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How Cannabis Can Make You Healthier

For centuries, cannabis plant or hemp has been an important food source and industrial product in many cultures, with its fiber being used in a wide variety of products—from paper and textiles to cordage and jewelry. Humanity’s use of the plant as a recreational psychoactive product and more importantly, as medicine, most likely coincides with its use as source of nutrition. Records show that numerous medicinal traditions, including those of prehistoric Europe, ancient Egypt, ancient India, ancient China, ancient Greece, and the medieval Islamic world have all used cannabis to treat numerous ailments of the human body.

These days, many scientific studies are being conducted to investigate the various apparent health benefits of cannabis. Anecdotal accounts of the positive effects of medical marijuana has been around for ages, and many a research work have also been done to look into the plant’s purported benefits. Nevertheless, there are still just quite a few of these well-known therapeutic benefits that truly stand out from the others because of the wide body of evidence that support them.

If you’re one of those people who’ll do anything for a toke, a bite of a cannabis brownie, or a dose of CBD oil, you’re sure to love this list of ways cannabis can make you healthier.

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Cannabis Helps with Chronic Pain

Among the different therapeutic uses of medical marijuana, the one it is most known for is for the treatment of chronic pain. It has been widely studied for its positive effects on pain, such as those caused by multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and cancer. Cannabis is currently approved in Canada and in many European countries for the treatment of various pain conditions. 

Cannabis Provides Relief for Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an incapacitating disease that affects the brain and the spinal cord. This autoimmune disorder causes a person’s immune system to attack the nerves’ protective covering, thus causing symptoms like nerve pain, muscle spasms, and urinary incontinence. Research has shown that medical marijuana positively affects the central nervous system and the immune cells, providing relief to patients experiencing this condition. In fact, nabiximols, a botanical drug derived from cannabis, has been approved for the treatment of MS neuropathic pain and muscle spasticity in countries like the United Kingdom, Spain, and Canada.

Cannabis Eases Nausea in Chemotherapy Patients

Studies have also shown that the cannabinoid compounds derived from medical marijuana is effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in people who are receiving chemotherapy for cancer. In fact, a synthetic cannabinoid compound called dronabinol has even been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.

Cannabis Helps with AIDS-related Anorexia

Although current studies do not really support the use of a cannabis-based therapy as an appetite stimulant for people with cancer, other studies do support its use for AIDS-related anorexia. As a matter of fact, dronabinol has also been approved by the FDA for the treatment of appetite and weight loss in people with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

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Other Health Benefits

Medical marijuana is also being investigated for other possible health benefits, including the prevention of glaucoma, treating atopic dermatitis, treating Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease, decreasing anxiety, and surprisingly, improving lung function.

As with any other medical studies, however, all initial research that investigates the possible positive effects of medical marijuana need to be corroborated by more studies to continue to understand better how cannabis helps people and their health conditions. Until then—and until marijuana use becomes more widely legalized for medical use—we have to rely on the short list of medical studies that exists today and on the current body of knowledge available to us.