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Cannabis Effects and Benefits

The Benefits Are Endless

The interest has grown in cannabis since it has become legal in California and other states. Cannabis is now being sold recreationally and medically in the state of California. Anyone that is over the age of twenty-one has access to this plant. Research on the health benefits of cannabis is continuously growing. Here are five benefits of using cannabis:

1)      Chronic pain treatment

Cannabis can reduce chronic pain and improve the quality of life for those that suffer with it. Cannabis has cannabinoids which have been linked to the reduction of chronic pain. According to a patient survey on the therapeutic effects of cannabis, the average reported pain relief was sixty-four percent relative decrease in pain.

2)      Reduces nausea

CBD, a cannabinoid found in cannabis that doesn’t get you high, showed promise in alleviating nausea. Nausea can be caused by many things because it is a symptom. It’s your body telling you that something is wrong through your nervous system. Since cannabis interacts with our cannabinoid receptors and alters the signals in our brain, it could help block nauseous sensations.

3)      Improves sleep outcomes

THC, a cannabinoid found in cannabis, is known for inducing sleep. In a 2008 study, it was found that it reduces the amount of REM sleep you get, which means reducing dreams and potentially nightmares. If taken moderately and properly, cannabis could be used to help alleviate insomnia and improve quality of sleep.

4)      Stress and anxiety relief

Cannabis can help reduce stress and anxiety as well. Even though cannabis is known to induce anxiety, if used moderately and in the right way, it can help alleviate anxiety. In a patient survey conducted in Hawaii, fifty percent of respondents reported relief from stress and anxiety.

5)      Helps with ADHD/ADD

Cannabis might also help with ADHD by increase the availability of dopamine in the brain. ADHD is caused by a shortage of dopamine, a neurotransmitter related to memory and attention. The medications that are normally used to treat ADHD/ADD stimulate the production of dopamine, but they also interfere with the breakdown of it. Cannabis might be able to provide a way to treat ADHD/ADD without the adverse side effects if administered properly.

References

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Webb, C. W., & Webb, S. M. (2014). Therapeutic benefits of cannabis: a patient survey. Hawai’i journal of medicine & public health : a journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health73(4), 109–111.

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