that cannabinoids suppress the inflammatory response by:
- Decreasing the amount of pro-inflammatory cytokines – proteins that attract white blood cells to notice the infection.
- Increasing the number of T-regulatory cells – they prevent autoimmune diseases.
- Stimulating the death of T cells and dendritic cells – they trigger and play a significant role in the inflammatory response.
- Reducing the fatty acid amidohydrolase activity and increase the amount of the naturally produced anti-inflammatory endocannabinoids.
Patients suffering from hepatitis C often go through harsh treatments, which involve many side-effects such as nausea, fatigue, muscle aches and loss of appetite. These side-effects can last for months and lead many people to stop their treatment earlier than needed.
But a 2006 study discovered that 86% of patients who were using medical marijuana completed the treatment. The scientists concluded that benefits of cannabinoids helped them decrease the side-effects. They were able to overcome nausea and cannabis stimulated their appetite, which helped them go through the entire session.
Helps With Vomiting and Nausea Reduction
The most popular use of medical marijuana is for people going through chemo. The active compound THC is main responsible for decreasing the side-effects. Patients are often exposed to extreme nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite, which can cause additional health problems.
In most cases, cannabinoids can help reduce these side-effects, alleviate the pain, decrease nausea, and act as an appetite stimulant, which leads to better eating habits and overall improved health. This is why FDA approved many drugs containing cannabinoids.
They will help patients feel better and get them through these difficult times.
Reduces Contractions Of Small Intestine
The CBD is one of the most potent plant-based antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compound in nature. This is excellent news for many people who are suffering from gut inflammation and histamine sensitivity.
Some studies also confirmed that THC could slow down the gut motility and cause light constipation of small intestine. It acts as an intestinal anti prokinetic. In this case, people suffering from this condition may still have a chance to cure this severe disorder.
It is proven that gut motility and weak digestion could be causing the SIBO in the first place.
Many cannabis users consume marijuana to relax, however, smoking too much can cause anxiety. Finding a balance is essential. Many clinical tests have confirmed that the right amount of marijuana could calm people.
So, people who consume cannabis should be especially careful with the amount they take because they might not get the desired effects.
For decades, marijuana has been accused of being the primary trigger for psychosis and schizophrenia. Of course, this was an obvious deduction. First of all, people who never used opioids were overwhelmed by the effects of cannabis, which increased the heart rate and panic attacks.
However, due to new research, we have found extensive evidence which proves the opposite effect of cannabinoids. Patients who received the CDB treatment significantly reduced the psychotic symptoms and improved their mental condition. In this case, cannabis compounds had an antipsychotic impact on our body and enhanced the release of dopamine.
Prevents Muscle Spasms
With this type of condition, cannabinoids work as antispasmodic medicines and prevent many severe illnesses. Patients who are suffering from diaphragm spasms often use medical marijuana to treat this condition because they are left with no choice. Diaphragm spasms are untreatable by other prescribed medications.
Reduces Efficacy of Immune System
No one knows the answer to this question. It is too complicated and depends on various factors. Some clinical research indeed found that cannabis has the power to suppress the immune system.
It does this by decreasing the inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to infection. While inflammation has a bad reputation, no human would be able to survive without it. Inflammation traps and isolates the damaged parts of the body and prevents the spread of infection.
We can’t say with certainty that cannabinoids have immunosuppressive effects because this filed requires extensive research.
Blood Sugar Levels Reduction
The American Journal of Medicine published a study that suggests that pot smokers are skinnier than average people and have a healthier metabolism and reaction to sugar. Even though, they end up eating large quantities of food.
In the research, 4,500 adults were analyzed, 579 of whom were current marijuana smokers. One half of the group used the weed in the past, while the other half of respondents never used drugs. When they measured their blood-sugar level and the hormone insulin, the tests showed that pot users had a healthier response to sugar. In this case, cannabinoids can have anti-diabetic properties as well.
Prevents Nervous System Degeneration
Nerves and specialized cells are known as neurons make nervous system. It transmits signals between different part of the body and neurons in the brain communicate via electrical impulses and neurotransmitters.
These receptors play a significant role in regulating mood, memory, appetite, sleep, inflammation, and have a neuroprotective effect on our brain. They have the potential to protect neurons from damage.
Helps With Psoriasis Treatments
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects all age. It causes the rapid build-up of skin cells. Unfortunately, psoriasis isn’t curable, and it is challenging to control. So far, there has been a lot of attempts to treat this condition, but some of them had severe side-effects.
These properties are one of the reasons why many studies state cannabis might be useful in slowing down the rapid cell growth. Cannabinoids and their receptors might be able to control and limit the production of immature skin cells and act as antipsoriatic on this severe condition.
Reduces Risk of Artery Blockage
Middle-aged and older adults are experiencing the higher levels of heart diseases. There are a lot of factors that influence this condition, poor diet, lack of exercise, obesity and lack of sleep. Cardio-vascular disorders are a common thing nowadays, and even younger people can suffer from stroke and heart attack.
However, cannabis has both a direct and indirect effect on heart diseases, but can it stop them? Well, we aren’t sure, the only thing we can say is that the life choices you make, play the leading role in this process. The marijuana might have the anti-ischemic properties, but you need to lead a healthy life to achieve desired results.
Kills or Slows Bacteria Growth
Doctors and researchers have found another use for cannabinoids. They contain anti-bacterial chemicals for multidrug-resistant bacteria. Five cannabinoids, THC, CBD, CBG, CBC, and CBN have shown excellent results in testing and performed well against bacteria, which were known to be resistant to drugs.
The researchers wanted to know why these compounds were so good at killing bacteria. But, after so many years of research and trial testing, the cannabinoids and their compounds remain a mystery. But, their efficiency showed there is still hope for various treatments and severe bacterial infections.
Inhibits Cell Growth in Tumors/Cancer
Stopping cancer growth and preventing it from spreading is probably the most highlighted ability of cannabinoids. For years, patients have been experimenting with medical marijuana and its healing properties.
Some preliminary studies explored the aggressive brain tumors in mice or cell cultures, and the test results showed that THC and CBD could slow of shrink tumors at the right dose. This fact gave scientists more hope to fight this dangerous condition and to do more research.
On the other hand, these findings don’t necessarily mean anti-proliferative effects on humans. Even though, some people say they were able to cure cancer with cannabis.
Accelerates Bone Growth
Breaking a bone, lying for weeks, and waiting for it to heal properly is a long and tedious process. However, many studies confirm that cannabinoids increase the bone growth and bone density. Thanks to the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids work on receptors CB1 and CB2 and produce bone formations.
A 2009 study concludes that cannabinoid receptors will boost up peak bone mass and bone marrow. This will prevent and heal many illnesses such as osteoporosis. The researchers found that CB1 receptors regulate the peak bone mass through a process called osteoclasts, which means that cannabis can be a powerful bone-stimulant and improve our bone structure.
With so many healing properties, cannabis will be the plant of the future. The compounds it contains, aren’t only beneficial for our body, but also for severe diseases we are fighting every day. As a nation, we still have a long road ahead of us because cannabinoids aren’t accepted everywhere.
But, the majority of the states are fighting to legalize marijuana and provide equal health care for all the residents. So far, we could hear many people talking about cannabis and its healing properties. Unfortunately, they are all resorting to illegal channels.
The vast majority of the population is still skeptical about cannabis application. The cannabis related laws are preventing the scientists from performing more in-depth research, and this is one of the reasons why we don’t have many human patients advocating its use.
But, with more extensive research in this field, we are hoping for things to change.