There are many medical benefits of cannabis. Cannabis is an incredible plant, with a seemingly endless variety of uses. One of the most talked about uses of cannabis is as a medicine. There is significant historical evidence of cannabis being used as a medicine for thousands of years. Cannabis has a rich historical past as a medicine, but what are the medical benefits of cannabis?
There have been hundreds of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients discovered in cannabis. All of these have been found to have their own medicinal properties.
We can get into all of the details later. Today, we’re going to keep it simple, and narrow it down to some of the top medical benefits of cannabis.
To start, let’s look at what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has to say about the medicinal effects of cannabis. In their practically famous patent, #6630507, they clearly state cannabinoids work as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. They found “cannabinoids useful in the treatment” and prevention of a “wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases”.
Reducing inflammation, improving blood flow, and boosting our immune system are three major health benefits of cannabis.
Cannabis is known to work as a neuroprotectant. It protects our brain and nerve cells from damage, malfunction, and degeneration. The patent also discusses the successful use of cannabinoids in the treatment of neurological issues. They suggest cannabis is useful “in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia”. These neuroprotective properties of cannabis are another reason why cannabis is such a versatile medicine.
Cannabis has also been proven to be effective in the treatment of certain types of epilepsy. In 2018, the FDA approved the very first pharmaceutical medication derived from cannabis, called Epidiolex. It was approved to be prescribed in the treatment of two types of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
There is a growing amount of scientific evidence for the medical benefits of cannabis. It is helpful in reducing pain, encouraging sleep, assisting with addiction recovery, depression, anxiety, PTSD, improving quality of life in terminally ill patients, and more. Having the ability to help in the treatment of so many different conditions categorizes cannabis as an extremely versatile medicine.
So, how do you know if cannabis is right for you? Before making any medical decisions, always discuss them with your doctor first. If your doctor doesn’t recommend medical cannabis, find out why, and consider getting a second opinion.
Talk to your friends, family, or someone you might know who is already a medical cannabis patient. Once you’ve had time to think it over, if you decide to get registered as a medical patient, your next step is to visit a dispensary. Then, when you come to Terrabis, our Patient Care Associates will be ready to walk you through the steps for taking home the right cannabis product for you.