December 13, 2021

A Closer Look at the Health Benefits of Cannabis Use

Cannabis is finally getting some the credit it deserves: with legalization of recreational cannabis in many states across the country, millions now have access to this incredible plant that can offer health benefits and an enhanced way of living. From supporting pain relief to stress reduction, from restful sleep to easing the symptoms of PMS and menopause, cannabis could be the answer to the whole body health and wellness support you’ve been looking for.

How does it all work?

The cannabis plant produces cannabinoids that stimulate the Endocannabinoid receptors in our bodies just like endocannabinoids do. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a complex system known for “cell signaling,” a function that coordinates all cell actions in the human body. The combination of these cell actions determine how we feel, move, and act at any given moment. Within the ECS, endocannabinoids are compounds created by your body, and are similar to naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC and CBD are arguably the most well-known cannabinoids in cannabis.

The Endocannabinoid System is thought to be responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body, and so when disturbed, you can experience extreme symptoms like pain, temperature dysregulation, nausea, and insomnia. By binding to Endocannabinoid receptors, cannabinoids from cannabis can provide regulating services to your body. Tips welcome for services rendered!

Supports Pain Relief

Chronic pain has been the most documented and most common reason people have reported for their usage of cannabis. Conditions such as arthritis, neuropathy (nerve related pain) and migraine headaches are all conditions that fall under the umbrella of chronic pain conditions. Recent studies have reported nearly 2,500 participants from randomized trials found relief for their chronic pain from cannabis and cannabinoids.

Cannabis can also relieve common aches and pains of lesser severity that a person may experience after a tough workout at the gym. The THC in cannabis reduces sensations of pain through its anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation in the body after a grueling workout is crucial to the recovery process as it allows the body to perform optimally in the next workout.

Relieves Symptoms of Stress & Anxiety

Cannabis is often thought of as a substance that has a sedative effect on the mind and body. In 2014, a privately funded project titled Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) funded a study to measure the cognitive performance of patients using cannabis and cannabinoids. The study focused on conventional medication use, sleep, quality of life, measures of brain structure and function, mental health and other variables. The results of the studies performed by MIND show that patients who used cannabis for the relief from anxiety and stress had significant improvement in their cognitive performance. Cannabis may provide a safer, less addictive and more sustainable solution for patients looking for mental health and wellness support.

Helps Ease Menopausal Symptoms

Cannabis use can also have both mood-stabilizing and anti-nausea effects, two symptoms very common in women dealing with menopause. Because of its intimate interactions with the Endocannabinoid system in the body, cannabis use can help support or manage symptoms such as changes in body temperature or hot flashes, pain, mood swings, and insomnia. The CBD cannabinoid specifically targets mood and relieves pain, while THC’s anti-inflammatory properties can lower body temperature.

Facilitates Restful Sleep

The American Sleep Association reported that fifty to seventy million adults suffer from some type of sleep disorder and about forty million Americans will experience insomnia in their lifetime.

Both anecdotal and scientific evidence of THC’s sedative effects have been well documented. When used regularly, CBD may also help regulate circadian rhythms, which can lead to a more balanced and regular sleep pattern.

Additionally, THC has been linked to a reduction in REM sleep. REM sleep is the cycle of sleep in which dreams and nightmares commonly occur, which have been linked to disruptions in sleep patterns. Less REM sleep tends to result in fewer sleep disruptions, and for that matter, a more restful night.

Provides an Alcohol Alternative

Whether you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain or you love a rich Cabernet with your steak dinner, we all enjoy options and variety. Though it certainly offers a different experience than a cocktail or a football Sunday beer, cannabis can also enhance a relaxing, social atmosphere or get together. Just remember, strains of cannabis that lean in the Sativa direction tend to offer a heady, energetic buzz in contrast to more Indica-forward strains.

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