Weed and products derived from the magic flower are just about everywhere these days. Even those who steered clear of the plant when it was stigmatized are now turning to the vast research demonstrating its many healing properties.

So, are there benefits to cannabis? The answer, in short, is absolutely! In the following post, we’ve listed the top eight benefits of using cannabis. 

Stress Alleviation

Many cannabis users would say that there’s nothing in the world that alleviates their stress better than a bit of weed. And it’s true, that cannabis can help the mind and body to relax, to get out of fight-or-flight mode, and move into a calm and relaxed state.

According to a 2017 study by Drug and Alcohol Dependence in the US, scientifically speaking cannabis does indeed reduce stress, but only in low doses. 

Muscle Tension Relief

Cannabis also helps with muscle tension. The plant contains hundreds of different chemical compounds, the most famous being THC. THC is not only the psychoactive component responsible for the “high,” but it is also the main component responsible for physical relaxation.

Have you ever tried a small bit of weed and then gone for a walk, done some yoga, or tried some light stretching? You’ll know what we’re talking about. Tensions in the body are more easily dissolved with a bit of weed.  

Anti-Inflammation

As recent cannabis studies show, not only does the flower have a positive effect in taming inflammation and a myriad of ailments that come with inflammation, but the entourage effect created by the combination of compounds, including THC, gives a person an even better result.

When this synergy takes place, inflammation is greatly reduced, meaning the diseases and pains that go with it are improved as well. Cannabis has been known to help with a wide variety of inflammation problems. 

Reduction of Nausea and Appetite Loss

The cannabinoids, or chemical compounds within cannabis, are also responsible for significant reduction of nausea and appetite loss, which are usually associated with cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Researchers at The University of New Mexico examined the effects of using cannabis on nausea symptoms from five minutes to one-hour post-cannabis consumption and showed that using weed results in an average symptom improvement of nearly 4 points on a 0-10 scale just moments after consumption with increasing benefits over time.

Mindfulness and Presence

While there is currently no scientific evidence that weed directly helps with meditation, most who use small doses of cannabis would agree that it helps shift your focus to the here and now. Many people nowadays are using weed increasingly for exactly this reason: it can help promote mindfulness and presence.

In an increasingly chaotic and unpredictable world, many find that weed helps them reconnect with themselves and their core purpose and values. Regardless of what you are doing, using a bit of cannabis can help to make the moment more special and connected. 

Helps with Pain

Cannabis is also known to aid with physical problems like chronic pain. According to Medical News Today, medical cannabis is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional pain-relieving medications, including opioids. While more studies are needed, weed may ease certain kinds of chronic pain, including pain resulting from nerve damage and inflammation.

Many women are also now turning to cannabis for their monthly cycle, citing that weed really helps with cramps and heavy bleeding. Interestingly, not only does cannabis help with pain itself, but it seems to positively alter the emotional reaction to the actual pain experience.

Helps with Sleep

If used on a short-term basis, cannabis may help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep uninterrupted. Health experts generally do not recommend using sleep aids, including cannabis, on a long-term basis, because of their potential to impact your sleep quality and cause other side effects negatively.

Not only does THC induce sleep and help restore a natural sleep cycle, but studies show it may reduce REM sleep, which is the period of the night when a person dreams. For those who suffer from PTSD and nightmares, this can be life-changing to have cannabis reintroduce a peaceful sleep cycle. 

Helps with Mental Health

It’s important to see a professional doctor if you’re experiencing acute symptoms of mental health distress. For those experiencing general discomfort, anxiety, or lowered mood, cannabis often provides the mental boost needed. Using a small amount of weed can help ease anxiety and also lift the fog of depression. 

A 2021 study published by Frontiers in Psychiatry found people diagnosed with clinical depression who used medical marijuana had lower depression scores than those who were not cannabis users. Researchers also determined that participants who started using medicinal cannabis in a follow-up period saw a reduction in both depression and anxiety symptoms.

In Summary

Cannabis is a powerful plant that provides numerous benefits. We always advise you to start low and go slow – find a strain of weed that is low in THC content and only ingest a small amount, bit by bit. Most of marijuana’s proven health benefits come from smaller doses. As the plant continues to be destigmatized and demystified, it will be exciting to see what new research emerges about further benefits the magic little flower holds. 

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