03 Jul 3 Health Benefits of Medical Cannabis That Most People Don’t Know About
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, seems to be all over the news right now, which means that chances are good you’ve seen some of the proclaimed health benefits and have heard many of the testimonials from people who claim that medical marijuana worked wonders for them, especially when it comes to pain reduction and help with easing the discomfort of their ailments and health problems.
However, and as you would expect, there is at the other end of the spectrum, several states within the United States that consider smoking marijuana an illegal activity and actually jail people for selling it or using it regardless of their medical situation.
There are also media reports about it having negative side effects such as addictions, product impurities, etc. Additionally, at the federal level, cannabis remains a prohibited substance by way of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
However, public opinion continues to grow at a widespread rate as more and more people turn to medical cannabis as a form of pain reduction. In fact, as recently as February 2017, a Quinnipiac poll found national support at 93 percent. And they are not alone! At the time of writing this article, there are currently 29 states that allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes, plus the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
While this article will not go into the legalities of medical marijuana, which is a quagmire of indecision and special interest lobbying, it will explain 3 medical benefits of marijuana which will no doubt be eye-opening.
As for the side effects, if medical marijuana is used correctly, it can and will safely bring immense pain relief. And you’ll not end up addicted it, unlike the more mainstream prescription drugs that are traditionally prescribed by doctors on a daily basis for pain reduction/numbing purposes. .
The fact of the matter is, marijuana has many different and wonderful medicinal properties and can be highly effective and beneficial for pain relief. If you’re living in a place where it’s illegal, you may wish to relocate either temporarily or permanently to a place where it’s legal just so you can enjoy the pain reduction benefits of this wonderful and all natural plant and treat yourself to an alternative to the more harsher and expensive medical drugs.
It may seem unfair that it’s legal in some states, but not in others. However, the unfortunate and hard truth is that life is not fair. If you’re suffering from arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or yor are in a constant state of pain, you’d be better off moving to a state where you can use medical marijuana or cannabis oil to treat your symptoms and safely and effectively experience some pain relief.
3 Key Benefits to Using Medical Cannabis
1. Relieves Chronic Pain
If your joints are in constant pain from arthritis, medical marijuana can bring pain relief. There are even videos on YouTube where medical professionals discuss how chronic pain brought on by arthritis and other health problems are relieved once the patient uses medical marijuana.
Multiple sclerosis is another horrible and painful disease that affects thousands of people. Studies and tests have shown that while almost all methods failed to relieve the pain, a few days of smoking marijuana brought a lot of relief to the patients.
Marijuana has been proven on many people that it has the ability to relieve pain and bring about fast relief. Anyone who is in constant pain would do well to give medical marijuana a try.
2. Prevents Anxiety
Marijuana definitely helps people to relax. This is probably why it has received such a bad rap. People who smoke it often are called “stoners” and other names. Yet, when used properly, marijuana can truly help people suffering from anxiety issues.
It even works for Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When your life is constantly plagued by stress, anxiety disorders, and fear, medical marijuana can be a godsend because it makes up for certain endocannibinoid deficiencies in those suffering from these issues.
Here at Operation Compassionate Care, we take the treatment of Veterans who suffer from PTSD very seriously, and we welcome any federal and state legislation that allows our greatest heroes to receive the quality care and assistance they require and need in helping them to effectively cope with their ailment.
As of today (29 June 2017), there are 19 states that allow the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Those states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Washington.
3. Great for Weight Loss
Forget all the crazy diet pills sold on infomercials that claim to be able to help you drop 20 pounds in 2 days. First of all, that type of rapid weight loss is not healthy for any person at all. And secondly, most of these pills are just hype and never live up to their claims, which explains why there’s a new “miracle diet pill” popping up every other day.
Marijuana, on the other hand, has actually been shown to aid in weight loss. It turns out that research shows that cannabis is a natural appetite suppressant. And common sense will tell you that if you eat less, you’ll lose weight. Most people struggle to cut their calories because they’re always hungry. Marijuana will curb your hunger. So don’t let all those jokes about people that smoke weed needing to eat Twinkies and other junk food concern you, instead focus on the documented medical research, which proves otherwise.
The cannabinoids in marijuana will help to regulate your blood sugar levels too. Most obesity is caused by insulin spikes. When you eat food that’s high in carbohydrates or sugar, the body releases insulin. Since our diets these days are so poor, the majority of people are insulin insensitive.
The body releases more insulin than it should. The end result is that the body stores more fat, and that’s why obesity has become an epidemic and diabetes has affected more people now than ever before. Marijuana will stabilize your blood sugar levels and prevent obesity and make you less likely to get type-2 diabetes.
More Good News in the Future on the Health Benefits of Medical Cannabis
Since marijuana has only been legalized recently, doctors and scientists are still testing and researching the efficacy of this amazing plant. There’s still so much to learn, but from what has been gleaned so far, cannabis just might be the solution to many people’s problems—from Alzheimer’s to even cancer. For now, as the research continues to uncover new discoveries, we’ll just have to wait and see how this miracle of nature transforms our lives.
More about the Mission of Operation Compassionate Care
If you would like more information about what we do here at Operation Compassionate Care in support of our Veterans who suffer from PTSD or would like to assist us in helping to take care and educate our Veterans on how to safely use medical cannabis as a form of therapy and treatment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via our email at info@No2PTSD.org or toll-free phone line at (844) No2-PTSD.
“Nature itself is the best physician.” – Hippocrates