Beyond all kinds of political discussions or user rights, seeing cannabis as a medicine can bring (and even change) the direction of the public debate on the legalization of this plant. People could benefit greatly from this plant and here are examples:
1. It can stop the advance of HIV in the body
It was found that THC, active ingredient of cannabis, prevented the advance of HIV in apes. The apes that received doses of THC had, in addition, higher levels of healthy cells.
2. Delays the progress of Alzheimer’s
A 2006 study showed that marijuana can block the enzyme responsible for advancing Alzheimer’s, as well as preventing protein clots from inhibiting attention and memory.
3. Delays the advance of cancer cells
The 2012 study found that a marijuana compound “can stop metastasis in some aggressive cancers.” It was also found that certain non-psychoactive cannabinoids “caused the simultaneous cessation” of the progression of the leukemia cancer cells “in all phases of the cell cycle”. Doctors in the UK are already using compounds made from marijuana to kill cancer cells in leukemia patients.
4. Excellent analgesic
The anti-inflammatory properties of marijuana have proven to be effective in cases of multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and migraine. Its effects are hundreds of times more powerful than those of an aspirin.
5. Can prevent or help treat opiate addiction
In addition to doing the same (but better); you can alleviate addiction or dependence on opiate-based medications, without including their addictive qualities.
6. Can combat depression and anxiety
A 2005 study showed that “those who use marijuana occasionally or even daily have lower levels of depressive symptoms than those who have never tried marijuana. In small doses they can even relieve some anxiety symptoms.
7. Helps treat epilepsy and Tourette’s syndrome
Last December; the US FDA authorized the use of marijuana to investigate a treatment for childhood epilepsy. Other research showed that it relieves the symptoms of Tourette syndrome.
8. It has neuroprotective properties
The neuroprotective qualities of marijuana can limit neuronal damage after suffering a heart attack or a severe blow to the head.
9. Can treat blindness caused by glaucoma
By reducing the pressure inside the eye, cannabis treats blindness in glaucoma patients. Patients can benefit from this property by consuming marijuana orally, intravenously and by inhalation.
10. It is associated with lower levels of insulin in diabetics
In a study conducted at Harvard between 2005 and 2010, marijuana users were found to metabolize carbohydrates better than nonusers, which caused their insulin levels to remain 16% lower than those of someone who had never used marijuana. Diabetes can have a heavy financial toll, as well. Check out the family money site for some possible solutions.
11. Bonus track: it is a powerful aphrodisiac
Not only does it allow us to broaden our sensory spectrum while we have relationships, but it allows us to relax and produce a better blood flow, at a time when we need optimal blood supply, in addition to promoting the release of oxytocin.
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