The feds may not see the light quite yet, but we cannabis lovers are well-aware of the plant’s incredible ability to treat an array of conditions. Apart from the many complex disorders for which weed provides relief: epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, MS, Tourette Syndrome and a host of others, there are several other common conditions from which cannabis users can find immediate relief.
Possibly the most obvious of all benefits is the sleep-inducing quality of cannabis. Given its ability to reduce stress and relax the body, using indicas before bedtime results in much less difficulty falling and staying asleep.
Conversely, those who depend on weed to fall asleep might be prone to suffer from insomnia and sleep disturbances during tolerance breaks.
2. Hormone Imbalance Symptoms
Studies have shown that boosting the levels of endocannabinoids in the body stimulates our cannabinoid receptors which may help to ward off symptoms of menopause and PMS.
As a natural method for reducing hot flashes, night sweats, period cramps, and sexual dysfunction, cannabis can be a phenomenal substitute for risky hormone replacement therapy treatments.
3. Migraines/Tension headaches
A study published in the Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy found medical marijuana to be extremely effective at treating migraines. It was also found that regular cannabis users reported fewer migraines in general, with smoking as the best method for quick migraine relief.
CBD and THC strains are both highly-effective, noting that CBD works well without producing psychoactive effects. Great news for migraine sufferers who need to remain alert throughout the day.
Cannabis smoking or vaping is the quickest way to derive its anti-nausea benefits. Used for decades by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, the cannabinoids found in cannabis have a fast-acting, therapeutic effect in treating nausea.
Referred to as the “munchies,” cannabis will forever be recognized for its ability to induce hunger. Stress often affects the appetite via either emotional eating or lack of desire to eat.
Apparently, it’s those cannabinoids that stimulate hunger and suppress inhibitions about eating. This makes weed a useful tool in the fight against eating disorders as well.
If the current opioid crisis is any indicator, chronic pain and inflammation is a shared experience among many people. Cannabinoids work in conjunction with terpenoids provide a number of therapeutic benefits for the body, especially when it comes to pain relief.
Neuropathy, joint pain, muscle spasms and localized pain are only a few of the conditions that cannabis can bring relief to instantly.
7. Stress and anxiety
The National Institute of Health reported that,
Cannabis and its derivatives have profound effects on a wide variety of behavioral and neural functions… however, epidemiological studies have indicated that the most common self-reported reason for using cannabis is rooted in its ability to reduce feelings of stress, tension, and anxiety.
Our body’s endocannabinoid system may be responsible for regulating our stress and anxiety levels. THC’s similarity to the endocannabinoids naturally released by the body may be the reason why self-medicating with weed works so well to relieve the pressure and tension associated with stress.
Clinical trials that have replaced medications such as Ritalin or Methylphenidate with CBD or THC for ADD patients have shown incredible promise.
According to medicalmarijuana.com, in most cases, THC or CBD binds to our CB1 receptors to produce a calming effect. Symptoms like hyper-impulsivity, panic attacks, depressive tendencies, lack of focused attention, OCD and tics are all successfully treated by using cannabis.
9. Urinary Tract Infections
A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that cannabis could reduce inflammation and urinary frequency which accompanies UTI’s and bladder infections, saying,
Our data indicates that the CB2 receptor is a potential therapeutic target for treatment of painful inflammatory bladder diseases.