20 Health benefits of cannabis that everyone should know

20 Health benefits of cannabis that everyone should know
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Cannabis can be found in various forms, and the health benefits of cannabis is ever growing, here Tara Leo of CaliExtractions gives us an insight regarding the diverse benefits of the plant.

Cannabis contains CBD which is a chemical that impacts the brain, making it function better without giving it a high along with THC which has pain relieving properties. Both substances can be extracted and enhanced for use through short path distillation. Users can get the following health benefits of cannabis:

Relief of chronic pain

There are hundreds of chemical compounds in cannabis, many of which are cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have been linked to providing relief of chronic pain due to their chemical makeup. Which is why cannabis’ by-product such as medical cannabis is commonly used for chronic pain relief.

Improves lung capacity

Unlike smoking cigarettes, when smoking cannabis in the form of cannabis your lungs aren’t harmed. In fact, a study found that cannabis actually helps increase the capacity of the lungs rather than cause any harm to it.

Help lose weight

If you look around, you will notice that the avid cannabis user is usually not overweight. That is because cannabis is linked to aiding your body in regulating insulin while managing caloric intake efficiently.

Regulate and prevent diabetes

With its impact on insulin, it only makes sense that cannabis can help regulate and prevent diabetes. Research conducted by the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) has linked cannabis to stabilise blood sugars, lower blood pressure, and improve blood circulation.

Fight cancer

One of the biggest medical benefits of cannabis is its link to fighting cancer. There is a good amount of evidence that shows cannabinoids can help fight cancer or at least certain types of it.

Helps treat depression

Depression is fairly widespread without most people even knowing they have it. The endocannabinoid compounds in cannabis can help in stabilising moods which can ease depression.

Shows promise in autism treatment

Cannabis is known to calm users down and control their mood. It can help children with autism that experience frequent violent mood swings control it.

Regulate seizures

Research conducted on CBD has shown that it can help control seizures. There are ongoing studies to determine the effect cannabis has on individuals with epilepsy.

Mend bones

Cannabidiol has been linked to helping heal broken bones, quickening the process. According to Bone Research Laboratory in Tel Aviv, it also helps strengthen the bone in the process of healing. This makes it tougher for the bone to break in the future.

Helps with ADHD/ADD

Individuals with ADHD and ADD have trouble focusing on tasks at hand. They tend to have problems with cognitive performance and concentration. Cannabis has shown promise in promoting focus and helping individuals with ADHD/ADD. It is also considered a safer alternative to Adderall and Ritalin.

Treatment for glaucoma

Glaucoma leads to additional pressure on the eyeball which is painful for individuals with the disorder. Cannabis can help reduce the pressure applied on the eyeball providing some temporary relief to individuals with glaucoma.

Alleviate anxiety

While Cannabis is commonly known to cause anxiety, there is a way around that. Taken in monitored dosage and in the proper way, cannabis can help alleviate anxiety and calm users down.

Slow development of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is one of many that is caused by cognitive degeneration. As we age, cognitive degeneration is almost unavoidable. Cannabis’s endocannabinoid contains anti-inflammatories that fight the brain inflammation that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.

Deal with pain linked to arthritis

Cannabis is now commonly found as creams and balms which are used by individuals that have arthritis. Both THC and CBD help sufferers deal with the pain.

Helps with PTSD symptoms

PTSD doesn’t just affect veterans but any individual that goes through a trauma. As cannabis is legalised the impact it has on helping treat individuals with PTSD is being studied. Cannabis helps control the fight or flight response, preventing it from going into overdrive.

Helps provide relief to individuals with multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis can be painful, and cannabis is known to provide relief for it. Multiple sclerosis leads to painful muscle contractions and cannabis can help reduce that pain.

Reduces side effects linked to hepatitis C and increase the effectiveness of treatment

The treatment for hepatitis C has numerous side effects that include nausea, fatigue, depression, and muscle aches. These can last for months for some hepatitis C sufferers. Cannabis can help reduce the side effects caused by the treatment while making it more effective at the same time.

Treats inflammatory bowel diseases

Individuals with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can find some relief with the use of cannabis. THC and cannabidiol are known to help enhance immune response while also interact with cells that play a vital role in the functioning of the gut. Cannabis helps block off bacteria and other compounds that cause inflammation in the intestines.

Helps with tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease

For those that have Parkinson’s disease cannabis can help reduce tremors and pain while also helping promote sleep. It has also shown to improve motor skills in patients.

Helps with alcoholism

Another one of the many health benefits of cannabis is that there is no doubt cannabis is much safer than alcohol. While it may not be 100% risk-free, it can be a smarter way to curb alcoholism by substituting it with cannabis.

Tara Leo
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  1. It’s great you mentioned that cannabis helps to deal with arthritis. Years ago, my dad had an injury that left him with arthritis, so he has been depressed because he can’t use his workshop tools. We will consider talking to him about CBD and how it can help lessen the pain.

  2. Is there any body here that uses the thc for chronic back pain and nerve pain .
    What is your thoughts and experiences with this .
    I am going through a bad spell at the moment and really need to find some thing to help me with my daily chronic pain levels .

  3. I have same issue with spine pain. A topical 1:1 THC and CBD will help, however finding a strain of Cannabis with this 1:1 or near it in almost equal amounts of each works best for me. I like the tincture or vape because I can micro control my dosages. It doesn’t take much and I don’t feel I’m loosing my faculties, but the pain is relieved. Hope this helps.

  4. This is the biggest load of bulshit ive ever read. Like anti-vaccine type stuff. If you type in benefits of mar you get this site. If you type dangers of of smoking it for instance on more credible site (lung.org) by inhaling burning leaves you get in smoke which is bad for lungs(duhhhhh) also contains carcinogens. They say it is good for lungs?(are you already high? Get medical stuf from medical journals not this trash that contains deadly advice. Misinformation on the net is shocking.

    • This is a medical journal. I agree with you that the amount of misleading information on the internet is disheartening. What poses as an increase to this problem are the great number of individuals whose intelligence level may be considered sub-par or inadequate, commenting in poor grammar and using incorrect spelling on posts. Sincerely and respectfully, a well educated pothead.

    • I’d would like to respectfully disagree with you. My father was diagnosed with emphysema a long time ago and at night when he would try to sleep he would struggle to breathe. He would sit up and start coughing and while coughing he would loose his ability to breathe in as well as breathe out until he would almost loose consciousness. The breathing treatments he is on to help this was not working as much as the doctor had hoped for. He told my father about these clinical trials that were testing how marijuana helps with different lung diseases and suggested my father give medical marijuana a “test run.” He wrote him a prescription for a certain type and instructed he use it right before he did his last breathing treatment before bed. Believe it or not it actually helped tremendously. My father says it makes him “cough up stuff” and that before it he couldn’t even breathe in deep enough to try. He seems to think it helps his ability take deep breaths and therefore his breathing treatment medicine can get to more of his lungs to do its job. He no longer wakes up coughing at night and within a few days he had so much more energy and his complexion went from looking as if he would die to looking rested and normal. It has saved his life. Yes, obviously there are going to be down sides to smoking marijuana. It could be different for each person but for my dad, the benefits of adding this to his treatment have more than outweighed the negative. His doctor swears that nearly all negative side effects people have experienced were from heavy long term use and even then they were not likely to be a noticable hindrance to the patient or found worrisome enough for a physician to stop the treatment. Anyway, I’ve seen it help my dad and I haven’t met anyone or read very many stories from people who have had extremely life altering negative experiences so I have no reason to condemn it or protest its legalization.

      • Awesome! Thanks for posting this. I’m happy for your dad to have found something that helps. There are side effects to everything. Good and bad with everything. If you weigh your options and find that cannabis helps YOU, more than standard western medicine, it doesn’t matter what a stranger thinks. I trust science and history. Historically, natural alternatives have been used, trusted and effective. Modern medicine seems to discredit so much of what history proved to be helpful and healthy. Modern medicine is incredible. But we don’t have to be all meds or all homeopathic. More gray! Less black and white.

  5. My brother and I are Vietnam war vets. I have been diagnosed with early stages of glaucoma. My brother has cancer, where is the best place for us to seek treatment, and the proper measures of intake of CBD and THC?

  6. I have had allergies since I was in high school. When I smoke weed, I don’t even need to use my inhaler for a few days. And afterwards, unless it’s a vape pen, I rarely have ANY trouble. The wax or oil in the pens stick to the inside of my trachea and cause the wheeze. While still effective, I don’t like to feel constricted in my chest or throat. Smoking pure flower brings almost instant relief, likely due to it’s anti-inflammatory qualities, as well. But, all things in moderation, because resin can build up in your trachea and make you a little wheezy. But, it doesn’t last more than a few minutes to maybe an couple hours, even of you smoke heavily. I sing, I excercise regularly, have really good skin and I don’t have the discomfort some people associate with it. Plus, I’m educated, I have a great job, I’m in a good loving relationship and am a veteran. All these people saying weed is so bad for you probably had a bad experience or are just not as educated on it as they’d like to claim. Cannabis is wonderful tool as medicine, for fun and relaxation. Just be a responsible adult about it.

  7. Hi from sierra leone west Africa we have 10s of thousands of tons wasted here same time the government rade some base and take all the cannabis to burn them.
    So what i am trying know is to get the license from the government to ship it to other countries.
    Here in sierra leone it is not legal but people can take as much as you can, at night you can stand every where and smoke it.

  8. Yes I have used it before when I had a back pain. Up to now am still using it. Just put a small amount in the cup of boiled water and drink it

  9. I did not know that st8udies have shown that smoking cannabis can increase the capacity of the lungs. My friend told me that he hasn’t been able to lose weight even though he has been going to the gym for several months. I will suggest to him to try cannabis to see if he can lose weight quicker.

  10. Very informative. Before reading this article I supposed that marijuana is a drug and bad for health but after reading this, finally conclude that marijuana helps a lot if taken in a limited manner

  11. Loved your article!

    Well, I had given up on antidepressants some months ago, kept seeing my therapist a bit more so he made sure I was ok, kept smoking weed, doing exercise, working, reading, as always… what the herb had to teach me at that particular moment in time was not easy, but transient as everything. But I feel I have learned many useful things and keep improving day by day. Came to realize a “bad” trip at the end of the day is always “good”, in the sense that you always dig some wisdom out of it, likewise out of the pleasant trips…

    Well, at least that’s a bit how I experience it 😛


  12. Here is some useful information you didn’t cover, cannabis can help people with eating disorders like anorexia, it is well known that one of the common effects of cannabis is that it can make you hungry, it’s called “the munchies” lol. To add to that, in landrace cannabis strains, a different compound is present called thcv, which has the opposite effect, it is a hunger suppressant. Therefore, cannabis could be used to treat obesity and eating disorders on the opposite end of the scale. When cannabis is legalized WORLDWIDE, the planet will benefit greatly, mentally spiritually and physically. It is a crime to keep medicine illegal, especially a medicine as diverse as cannabis is, with all it’s different potential benefits for people with different illnesses. Furthermore, the health of the planet will increase because more people will be planting trees! I’m not going to get started on the benefit to the economy because the monetary system is just a method of human enslavement. Peace!

  13. i am a teen from Nigeria,and i smoke weed to get inspirations…..but a lot of people oppose weed here in my country but i still dont give a f*ck….hahahahaha………..i love weed and weed loves me

  14. Helps to stimulate hormones involved in reminding a person that you don’t have to miss the three basic meals of the day. Breakfast🍞, lunch 🍟and supper🍰

    • Well am not really sure if its healthy but you can even pop it in popcorns or bake it in cakes …. but you should try to limit when you eat because you may go Nuts for some days

      • Hi KA, Can you explain your comment, please? Are you saying that edibles are more powerful than smoking? I am researching medical cannabis and don’t want to smoke/vape. Your comment is concerning.

        • Yes I think so. When cooked,eaten fresh or consumed other than smoking,it’s more effective and the feeling last longer. The only difference I see is that smoking it gives you instant reaction while consuming it takes a bit of time maybe 30minutes more or less depending on d individual but once the feeling comes,it last longer because I guess consumed ones go treat to the blood. I am not a medical student but this is my experience


  16. With such great and amazing medical benefits for human health, why is marijuana out restricted by law in most countries? People growing Sativa are either arrested or their Cannabis sativa gardens are uprooted. Besides, those doing commercial business with it
    are arrested, charged and slapped with tough long sentences. Is there any way out of this legal restriction?

  17. Thanks for sharing this wonderful and informative information. One of my friend is suffering from arthritis and last year he stated using CBD oil (of-course suggest by his Doctor). And he is clamming relief and reduced pain. It helped him so I can say it have some health benefits. But I highly suggest to consult your physician/Doctor.

  18. U guyz wouldn’t believe that when I started smoking weed all the thingz that I have done back in those days that I have even forgotten that I have done such, all started pupping out and I love that it helps me in many ways
    And thanks for spreading this vital information

  19. It’s just aggravating that no REAL research has been done about the consumption of cannabis. Everything appears to be anecdotal. I started vaporizing flower in a volcano quite recently for the first time in my entire life, and I LOOOOVED it. I’m in my 30’s and people kept scaring me that It was going to fuck up my hormones, lungs, testosterone, circulation, blood pressure, hair loss, etc etc etc. I just stopped. But I would love real answers from real research.

  20. Hey!
    Anyone out there tell me use of cannabis plant /leaves, besides smoking it(i don’t smoke) …
    i hv acres of cannabis plants(growing wild) i would be happy if i can use it for earning some money!


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