6 Health Benefits of Medical Cannabis


Deerfield Litchfield Mokena Morris

Posted on July 8th, 2015 by Greenhouse Staff

There are numerous uses for medical cannabis, with more being discovered all the time. Knowing the health benefits of medical cannabis may help you understand whether or not your condition may make you eligible to use it under state law. This is a short list of some of the most effective health benefits of medical cannabis:

Decreases Nausea and Anxiety

In small doses, the use of medical cannabis has been shown to decrease levels of nausea and anxiety. Cannabis has a calming effect that eases the symptoms of anxieties like panic disorder, social anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For this reason, medical cannabis is also often used to treat depression.

Eases Pain from Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms can be violent, painful, and are often unexpected. Sufferers of chronic muscle spasms can benefit from the effects of medical cannabis. Muscle spasms that occur regularly are often symptoms of ailments such as multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. The medications used commonly to treat these symptoms often have adverse side effects that, for some, outweigh their benefits. Medical cannabis exhibits less side effects than these medications while treating the spasms just as effectively.

Reduces Epileptic Seizures

Certain chemicals in cannabis, called cannabinoids, react with receptors in your brain in different ways. Some of these cannabinoids interact with the CB1 receptors in your brain, which are responsible for regulating excitability as well as relaxation. Cannabis suppresses the CB1 receptors in those who experience seizures to reduce the length and severity of seizures as well as prevent them altogether.

Relieves Arthritis Pain

Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis pain in the forms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and many more. The pain associated with arthritis can include stiffness and pain around joints in the knees, hands, back, and the rest of the body. Cannabis has anti-inflammatory as well as pain-relieving properties that help alleviate the pain associated with several types of arthritis, which is the inflammation of a joint.

Helps Stop Cancer from Spreading

Studies have shown that the use of medical cannabis can actually inhibit the growth of tumors and the spread of cancer for certain types of cancer. Some studies suggest that cannabis may even have the ability to kill cancerous cells.

Helps Your Metabolism

The use of medical cannabis has been linked to increased metabolic rates which make the cells in the body burn energy faster. Some studies even suggest that medical cannabis can help users react to sugar intake in a healthier way.

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