16 Incredible Health Benefits of Cannabis - Leaf'd

16 Incredible Health Benefits of Cannabis

by Prudence Rees-Lee
Slows and Stops Cancer Cell Metastasis Researchers experimented on breast cancer cells in the lab that had a high level of Id-1, and treated them with cannabidiol. In fact, the American Association for Cancer Research has found that marijuana actually works to slow down tumor growth in brain, breast, and lungs. Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s THC, the active ingredient present in marijuana, slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a 2006 study led by Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute discovered. THC slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes them. These plaques kill  brain cells, and potentially lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Treats Glaucoma Marijuana can be used to treat glaucoma, which increases pressure in the eyes, injuring the optic nerve and causing loss of vision. According to National Eye Institute, marijuana lowers the pressure inside the eye: “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.” Relieves Arthritis In 2011, researchers reported that cannabis reduces pain and inflammation and promotes sleep, which has been reported to help people with rheumatoid arthritis and insomnia. Controls Epileptic Seizures It has been discovered that THC controlled the seizures by binding the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation. The results were published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Eases the Pain of Multiple Sclerosis and Helps with Balance Marijuana helps stop the neurological effects and muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. “Jody Cory Bloom studied 30 multiple sclerosis patients with painful contractions in their muscles. These patients didn’t respond to other medications, but after smoking marijuana for few days, they reported that they were in less pain. The THC in the marijuana bonds the receptors in the nerves and and muscles to relieve pain.” Helps Veterans Suffering from PTSD Marijuana is approved to treat PTSD in some states in America. Naturally occurring cannabinoids, similar to THC, help control the system that causes fear and anxiety in the body and brain. Reduces Tremors of Parkinson’s Disease Recent studies show that smoking marijuana remarkably reduces pains and tremors and improves sleep for Parkinson’s disease patients. Controls Muscle Spasms Other types of muscle spasms respond to marijuana too. Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s (a natural health practitioner and MD), patient, Chaz, has used medical marijuana to treat this disease where other medications have failed him. Helps Inflammation of Crohn’s Cannabis can cure Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder that causes pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and more. The cannabinoids from cannabis seem to help the gut control bacteria and intestinal function. It also improves IBS and SIBO, which are both inflammation of the bowel and stomach. Lessens Side Effects of Hepatitis C, and Increases Effectiveness of Treatment Treating Hepatitis C infection with  Interferon has severe side effects such as fatigue, nausea, muscle pains, loss of appetite, and depression, which lasts for months. Cannabis helps improve the treatment’s effectiveness. 54% of the Hep C patients who smoked marijuana got their viral levels low, and kept them low, compared to only 8% of the non-smokers. Decreases anxiety In 2010, researchers at Harvard University suggested that some of the marijuana’s benefits may be reduced anxiety, which acts as a sedative in low doses. Protects Brain after a Stroke Research from University of Nottingham shows that cannabis may help protect the brain from damage caused by a stroke by reducing the size of the area affected by the stroke, thereby, reducing inflammation. Helps Reverse the Carcinogenic Effects of Tobacco “In January 2012, a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association showed that marijuana improved lung functions, and increased lung capacity. Researchers looking for risks factors of heart disease, tested on 5,115 young adults, over the period of 20 years, and found out that only pot users showed an increase in lung capacity, compared to the tobacco smokers who lost lung function over time.” Reduces Pain and Nausea from Chemo and Stimulates Appetite One of the most common uses of medical marijuana is for people going through chemotherapy. Cancer patients going through chemo suffer from pain, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. The THC like effects in the Cannabidiol doesn’t cause hallucinations or a “high.” Improves Symptoms of Lupus, and Other Autoimmune Disorders Medical marijuana is used to treat the autoimmune disorder called Systemic Lupus Ertyhematosus, which is the body attacking itself due to a compromised immune system. Cannabidiol reduces pain and inflammation and other symptoms of Lupus and autoimmune disorders. These benefits of medical marijuana are among the countless ways in which it is more of a blessing than a curse. It is not yet legal everywhere, but hopefully, because of its beneficial effects on pain, inflammation, nausea, vision, anxiety, IBS and Crohn’s, cancer, and a host of other autoimmune disorders, marijuana will be the norm, rather than the exception. Since is is both profitable and helpful, let’s hope for the legalization worldwide. And for the business of marijuana to stay in the hands of the public, not BIG PHARMA.
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