When you hear about the miracle benefits of cannabis
You most likely think about pot brownies and how they are the answer to weight loss and quitting smoking. But did you know that there are hundreds of different medical uses for this wonder plant? The list goes on. Even if you only think about it in the context of pot brownies, the plant is full of healthy benefits that can improve your health in a multitude of ways. Here’s just a few of them:
Cannabinoids work as powerful anti-inflammatory agents. In fact, they are one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatories known to man. When ingested, they act as a powerful natural antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, including within the joints and muscles. They are also reported to have a very positive effect on reducing joint and muscle pain. And since they are so effective, they can also help reduce the symptoms of arthritis and certain forms of cancer.
Cannabinoids are also noted to be helpful in lowering cholesterol
This is largely due to the way they interact with important proteins called lipase. Lipase is responsible for taking bad cholesterol and converting it into HDL, which is the good kind. As well, cannabidiol is useful in keeping glucose levels under control and preventing diabetes. It is also reported to benefit women who are in menopause. For many women, regular use of cannabis is enough to counter the negative side effects of menopause.
Cannabidiol also has very interesting health benefits. One is that it helps treat epileptic seizures, an effect that is otherwise only possible with the use of pharmaceuticals. The benefit may not be as profound as that for epileptic seizures, but it certainly helps lessen the side effects. And since cannabidiol is so similar in chemical composition to that of the active phytoestrogens in cannabis, it may be able to pass through the skin and enter the bloodstream. This would provide a likely source of the estrogenic activity that is observed in women.
In addition to those mentioned above, there are many other potential benefits of cannabis
However, it is difficult to draw a line between benefits and risks. Some studies, for instance, show that the psychoactive properties of cannabis may have some beneficial effect in calming children. There are also some reports of benefit in treating autism, depression, epilepsy and schizophrenia, although these reports remain controversial. Similarly, while the Canadian government has declared cannabis to be Schedule II (not recommended or recognized as a drug) and has recommended against its consumption, the United States government has not taken this step.
When it comes to consuming cannabis, or selling or cultivating it for any other purpose, the most common law enforcement method is the cultivation and possession of small amounts of cannabis. However, in the more enlightened countries, the production and sale of cannabis are generally illegal. In the United States, it is legal to cultivate and sell but not to grow it for personal use. Those who grow cannabis are frequently caught and fined, often serving time in jail. The question of whether cannabis should be made available to those who may legitimately benefit from it remains unanswered.