Why is cannabis use surrounded by a lot of hype? Why are medical agencies working so hard to have the herb legalized? A study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2018 — shows marijuana is more than a recreational drug. Medical experts believe cannabis can solve several medical problems encountered today.
Let’s face it. Medical marijuana contains Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) extracts. Once ingested, these substances work like magic and benefit you in more ways than one. With over 2,000 cannabis strains today, marijuana is the go-to herb for treating insomnia, appetite, chronic pain, and mental illness.
So, how do you gain from cannabis use?
1. As a Sleep Aid
Insomnia is real. Statistics show over 30% of the world’s population suffers from the condition. Sleep deprivation, when compounded, leads to depression, stress, anxiety, irritation, loss of productivity, and mood loss. Luckily, the Golden Lemon, the Dragon Punch, and the Purple Headband hybrids — are just but a few strains ideal for eliminating insomnia.
But how do these strains do it? Herbs with a high THC level knock you out faster. Recall, THC induces fatigue which then converts into a deep, restful sleep. However, you should carefully follow the doctor’s instructions when taking the herb.
2. Inducing The “Munchies”
Appetite loss is a pain in the neck for many cancer patients. Recall, chronic pain resulting from such an ailment results in psychological fatigue. Stress and depression then settle in and induce appetite loss. If unchecked, anorexia might result. Surprisingly, hybrids such as the Double Tangie Banana and Purple Crack induce the “munchies”. The THC extract present in cannabis triggers a ghrenlin surge, a hormone responsible for inducing hunger.
3. Chronic Pain Relief
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates over 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. 20 million other Americans suffer from high-impact chronic pain. In short, chronic pain is a reality many people have to endure daily. But what causes chronic pain? Inflammation coupled with disease is the major culprit.
Amazingly, the THC and CBD compounds in marijuana offer pain relief. In fact, they help suppress nerve pain. People suffering from back pain, joint pain, non-migraine headaches, and diabetes benefit too.
4. An Effective Solution to Mental Illness
The human mind is a powerful tool. Regrettably, life becomes unbearable when this vital resource gets impaired by mental illness. As statistics prove, over 450 million people suffer from the condition globally. To make matters worse, stigmatization makes treatment for mental patients a hard nut to crack. Fortunately, cannabis hits you with a stupor you cannot resist — thus making you forget about your worries, momentarily.
The Bottom Line
Medical marijuana is a substance medical practitioners liken to gold given it helps treat a myriad of illnesses. Therefore, to enjoy its benefits, use the herb under medical supervision.