Marijuana became legal in 2012 and since then it has been the most talked about product of the 21st century. Marijuana has come under the spotlight not just for its recreational use but because of the several health benefits that the herb provides and the relief that it gives people with different health conditions. It has also become a topic of conversation because of the industry that has sprung up since legalization, with so many stores such as Smoke Cartel selling related products like vaporizers, which can be seen over here. Vaporizing is when a substance changes into vapour or into a gaseous state and vaporizing marijuana and marijuana in general is not something highlighted in the media so the health benefits aren’t something that most people are familiar with. If you are one of these people who are unfamiliar with the benefits of marijuana, here are some:
Marijuana helps with pain relief because it contains cannabinoids which have been linked to pain relief. The secret to the pain relief is the THC and CBD that acts as an anti-inflammatory. One of the healthier methods of getting marijuana into your system to through a process called vaping which is also the quickest way to get CBD into your system. Vaping does not harm your lungs or your throat so it is an ideal way to get marijuana into your system and is less harsh than smoking which creates harmful toxins and carcinogens.
Just be careful when vaping because you can easily inhale a higher concentration needed.
Marijuana does not only help with physical pain, it helps treat many other health conditions such as:
There are many medications available that are made from the marijuana plant. Some of these medications include:
Marijuana has also been suggested to help with cognition aka perception or discernment. Patients with medical conditions who use marijuana to treat their symptoms may see an increase in brain function. In 2018 there was a study administered on medical marijuana users with different medical conditions such as anxiety, pain, sleep disorders and gastrointestinal problems. Each patient took marijuana via their preferred method of smoking, eating or topically and after 3 months of treatment, taking 1 or 2 doses a week to multiple doses a day, it was observed that their brains had more activity in the prefrontal cortex which is the area of the brain associated with cognition, decision making and executive function. An increase in task performance was also observed.
Another study in 2011 on 34 recreational users of marijuana found that those who started using marijuana before 16 years old had the worst cognitive test performance and they smoked 2 times more than other users. This study shows that recreational use of marijuana is not beneficial to your brain health.
THC is the component in marijuana that makes you high and from 1995-2014, the THC content in recreational marijuana has increased to 12% from 4%. On the other hand, CBD in the weed we find today is barely at 0.15%. Avoid smoking too much marijuana recreationally.
Marijuana also helps with various mental conditions. The endocannabinoid compound in cannabis helps stabilise moods which eases depression and if taken in moderate doses, it can also help calm users and alleviate anxiety. With PTSD patients, it is found that cannabis controls the fight or flight response in our brains. To get cannabis for the above reasons, you need to have a license.
You doctor need to administer your dosage because if taken incorrectly, you may trigger these conditions instead treating them.
Some side effects of medical marijuana include:
Make sure not to smoke during your teenage years as it might interfere with brain development.