In today’s world, cannabis is being reevaluated on a legal and cultural level after it’s long been considered illegal.
According to recent findings, most Americans are supportive of the legalization of cannabis for recreational or medical use.
With this in mind, many states have legalized cannabis use for these purposes. But, some researchers and lawmakers need more scientific data that supports its benefits.
In addition to the need for additional research, there are also some worries about cannabis’s risk outweighing the benefits, in specific cases.
Below, check out the known health benefits of medical cannabis explained by doctors.
The Best Health Benefits of Medical Cannabis
- Helps alleviate pain
Marijuana contains cannabinoids, active compounds that have pain-relieving properties and change how the brain perceives pain.
This may be of aid for the treatment of chronic health issues such as migraine, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.
Moreover, it can be used for decreasing the side effects of cancer therapies such as reduced appetite.
- Reduces inflammation
The CBD from cannabis may be of aid for the reduction of inflammation. This may be of aid for inflammatory conditions like IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
By lowering the surplus inflammation in the body, we can better our overall health.
- Helpful for mental and neurological disorders
Thanks to the influence it has on the limbic system, cannabis is sometimes prescribed by doctors to alleviate conditions like anxiety, MS, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, PTSD, Tourette’s, etc.
- It may help better the sleep quality
Cannabis has a relaxing effect and may be helpful for people dealing with sleeping issues like insomnia.
Better sleep may also follow after pain reduction from cannabis use.
- Lowers the blood pressure
According to a 2017 study done by JCI Insight, CBD reduced the blood pressure in the participants.
It also lowered their blood pressure after stress tests including an isometric workout, and a cold pressure test.
- Helps with seizures
Decades-long research has found CBD beneficial for people with epilepsy and other seizure-related conditions.
Moreover, a recent study found that cannabis may be of aid in alleviating the symptoms and frequency of seizures.
- It may help in the fight against cancer
CBD studies have not just found CBD helpful to relieve chemotherapy side effects, but studies have also found it beneficial for averting the growth of cancerous cells and inducing their death.
This was achieved in cervical cancer cell lines. It may also reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and strengthen immunity.
- Alleviates intestinal discomfort
In a recent study, CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids were found helpful in averting and relieving GI problems like IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, etc.
CBD also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that contribute to a reduction in the symptoms related to GI disorders.