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by Olivier on 21/05/2018 | Medicinal

10 fantastic benefits of cannabis

Benefits of cannabis In the 19th century, everyone had cannabinoids available in their medicine chests. What followed were decades of repression, fuelled by racist propaganda and lobbying. However, the world is on the brink of rediscovering cannabis as a medicine. Whether taken to combat pain, loss of appetite or inflammation, cannabis relieves the symptoms of many ailments.


Big, blond, super-fit and with a piercing stare from ice-blue eyes – Kyle Turley is a picture-book athlete. But appearances can be deceptive, because like many other professional athletes, he suffers from a range of health issues, such as headaches, depression, concussion and sleep disorders. For many years, he tried to manage these problems with a mix of painkillers and psychiatric drugs. With zero success.

Things only started to improve when he stopped taking all his medications and started on marijuana. “It saved my life,” says Turley in the magazine Men’s Journal. More and more people are reporting the same experiences as him. They are turning to nature rather than chemicals. There is one definite advantage: you can use cannabis for many years without damaging your organs. Even the lungs are not harmed by daily usage. This has been confirmed by a study by the University of California, carried out among a group of 5000 adults over 20 years.

But of course, all that glistens is not gold, and this applies to cannabis, too. We recently reported on Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome. Using cannabis undeniably carries a certain risk.

Nevertheless, there is virtually no other medication that can be used for so many ailments. Here, we focus on ten fantastic benefits of cannabis.

1. Cannabis combats pain

The photo shows the lower body of a man in a gym. The man’s knee is red and he is holding it in both hands.

Countless patient reports and studies confirm the pain-relieving properties of cannabis. Definitive evidence that cannabinoids are effective in treating chronic pain comes in a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. It is based on one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted into cannabis.

Most people take medicinal marijuana as pain-relief. In particular, patients suffering from cancer, migraines or multiple sclerosis (MS) report positive experiences.

2. Cannabis alleviates nausea and stimulates the appetite

Portrait of a young woman looking up mischievously as she eats something with a fork. From the background, she appears to be sitting in a restaurant.

“You can grow old with HIV.” That was the message of the World Aids Day in 2017. Yet even the most successful antiretroviral therapy comes with a series of unpleasant side effects. These include nausea and changes in appetite.

Various surveys and studies confirm what anecdotal evidence has long suggested: Cannabis is proving to be extremely effective in the treatment of several HIV symptoms and side-effects.

3. Cannabis can replace opiates

Tablets in all shapes, colours and sizes are depicted against a white background.

The USA is currently afflicted by the biggest drugs epidemic in its history. Every day, almost 150 people die from an overdose of opioids such as heroin or fentanyl. And there is no end in sight.

Medicinal cannabis offers a glimmer of hope. It can reduce the need for opiate-based painkillers. For many addicts, cannabis also alleviates withdrawal symptoms.

4. Cannabis defies dementia and slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s

On the right of the image is a doctor. She is holding up ultrasound images showing the cross-section of a brain.

Even very low quantities of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can slow down, and even halt Alzheimer’s. The most common cannabinoids have long been purported to have neuroprotective properties. Because Alzheimer’s is associated with inflammation in the immune system, cannabidiol (CBD) also plays a part in its treatment.

Researcher Gary Wenk’s statement caused huge furore. He is of the opinion that young adults can best protect themselves against dementia by consuming “a pinch of marijuana every day”. Indeed, more and more people are discovering the benefits of micro-doses.

5. Cannabis eases inflammation

Graphic of a man, showing his upper body and head from behind. Red-coloured muscles in the shoulder section are clearly visible. The man is touching his shoulder with his left hand.

Naturopaths have been using marijuana to treat inflammation for thousands of years. The British company GW Pharmaceutical developed Sativex on the back of various pieces of research. This cannabis-based mouth spray has been successfully used in the treatment of painful muscular cramps that can be triggered by multiple sclerosis.

Asthma patients also benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis. In this context, the pain relief and antibiotic properties of the cannabis plant have been well documented.

6. Cannabis is effective against sleep disorders and nightmares

Photo of a woman lying in bed looking anxiously at an alarm clock in front of her.

We all suffer from insomnia from time to time, counting flocks of sheep and still being unable to fall asleep. Occasional insomnia is part of life, but when sleep disorders become chronic, they soon cause problems for the person affected. Many resort to sleeping tablets which, while effective, are controversial, mainly because people can become dependent on them.

Dr Michael Moskowitz, psychiatrist and scientific author, prefers to prescribe his patients a plant-based alternative. “I’d prefer to have someone on a high THC tincture at night rather than Lunesta, Ambien or any such hypnotic sleeping pill. Cannabis is the best sleep medicine that I have ever used on patients.”

PTSD patients (PTSD = Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) also report positive effects in alleviating nightmares.

7. Cannabis reduces the frequency of tics in Tourette’s patients

Photo of a table containing a tablet, a mobile phone, a stethoscope, some pills and two bottles. On the tablet are the words “Tourette Syndrome”, while the mobile phone shows the outline of a person.

Tourette syndrome is a neuropsychiatric disorder that manifests itself in physical and vocal tics. It typifies itself in socially unacceptable comments, which can be very awkward for the person affected.

Several studies confirm the effectiveness of cannabis in Tourette’s patients. In addition to reducing the frequency of tics, it is notable for its capacity to reduce anxiety and aid sleep.

8. Cannabis helps Parkinson’s patients in many respects

The photo shows the hand of an older person being touched by two other hands. The white sleeves and a stethoscope indicate that this is a medical examination.

Parkinson’s occurs when the nerve cells in a certain part of the brain die off. After Alzheimer’s, it is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. Parkinson’s initially affects motor skills, followed by mental and psychological symptoms such as dementia and depression.

Cannabis is a blessing for many Parkinson’s patients. They feel fitter and happier, and suffer less from tremors (shaking) as well as stiffness.

See for yourself what cannabis is capable of:

9. Cannabis relieves cramps

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Anyone interested in the medicinal potential of cannabis will inevitably come across the story of Charlotte Figi. It is the story of a young girl who, thanks to a CBD-rich cannabis strain, was able to manage her epileptic attacks.

The anti-convulsive properties of cannabis have long been known. The first scientific references to this date back to 1947. The precise mechanism behind this is still a subject of research.

10. Cannabis reduces intraocular pressure

Close-up of a wide-open eye with a green-blue-yellowish iris.

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases that in extreme cases can lead to blindness. Increased pressure in the eye is in many cases a deciding risk factor.

Cannabis-based eye drops with the name Canasol offer a remedy.  An exceptionally perfidious type of glaucoma, known as angle-closure glaucoma, is coupled with strong pain in the eyeball. The broad effectiveness of cannabis as a painkiller, muscle relaxant and mood enhancer improves the situation of many patients.

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petter radja

you guys in the leading Cannabis-World,have had me convinced,for a Looong time allready-this is just more good News,anVd,for crying out loud-Should take over the World of Pharmaceuticals,and Reach the mainstream media...but,it seems that everybody is lieing to themselvses,...i would wish that everybody would get their head out of their ass-and see Things,as they clearly are…)!...keep up the fantastic work,and that goes out to ALL,who is a part of the Research,of this wonderful plant,Love you guys…)… X …)...

11/06/2018

Michele D Giavotella

So well said....AWESOME....

19/06/2018

A

Good morning, hope you're all ok.
What a good article!
You might be interested to know that Nicholas Culpepper wrote of Cannabis quite recently (1653):
"This is so well known to every good housewife in the country, that I shall not need to write any description of it."
But for me, its anti-spasmodic properties are the most life saving - it stops my epilepsy 😀 for which I will be eternally grateful.
Best, A

11/06/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi A,

Thanks for your comment, and for sharing that information! I can't help wishing that Nicholas Culpeper had written more about cannabis, it would be fascinating to know more about what he thought about it and exactly what all the good housewives used it for!

I hope you continue to enjoy the blog,

With best wishes,

Scarlet

11/06/2018

mary

i am nearly 60 and have been learning so much about the benefits of this wonderful plant that should be available for everyone who needs it,keep doing the great work,

11/06/2018

Carl

Just over 2 yrs ago I had a brain haemorrhage that went undiagnosed for a week
I kept being told it was migraine
Luckily my better half is a nurse and after my 4th visit to the GP she refused to leave his office until he’d arranged a scan for me
He did, they found the bleed
Anyway, back to my point
For that week I had a horrendous headache so was smoking quite a lot of weed to help with the pain and try to get some sleep
My specialist told me later that he’s firmly of the belief that the cannabis helped save my life due to it lowering my blood pressure
Handy when you’re walking around with a brain haemorrhage
That and the missus refusing to take no for an answer too
Natures medicine for a multitude of ailments 👍

11/06/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Carl,

Thank you for your comment and for sharing your experience, that's really amazing and I'm very glad that your specialist was so honest about cannabis helping to save your life! I hope your health is good now and that you and your better half continue to enjoy the blog.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

12/06/2018

Stephen Paton

Great account of what can be done using a simple plant for the good of the people, if only opened minded people like yourselves were listened to by politicians, and people in power, hopefully our day will come, keep up this amazing work and craft

12/06/2018

Michele D Giavotella

Today a friend had posted on facebook a list of prescription medicines that cannibis could replace...I saw one of which my daughters doctor had prescribed.."Zoloft" and a few others. I am prescribed xanax and would much rather smoke a joint than this because it is natural. I cannot take any antidepressants whatsoever because of the horrible side effects they have..anyhow..my daughter is taking wellbutrin, effexor,and atarax..she has been diagnosed with OCD,Major depression and body dismorphic disorder. I so hate all of these meds she has to take...it takes a while to find the right combo..she was just switched to effexor in place of paxil..havent started this combo yet..today..and im truly worried..She is fifteen,has suicidal thoughts...she is absolutely beautiful. .and im not just saying that because shes my daughter..she has been bullied at school because she is so pretty..and on and on...I am 49,a single mother ..and Ya know I told a friemd the other day..Id rather for her to be able to smoke some medicinal cannibus..have that prescribed instead of all this crap she is taking..Ifirmly believe that would cure her...I just had to put in my two cents i guess. So ready to throw my hands up and say its ok ya know...she has done it with a friend a few times and told me it helped her...and...I BELEIVE HER. But of course like you say..some are not as open minded as we'd like them to be. ZOLOFT made my daughter so suicidal she cutthe inside of her arm from wrist to bend of her arm with a razor the day after coming home from a suicide prevention center who put her on the zoloft the 2nd day and upped it twice within 9 days from 100mg to 300mg and 25mg. To 100mg,. Of trazadone at night..I hope they legalize this soon where i live cuz i swear id much rather her do that then all these meds..Of course Id want it to be controlled by her doc and prescribed...but i dont think Im alone on this. Its hard fo see your kids go thru something so hard and not know how to help...ya try and try ,sorry..I guess I needed to get that out. Sincerely..M..

19/06/2018

Weedly

Superb and Informative Content you have written on Cannabis. The Cannabis Light Shared the great benefits I love reading it. Thanks for sharing the great Knowledge with us. Keep sharing the another blog. All the Best !!

05/09/2018

Sharon Wilson-Smith

You got my attention when you said that cannabis can help you with your sleeping problem if you're condition is chronic and is affecting your life. My insomnia has been giving me difficult problems at work because I couldn't focus on my job due to sleep deprivation. I wanted to have a normal life and be productive at work again, so I will make sure to register in myself to use medical cannabis. Thanks!

20/09/2018

Julia green

Thank you for the website and info. Anxiously looking forward to a time when cannabis is easy to obtain, even grow without fear of arrest. Its the government and those with the most money who repressed this in the first place, and killing daily with alcohol products. Onward Cannabis.............

27/09/2018

Samfranklin

Thanks for sharing 10 fantastic benefits of cannabis. I have taken a cannabis form Medmen it really helps me out to make my normal life and work more productively.

Keep sharing another blog!!!

09/10/2018

Auto Feminized Seeds

Amazing! Cannabis is really an amazing plant, it has a lot of health benefits. This article is really informative and reading.

08/11/2018

Dave Oakley

I have a Rare condition called, (Syringelmyelia) with added complication with the "Syrinx" that's described as having Buffet Sausages, segments, these segments effect my Syrinx from C2 to T5 Vertebrae, I also suffer from Brachial plexus damage in my Left Arm, Severely damaged Left knee Muscles, Tendon damage, also I suffer from Arthritis in my Right knee, the Medications I take 4 time's daily including, Gabapentin 300mg X 3, Oxycodone (Long-Tec )

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