Written and Fact Checked by: S. Zulfiqar
The ever-growing health benefits of marijuana make it a hot topic for all cannabis enthusiasts. People that look up to marijuana for medical purposes have also grown fond of the plant. They want to know what medical marijuana is used for.
We are going to list down its uses but will brief you a bit about marijuana, what it is and where it is found.
Marijuana is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It is available in various forms and helps us with a lot of different conditions.
What is Medical Weed Used for?
Let’s take a quick look at what cannabis can be used for.
1. Provides Relief from Chronic Pain
The cannabis plant has hundreds of chemical compounds, and most of them are cannabinoids. Due to their unique chemical composition, they have a strong link to providing relief from chronic pains. That is why a lot of cannabis products (infused products) are commonly used to treat various pains.
2. Helps the Lungs
Smoking cannabis helps increase the capacity of the lungs. So if you’re one of those people that regularly smoke, try switching to cannabis. Not only will it provide you with tons of health benefits, but it might also enhance the capacity of your lungs. However, it’s important to mention here that smoking cigarettes or cannabis aren’t considered a super positive habit; it’s still harmful. More research needs to be carried out so that we can fully understand that smoking cannabis does help us and our lungs.
3. Reduces your Depression
Depression is surprisingly widespread, and it’s continuing to spread at a rapid pace. Most people don’t even know that they suffer from it. Certain compounds present in the cannabis plant, known as cannabinoids, are responsible for stabilizing our moods which can ultimately lead to an ease in depression.
So if you or anybody around you is suffering from this unfortunate condition, try introducing them to this plant and notice if it helps them in making them feel better.
4. It Definitely Helps with Seizures
Recent research shows signs that medical marijuana can help in controlling seizures. Around the world, patients of epilepsy are prescribed to use marijuana. The ones that are going through such conditions should consult their doctors and ask them about how it can help them with their conditions.
However, more research is ongoing on the topic. Till then, let’s hope that it does help with seizures, and even if it doesn’t, it offers tons of other potential benefits that can improve our overall health.
5. Medical Marijuana Makes Your Bones Strong
That’s right. Compounds in the plant known as cannabidiol have strong ties with helping people who have broken bones. It is believed that marijuana can help heal bones fast. This means if someone has a broken bone, marijuana can help them recover faster. Not only does it increase the timespan of the recovery, but it also tends to make the bones stronger. That means that the good old green plant will help you make your bones stronger than they used to be.
6. It Might as well Help Manage Cancer Complications
This one is considered the most significant medical benefit of the cannabis plant. It is believed that medical marijuana helps in mitigating complications of severe medical conditions like cancer. Even if it doesn’t help with every single type of cancer, there are some types of cancer in which it surely helps. There’s a decent amount of research that it does. That is why doctors around the world are convinced, hence doses of medical marijuana are being served to cancer patients.
7. Having Problems Concentrating? Light a Marijuana-filled Cigarette
Smoking a joint might help you manage a lot of your problems, including if you’re suffering from a lack of attention/focus (ADHD and ADD). People that are unable to focus on their daily tasks and/or having difficulties concentrating, this is the answer to your problem. Cannabis has shown promising results for the people that are facing the above-mentioned problems. It’s also considered a much safer substitute for Adderall and Ritalin.
8. Marijuana Shows Great Results as far as Hepatitis C is concerned
There are several side effects that one may face during the treatment of the disease, like fatigue, nausea, and muscle aches. For some hepatitis C patients, these side effects can last for months, and that can be a huge problem.
Marijuana can help the patients in reducing these side effects. Not only that, but it can also help the treatment in being more effective.
All these factors prove that marijuana has a lot of potential health benefits, and we can do well to get benefitted from this gift of nature. Even if you’re not suffering from any of the above-mentioned conditions, it can still do wonders as it has been in human use for so many centuries. Even in ancient times, people used this plant to get tons of health-related benefits. It might be something new for us; it’s certainly not for them.
On the other hand, it’s equally essential for you to first consult your doctor about the use of marijuana. It’s always a better idea to consult a professional instead of starting on our own. So make sure to visit your doctor first.
Other than that, make sure that it’s legal to consume marijuana. Check out the local or state laws before you start thinking about starting the smoky habit. Try asking your friends first, and then do minor research on your own to determine the exact status of marijuana in your area/state.
Finally, if it’s all green flags for you, it’s always a good idea to take a slow start and then build up as you start getting used to it. It’s pretty standard that people start smoking marijuana and escalate very quickly, and it never ends up ideally for them. So take a really slow and steady start and feel what you notice. How do your body and your mind react to it? If it’s all good, start increasing the amount of marijuana but only slightly? Happy smoking!
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