You may not know it but the regular consumption of cannabis could actually be saving your life. How’s that? Well, despite the more well-known health benefits of cannabis there are several other ways in which this amazing plant may be helping to save your life every time you use it. We all know the usual health benefits of cannabis, down below we have some of the most well known, and also a few surprises as well.
Weight Loss Aid
Depression is a very serious issue that affects more than 300 million people worldwide. If you use cannabis in any of its many forms, you are much less likely to suffer from depression. Researchers have found that the use of cannabis helps to normalize the endocannabinoid levels in the brains of depression sufferers here-by alleviating many of the symptoms normally associated with this disorder. Some of this can be attributed to little neurotransmitters in your brain called anandamide (also called the Bliss Molecule) which works kind of like an anti-anxiety medication when binding to your cannabinoid receptors increasing feelings of joy, well-being, and happiness.
Cannabis and cancer are two words that are increasingly being found together in the same sentence. Even Hollywood has made the cannabis smoking cancer-sufferer an image that most of us are very familiar with. Smoking cannabis or ingesting cannabis-infused edibles is a well-known way to ease the negative side effects of chemotherapy that many people with cancer experience. There is also increasing evidence that cannabis has components that can be used to actually kill cancer cells. Many studies like one done by the American Association for Cancer Research show that the CBD found in cannabis can kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. Cannabis can kill cancer cells and save your life.
Better Deep Sleep
Lack of sleep can be a real killer and can put a real damper on your everyday life. There is a condition known as Fatal Familial Insomnia that, although rare, can lead to death caused by extended periods of no sleep and exhaustion. As THC degrades it converts to a sedating chemical known as cannabinol or CBN which adds to the sleepy effect of potent indica strains. Studies have shown that those who use Cannabis with a high THC content before bed have a better chance of getting quality sleep. Quality sleep equals a quality life who would have thought?!
Can pain kill you? In most cases, pain by itself won’t kill you even though severe pain can certainly make you feel like you are dying. There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications for pain but many of them come with unwanted side-effects. Cannabis has been proven to be an effective painkiller – without nasty side effects. To Find a strain that’s right for your type of pain depends may take some experimenting but it’s much better than the possibility of addiction or dying from an overdose. In the period between 1999 and 2017, over 183,000 people died from painkiller overdoses in the US alone. Cannabis provides a natural form of pain relief that also greatly improves quality of life.
Brain Trauma Recovery
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a potentially fatal condition that kills almost 52000 people in the US every year and hinders many many more. Some recent studies including one by a professor from the University of Tel Aviv in 2013, suggest that marijuana can help protect a person’s brain from trauma, concussions and even aid in brain cell regrowth. Studies on mice have shown that swelling in the brain is reduced when marijuana is used. According to a study, published in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, a compound that is found in marijuana known as Cannabidiol (CBD) can actually help your brain grow. WOW
Cannabis can really help to inspire you, get your creative juices flowing and help you to express your inner artist. There have been numerous studies that have shown cannabis can help spur creativity and improve things like vocabulary and general thinking. But did you know being creative and acting on those creative urges is actually amazing for you? Being in a creative state also known as “Being in the Zone” aka “Flow” forces you to forget your worries allowing you to de-stress and get focused. In a state of “flow”, a person is fully engaged in a task, working, progressing, while being totally absorbed by what’s in front of them. Activity and lack of self-consciousness are the two pillars of flow. Reaching this state is easier as dopamine is released when cannabis is used, causing our brains to think a little differently.