Medicinal cannabis has been used for hundreds of years. No, thousands actually. Humans have used cannabis to treat all sorts of conditions, from something small such as a common headache to something as life-altering as cancer. Simply put, there is certainly at least one or two medical benefits from cannabis that can help you in some sort of way.
In the past few decades, new research on cannabis medical benefits has surfaced and shown us just how much the natural plant can help us. Many states in the US, where all 50 states have historically had a negative outlook on cannabis, have begun to legalize medical cannabis as the benefits unfold. Cannabis is even sold as oil and capsules for those medical patients who cannot smoke. There is really no excuse for not incorporating cannabis into your health routine.
In this post, we will discuss the most common medical benefits given off by cannabis. Not all cannabis comes with each and every benefit, as it varies from strain to strain. Because of this, you may want to look out for certain strains once you understand which strain(s) can help you with your specific condition.
First, The Common Ailments
Most cannabis strains can help treat a number of common health conditions. These can range from pain to nausea to insomnia, and many others. Conditions such as these are the less-serious threats to our bodies, however can occur on a weekly or even daily basis. Treating them with cannabis on the same basis can help treat or even possibly remove these negative conditions altogether.
The number one health condition that cannabis is known to treat is most likely pain. This can be a number of types of pain: chronic pain, joint pain, pain from an accident (like stubbing your toe), and others. This can even be pain in the form of headaches, or even worse, migraines. The next time you feel the onset of pain coming over you, try some cannabis, as it may help you forget all about it.
Cannabis can also be used to help treat anxiety, nausea and fatigue. These ailments, along with pain, can typically be treated with almost any cannabis strain (reminder: I said almost, not all will do the trick). If you live in an area where cannabis is legal and sold locally, most common dispensary strains are great for medicinal use. I advise asking your budtender before making the purchase, however.
In addition to those above, how could we almost forget that cannabis can treat a lack of appetite. I mean, have you ever heard of the munchies? It only takes a small amount of cannabis in your system to trigger this desire to eat. Keep in mind that some strains bring about the munchies better than others; so if you suffer from a lack of appetite, look for those strains that are made to treat that (most likely an indica strain).
Additionally, indica strains are also great at dealing with insomnia. This is for the simple fact that indica strains are known to be best used at night, as effects include calming, relaxation, and sleepiness. Another ailment that cannabis can help with is muscle spasms, whether frequent or infrequent.
More Serious Conditions
Sure, most people suffer from some of those common ailments listed above at some point throughout their lives. Pretty much everyone does. If you can go your entire life without dealing with any pain, headaches, nausea, sleeplessness, lack of appetite, or muscle spasms, please tell me your secrets. I’ll still use cannabis, though.
However, most people do not have to deal with more serious conditions to our health as some do. Some must face life-threatening conditions that need treatment, some possibly with no released cure. These patients simply seek comfort throughout the process, and they can surely find that with cannabis.
One of the most common of these conditions is depression. In fact, depression is very common, and many people with it often times do not even show it. Depression can heavily bring down one’s mood. Luckily, cannabis can do exactly the opposite! Most cannabis strains, especially sativa strains, are known to improve moods and make the user feel uplifted. You can literally go from depressed to uplifted and relaxed after one joint, edible, or however you prefer to use cannabis.
There are some diseases out there that are very life-altering, and unfortunately, unlike depression, they cannot be cured (yet). Some require tons of attention for treatment, and some force the patient to need assistance with basic living. These diseases may include: Crohn’s Disease, epilepsy, various forms of cancer, HIV/AIDS, seizures, and others. There are also many others, too many to name them all.
Of all those listed above, cannabis can help treat them. Keep in mind, however, treat does not mean cure. Cannabis may be able to cure depression, but it won’t cure you cancer. However, recent research has found that cannabis may slow and prevent the spread of cancer cells. Therefore, it cannot cure you, but it can stop cancer from attacking your entire body.
There are also many true stories out there of those whose life changed after discovering the benefits of cannabis. One of the most notable is the story of Rick Simpson. If you have never heard about him, look him up and read his story. That alone may convince you to try cannabis oil. There is also the story of a young girl who suffered from hundreds of seizures every month, then started using cannabis oil and reduced her seizures from hundreds to only a handful every month. The strain she used was then named after her, called Charlotte’s Web.
If you suffer from an incurable disease and you believe there is no way you will ever find comfort again, try cannabis. It is a natural plant that has hundreds of medical properties and, if you are on your last stand already, why not try it? Even if it doesn’t cure you, it’ll get you high and let you have some fun for awhile.
How To Get These Benefits
Above are the most common ailments that cannabis can help treat, and in some cases, cure completely. Your goal now should be to recognize your specific conditions and see how cannabis can help you. Chances are that it can help. In addition, there are multiple ways to get cannabis in your system, so there is no excuses.
First, identify the strains you need to use. Indica or sativa? Maybe both? Maybe some hybrids? After that, which specific strains? If you are not sure, check out our strain reviews for tons of different strains, all with different benefits and effects. Alternatively, read the post below on the most common medical strains:
Another thing to take into consideration is THC and CBD, the two most common cannabinoids found in cannabis. Simply put, THC is the one that gets you high, and CBD does not but offers tons of medical benefits. When you hear about cannabis oil, most of the time it’s CBD oil. Which is good. Many people work in places that drug test for cannabis. However, did you know that drug tests only look for THC? They do not look for CBD, which is actually legal. Also, since it doesn’t get you high, many patients prefer only CBD as they only want medication.
As for ways to use the cannabis, there are some good options for patients. Of course there is the classic way of smoking it. But many patients cannot smoke weed, which is understandable. Try edibles. Reefer Post has tons of edible recipes. You can also try cannabis/CBD oil that you drop under your tongue, cannabis topicals for the skin, or even cannabis capsules (take weed just like your others meds!). Try different methods out and see which works best for you. After all, each method delivers different doses and some take longer than others to kick in.
That’s all for this post. Hopefully you enjoyed it and found out something new. Remember, research on cannabis medical benefits is still recent, and new information is always being discovered. If you have any additional questions, drop a comment below or contact me on the Contact Page. Thanks for reading!