As the cannabis plant becomes increasingly accepted across the globe, we are beginning to understand more and more about the possible benefits of incorporating cannabis into our lives. From physical ailments like nausea or chronic pain to mental health struggles like depression or anxiety, cannabis consumers have long reported the plant’s ability to bring ease to their symptoms and improve their overall conditions.
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. Here are11 of the most surprising ways cannabis may work in your favour as a consumer:
It May Aid In Weight Loss
The age-old stereotype of the “stoner” is typically accompanied by two key characteristics: laziness and an insatiable bout of the munchies. While certain strains of cannabis show evidence of causing consumers to take in more calories, further research suggests that regular cannabis users tend to have a lower Body Mass Index than the average person who does not use cannabis. This is because of the plant’s ability to regulate insulin production and overall caloric effect.
It May Improve Lung Health
This may seem counterintuitive. Especially since the act of smoking has quite a stigma when it comes to lung health. But researchers believe ingesting cannabis does not have any adverse effects on the lungs — in fact, it may improve lung health.
It Shows Promise In Easing Anxiety
But be careful — while cannabis may cause anxiety in some users, it can decrease anxiety in others. However, this is more specific to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid responsible for the “high” effect of cannabis. CBD seems to have a better track record when it comes to curbing anxiety.
It May Calm & Control Muscle Spasms
As patients with M.S. discover cannabis as a possible solution for their muscle spasms. It becomes applicable to anyone who suffers from muscle spasms unrelated to M.S. Researchers have found that cannabis tends to decrease muscle spasms in patients who struggle with stiff, aching, cramping muscles.
It May Be Effective For Treating Nausea
There are several causes for nausea and/or vomiting, but not too many solutions. However, considerable evidence suggests that regulating the endocannabinoid system with cannabis use may in turn regulate nausea.
It May Soothe Headaches
According to recent studies, cannabis seems to decrease headache and migraine severity by nearly 50%. This would be an ideal alternative to prescription drugs or pills that can have unsavory side effects.
It May Improve Skin Conditions
Cannabis isn’t just for smoking — with the emergence of cannabis topicals and creams, people are beginning to use the plant to rub on pains, aches, and even skin conditions like skin cancer, eczema, or psoriasis.
It May Soothe Chemotherapy Side Effects
Cannabis is useful for patients with cancer to better endure the difficult side effects. Especially from the effects of chemotherapy. Patients who undergo chemotherapy usually experience intense nausea. And the plant has a track record that suggests it may be a useful treatment.
It May Regulate and/or Prevent Diabetes
Keeping in mind that cannabis helps regulate insulin production and control weight, it makes sense why some could see its potential to help patients with diabetes. Consequently, studies revealed the following: cannabis compounds may play a role in controlling blood sugar, lowering BMI, and increasing levels of “good cholesterol.
It May Soothe Panic Attacks
As previously mentioned, cannabis works as an anxiety regulator. Although this can depend on the strain, the dosage, and the person. Keeping that in mind, studies have found that cannabis may soothe panic attack symptoms for those who suffer.
It Can Be Used As A Food Source
Although cannabis isn’t lining the shelves at our grocery stores today. The plant has been used as a food source by several communities throughout history. Hemp has been used as a valuable protein source and is even found as an ingredient in protein powders today.