3 Medical Benefits Everyone Should Know About Cannabis


Federal regulatory bodies like the DEA still refer to marijuana as a schedule one drug, emphasizing zero medical benefits. However, through state authority and within the medical community, we’re seeing prescriptions of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Medicinal marijuana prescriptions, in many cases, are being prescribed to help provide relief for those facing serious medical conditions. These conditions are exampled as Alzheimer's disease, ALS, Cancer, Crohn's, and more.

It's important to note that medical cannabis and its substrates are also being prescribed for more common conditions that impact millions of Americans every day.

Here are the 3 potential medicinal marijuana everyone should be aware of.

Improved Sleep

A staggering  35% of all adults are reported by the CDC to have a short sleep duration. The CDC classifies this as a sleep duration of fewer than 7 hours within a 24-hour time span.


What's more concerning are the health implications for inadequate sleep. According to the CDC, short sleepers were more likely to report chronic health conditions such as heart attacks, heart disease, strokes, and even COPD.

 

 

How could THC and CBD help with sleep?

In a 2019 article published in PubMed, we see remarks that previous research does hint to THC/CBD positively impacting sleep quality by decreasing sleep disturbances and decreasing sleep onset latency. Within these trials, diminished sleep and disturbances were considered a secondary condition within these trials. 

Other benefits that were explained to help manage sleep include reducing experienced levels of anxiety, pain, and insomnia have  been reported.

While THC/CBD shows promising signs for those with diminished sleep, further research is suggested before an overarching claim of benefits can be solidified.

Reduced Anxiety

Research indicates that 40 million people are impacted by some sort of anxiety disorder within any given year.

While an individual's symptoms may vary, some experience constant and unsubstantiated worry, the avoidance of social situations, sudden panic attacks, irrational fears, and other notable symptoms.

Here's where THC and CBD might help.

THC in low amounts and CBD at any range have been shown to help reduce anxiety. Many users of Marijuana have indicated relief from symptoms of Agoraphobia, PTSD, and other Anxiety Disorders.

The reduction in symptoms is explained to be enabled through marijuana calming effect, improved relation, and its ability to improve sleep.

Relief from Pain

The CDC released data explaining that more than 20% of U.S adults experience chronic pain. What's more concerning are the implications to those who suffer from long-term pain because it is cited to impact almost all aspects of an individual's life.

This means cardiovascular, mental health, and cognitive functions are at jeopardy.

 Luckily, emerging research is indicating that Cannabis might have the answer chronic pain sufferers are looking for. 

When it comes to treating chronic pain, Cannabis has shown promise when it comes to blocking the detection of painful stimuli and reducing inflammation.

As clinical research continues, compiling evidence points towards a noteworthy reduction in pain. It's even been shown to help with migraines, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic musculoskeletal pain, etc.

This is why 62% of all medical marijuana users are individuals seeking pain relief. In fact, of that 62% of individuals seeking pain relief, 80% of them found it to be extremely helpful.

Summary

Inadequate sleep, anxiety, or chronic pain, can dramatically impact the quality of life and these conditions impact millions of Americans at any given time.

Clinical trials are showing promising evidence that medical use of both THC and CBD can provide relief and improve the user’s quality of life.

The cost of dispensary medical cannabis is expensive and prices are expected to increase. However, home-growing cannabis can be a cheaper and just as effective alternative.

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Resources:

United States Drug Enforcement Administration. (2021). Drug Scheduling. https://www.dea.gov/drug-scheduling

Mayo Clinic Staff. (2019). Medical Marijuana. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy- lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/medical-marijuana/art-20137855

Center For Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Sleep and Sleep Disorders. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/data_statistics.html

Kuhathasan, N, et al. (2019). The Use of Cannabinoids for sleep: A Critical Review. DOI: 10.1037/pha0000285

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (2019). Cannabis

(Marijuana) and Cannabinoids: What You Need To Know. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/h ealth/cannabis-marijuana-and-cannabinoids-what-you-need-to-know

Raypole, C. (2019). Marijuana and Anxiety: It's Complicated. https://www.healthline. com/health/marijuana-and-anxiety

Center For Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Prevalence of Chronic Pain and High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Adults. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/ mm6736a2.htm

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