HEALTH BENEFITS OF CANNABIS

  1. It Can Help You Lose Weight: Cannabis helps the body regulate insulin production and manage caloric intake more efficiently.
  2. It Can Regulate and Prevent Diabetes: Cannabis helps regulate body weight and helps regulate insulin production.
  3. It Fights Cancer: Both scientists and the federal government have released a good amount of evidence showing that cannabinoids fight certain types of cancer.
  4. It Can Help Depression: Research shows that cannabis can help with the treatment of depression in some people.
  5. It is Showing Promise in Treating Autism: Like many other high-profile disorders, autism may be a prime target for cannabis-based treatments and some parents are using it to help manage violent mood swings in autistic children.
  6. It Provides a Safer Alternative to Drugs and Alcohol: Cannabis can be harmful if you use it irresponsibly. but it’s nowhere near as destructive as alcohol for example. With wider availability, cannabis can and will become a substance of choice – and likely save a lot of lives (and livers) in the process.
  7. It Helps Regulate Seizures: Using medical cannabis to regulate seizures is another one of the more high-profile findings coming out of medical science. For people with disorders like Epilepsy, cannabis is showing immense promise.
  8. It Can Help Broken Bones Heal Faster: CBD reacts chemically with collagen, spurring along the healing process.
  9. It’s a Treatment for ADHD: For those with serious trouble concentrating, or those who have children suffering from ADD or ADHD, cannabis can be an effective and safer alternative to Ritalin, Adderall and other similar pharmaceuticals.
  10. It Can Help Treat Serious Addictions: Cannabis can be a viable, safer alternative to substances like alcohol and tobacco, and individuals addicted to serious drugs like heroin, opiates, and cocaine, are showing promise in ridding themselves of their addictions through cannabis therapy.
  11. It Treats Glaucoma: One of the first big medical issues that cannabis was shown to effectively treat is Glaucoma. Ingesting cannabis helps lower the pressure in the eyeball, giving patients relief.
  12. It Can Improve Lung Health: Some conditions, including lung cancer and Emphysema, have been shown to regress when cannabis is added to treatment plans.
  13. It Helps Anxiety: For many people, cannabis can help alleviate anxiety disorders.
  14. It Can Slow the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease: Cognitive degeneration is pretty much unavoidable as we age, and Alzheimer’s disease falls under that umbrella. Studies are showing cannabis can slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s, which can lead to longer, richer lives for millions.
  15. It Helps M.S. Patients: Cannabis helps alleviate many of the symptoms associated with Multiple Sclerosis, most notably the tremors, spasms, and pain.
  16. It Can Control Muscle Spasms: We have mentioned M.S. and seizures, but general muscle spasms are an ailment that affects millions. Cannabis can help calm those muscles, stop them from twitching, and deal with the pain associated with spasms.
  17. It Helps Individuals with Eating Disorders: A common use for medical cannabis is to help regulate eating patterns. Whether you eat too much, or too little, cannabis can help and is especially helpful for those suffering from disorders like Bulimia and Anorexia.
  18. It Treats Arthritis: The THC and CBD – as well as other cannabinoids – help sufferers deal with pain, especially when using quality cannabis creams and balms.
  19. It is Helpful for Those with PTSD: Not all PTSD is combat-related; all sorts of traumatic experiences can put that fight-or-flight response into overdrive, and cannabis is an effective medication to address this potentially debilitating issue.
  20. It Can Help Regulate Your Metabolism: We touched on how cannabis helps your body process and deal with food, appetite, and obesity. This plays into how it also helps maintain and regulate your metabolism. That not only means sticking to an ideal weight level but generally being healthier and happier.
  21. It Can Help People with AIDS/HIV: Cannabis cannot directly cure the AIDS virus, but it can and does help those living with it cope. Specifically, cannabis helps those living with AIDS/HIV maintain their diets and handle associated pains and aches.
  22. It is Effective for Treating Nausea: This is a relatively common feeling, and one that is brought on by any number of things. Chemical compounds in cannabis react with brain receptors to regulate feelings of nausea. This is a particular for chemotherapy patients (see #27).
  23. It is an Alternative Treatment for Headaches: Lots of people experience headaches every day and taking the typical medicines – be it acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) – can take its toll on your body, leading to ulcers, liver damage, and other complications. Cannabis offers a natural, safer and more effective treatment.
  24. It Can Treat Certain STDs: Cannabis has been found to be at least somewhat effective in the treatment of a handful of sexually transmitted diseases, including herpes and chlamydia.
  25. It Can Help with Speech Problems: The same way that cannabis helps calm spasms and twitches, those with certain speech problems can benefit from its effects.
  26. It Can Improve Skin Conditions: A quality cannabis topical cream or balm can help with eczema.
  27. It Can Help You Get Through Chemotherapy: Those suffering from cancers and its treatments – like chemotherapy – have found comfort in the soothing effects of cannabis.
  28. It Regulates Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Those living with OCD can use cannabis as a treatment option. CBD, which effectively regulates anxiety to some extent, is the main active ingredient which helps those with OCD get a handle on the disorder and live more functional lives.
  29. It Will Calm Asthma Attacks: Treating attacks has to do with cannabinoid receptors which help control coughing fits as well as the herb’s ability to act as a bronchodilator.
  30. It Can Replace Viagra for Some Men: The research is ongoing, but there is evidence that cannabis can help men overcome ED.
  31. It Can Lower Your Blood Pressure: Smoking and low blood pressure are rarely synonymous. Thankfully there are several other ways to ingest cannabis, which can help with hypertension and other blood pressure issues.
  32. It Can Calm Your Panic Attacks: Calming anxiety is one of cannabis’s more sought-after effects. As a result, it can help people control panic attacks. Of course, it will depend on several physical factors, and what specific strains that are used.
  33. It Can Be Used as a Food Source: Cannabis has been a dietary staple for many civilizations. Hemp has often been cultivated as a source of protein, and even today is used to create protein powders, or seeds can be purchased for consumption.
  34. It Makes for an Attractive Investment: Lots of investors are starting to see the explosive potential in the cannabis industry, and as a result, are investing money into cannabis-based start-ups and businesses. Cannabis capital summits are even popping up, attracting investors and entrepreneurs.
  35. It Can Help Fight Climate Change: When large-scale cannabis farms are into production, it could help curb emissions, and fight climate change. This will happen through a number of ways, from providing more carbon-absorbing plants across vast farmlands, to trading off emission-producing animal farms for greener, cleaner cannabis grows.
  36. It Creates Jobs: The creation of literally tens of thousands of jobs in the wake of legalization in places like Canada and may States is hard to ignore. In an economy that has been in slow-recovery mode since 2009, looking at any opportunity to add more jobs shouldn’t be overlooked.
  37. It Generates Revenue for Schools and Public Health Programs: Instead of having money funnel into the hands of street dealers, legal marijuana markets are putting money to work in local communities through tax revenue. Among other things, marijuana is now supplying millions to schools and public health programs.
  38. Legalizing Cannabis is Getting People Out of Jail: A big point of contention in Canada and the U.S. recently has been the large rate of incarceration, and the amount of money flowing to the prison industrial complex. Legalization is clearing out prisons and freeing up time and resources for law enforcement.
  39. It is Creating New Industries: We mentioned that cannabis is creating a lot of jobs, and that’s because it’s creating new industries which house them. Cultivation, processing, sales outlets – there are numerous facets to the cannabis industry, and as legalization spreads, it will continue to grow.
  40. It Lowers Crime Rates: Yes, making a previously illegal product legal lowers the crime rate – but it goes deeper than that. Numbers show that states in post-legalization status are seeing drops in crime, and perhaps most importantly, violent crime.
  41. It Leads to Safer Roads: Traffic deaths have gone down in Colorado after legalization.
  42. It Makes Law Enforcement Cheaper and Easier: In legalized states and provinces, police no longer need to spend time chasing marijuana offenders, which allows resources to be designated to catching those who have committed more serious crimes.
  43. It Can Keep Your Pets Healthy: Cannabis, in some forms, can make for a healthy supplement for your pets. Animals that are sick, or living with chronic pain, cannabis-based treats can offer some relief.
  44. It Can Help You Have More Pleasant Dreams: Cannabis before bed can make a difference. Particularly those with PTSD, it can also eliminate dreams completely. The reason, it turns out, is that cannabis impacts REM sleep – the part of the cycle during which you dream.
  45. It Can Bring Your Energy Levels up: A lot of people are tired. But a small subset of individuals suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – a disorder that is effectively treated with certain cannabis compounds and strains.
  46. It’ll Help You Sleep: On the flip side, you can use cannabis to help you get to sleep. Again, though, it’ll depend on what specific strains you’re using, and your physical and psychological makeup.
  47. It Can Help You Get Through the Work Day: No matter what kind of job you have, cannabis can probably give you a boost in some way – be it mentally or physically. Cannabis should only be used when safe to do so.
  48. It Can Make You More Productive: If you can get your cannabis regimen just right, productivity could increase significantly. For a lot of people that may be due to the medical benefits gained from cannabis, or the inspiration, or simply because they’re happier.
  49. It Could Make You More Creative: There is still some debate as to how or why this happens, but cannabis does inspire lateral and divergent thinking, an important mindset for innovation and progress.
  50. It Can Protect Your Brain: Scientists are finding that chemical compounds found in cannabis actually help protect our brains.

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