Can Cannabis Help? 5 of Your Questions Answered About Cannabis and Health
We know that cannabis holds many medicinal benefits, but is it better at treating some issues than others? And to what extent? Our customers seem to have similar questions and we wanted to answer them to give you all some clarity about if and how you can treat certain health issues.
Can cannabis help with anxiety?
This is a common question we receive because, unfortunately, so many people suffer from anxiety. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, anxiety disorders affect approximately 18.7% of adults – that means about 40 million people.
The truth is, there have been mixed reviews. Because THC, a natural chemical compound found in cannabis, affects everyone differently, it can have different effects on anxiety too. Some people swear that cannabis completely absolves their anxiety, others claim it enhances it.
There are ways that you can optimize your chance of getting rid of your anxiety. The solution may lay in cannabis products that are low in THC and high in CBD. CBD is another natural chemical compound found in cannabis but is known as being non-psychoactive. This means it won’t get you high the way THC will, but may still provide incredibly effective relief from anxiety.
Can cannabis help depression?
If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, you know that it’s not an easy feat to pull yourself out of it. That’s why so many people turn to cannabis to relieve symptoms of depression to find some relief in their daily lives. According to the World Health Organization, about 350 million people in the world suffer from depression.
Not only do people treat their depression with cannabis now, but people have been self-medicating for depression with cannabis throughout history. Cannabis is a fast-working and safer alternative to antidepressants. Depression affects the brain by damaging and impacting nerve tissue and connections in the brain. Cannabis has been known to speed up development and even growth of these nerve tissues that have been impacted with little to no side effects.
There are certain strains that are cannabinoid-rich and terpene-rich that are better for treating depression than others. Our budtenders are more than happy to hear your story and help you find the perfect cannabis products for you. We’re here for you and love to help.
Can cannabis help diabetes? Can cannabis help you lose weight?
Obesity and diabetes are two important health concerns for many of our customers. While often unrelated, sometimes the two are correlated. Not only has cannabis proven to regulate insulin levels, but it’s also given results of a lower body mass index and smaller waist circumferences.
Certain strains that may be able to help with diabetes include Harlequin (for its high CBD, low THC content), Greek Crack (for its invigorating and uplifting effects), and Doug’s Varin (because of its high levels of THCV). These same strains may also aid in weight-loss because of their appetite-suppressing qualities.
Can cannabis help migraines?
Cannabis has been known to treat some headaches and migraines, but there is some scientific evidence to back up the benefits.
A study published by Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado showed that the average number of migraine headaches in their adult participants decreased from 10.4 per month to 4.6. Almost 40% of the subjects reported positive effects after using medical cannabis.
Methods of inhaling cannabis products seemed to be the most effective. Edibles weren’t as effective because it took longer to take effect and induced some sleepiness and unwanted intense euphoria.
Can cannabis help asthma?
It may be counterintuitive to believe that cannabis may be beneficial for helping to treat asthma. But according to scientific research, signs may be pointing to yes – even while smoked. Asthma is an inflammatory disease, and cannabis is known to be anti-inflammatory. Cannabis does the opposite of tobacco smoke in that instead of constricting bronchial passageways, it expands them.
But if you’re suffering from asthma, and the idea of smoking anything makes you concerned, there are still options for you. There are so many smoke-free methods to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without having to smoke it. You may want to consider looking into cannabis vaporizers for treating asthma with cannabis.
There’s no doubt that cannabis has some seriously beneficial medicinal qualities. There is still so much to be explored and discovered about our favorite plant. In the meantime, we still lack more in-depth research about how cannabis affects our bodies and minds. As decriminalization and destigmatization continue to progress, we’ll be able to learn more and more about it.
If you’re looking to self-medicate with cannabis, be sure to talk with your doctor about what might be best for you. Ask your doctor about how to supplement your current treatments with cannabis.